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Tire company faces wrongful death claims

When entire families are involved in serious car accidents in the state of Texas or anywhere else, determining fault can be an incredibly important and emotional step in moving forward. And in cases involving child accident victims, the need to hold guilty parties accountable for their actions can be overwhelming.

In the late summer of 2012, a vehicle carrying 12 people crashed into a road sign after flipping over near Marshall, Texas. Seven of the vehicle occupants survived their injuries, but five others died as a result of the single-vehicle collision. While it was not stated how many of the fatal accident victims were children, nine were reportedly in the vehicle at the time of the collision.

In December of last year, the surviving family members who were involved in the fatal car accident filed a lawsuit against the maker of the tires equipped on the vehicle. According to the suit, the fatal collision was caused by the tread belt on one of the tires separating. As a result, the defendant in the suit was accused of negligence and strict liability.

For their part, the tire company argued that others were responsible for the nature and severity of the fatal accident. The defendant claimed that only two of the 12 people inside the vehicle were wearing safety restraints when the collision occurred.

Successfully pursuing personal-injury claims can be a long and complex process. That is why accident victims and their families have the right to seek legal counsel at any time.

Source:, “Texas family sues Cooper over fatal accident,” Feb. 9, 2015

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