Costa Mesa Resident Oscar Serrano-Guevara Killed In Car Accident That Injured Edwin Cruz-Nedrano In Callaway County, Missouri After Flat Tire: Help Support The Family of the Victims Through Go Fund Me
CALLAWAY COUNTY, MISSOURI (April 17, 2019) – A 42-year-old man identified as Oscar Serrano-Guevara and his 43-year-old passenger Edwin Cruz-Nedrano were involved in a car accident on Interstate 70 after experiencing a flat tire.
Missouri Highway Patrol are saying that Oscar Serrano-Guevara died following the accident and his passenger Edwin Cruz-Nedrano sustained moderate injuries.
Both victims were in a 2000 Toyota Tundra by mile marker 142 when one of the tires blew out. The pickup truck hit the center median cable and then overturned.
Firefighters rushed to the scene of the accident and transported Oscar Serrano-Guevara to the University Hospital in Columbia. Edwin Cruz-Nedrano refused medical attention following the crash.
An investigation into the source of the flat tire remains ongoing at this time.
Causes Of Tire Blowouts
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are more than 78,000 car accidents every year due to tire blowouts and 400 deaths. Tire blowouts can become especially deadly when they cause a vehicle to roll. This may happen if a driver over-corrects in the time shortly after the blowout. There are a number of reasons why a tire blowout may take place.
- Under-inflation: The tire-walls of under-inflated tires flex more which can cause a dangerous buildup of heat.
- Overload: Every tire is designed to carry a certain weight limit. Carrying too much cargo can be dangerous and increase the likelihood of tire failure.
- Tire wear: Bald tires heat up faster and are more prone to failure.
- Damage: Nails, potholes and road debris can tear chunks out of tires and increase the likelihood of a blowout.
- Age: Tires are typically safe for 6 – 10 years, but the rubber starts to deteriorate over time.
- Manufacturing defects: Tire blowouts may occur due to improper chemical bonding of the inner an outer tread of a tire.
It’s important to periodically have your tires checked. In the event of a blowout, the best thing to do is nothing and let the car naturally slow down. Depending on the facts of any case there may be numerous sources of liability for a tire-blowout.
Liability In Tire Blowout Accidents
Tire blowouts can catch drivers completely off-guard and are extremely dangerous when a vehicle is traveling at freeway speeds. Victims of tire blowouts are often seriously injured or even killed. There are multiple sources of potential negligence for a tire blowout accident:
- Tire Manufactures: Companies that create car tires have a legal responsibility to make products that are reasonably safe. But in many circumstances this doesn’t happen. Defects in the manufacturing or design process may cause improper chemical bonding. If this takes place, the inner and outer portions of the tread can become separated and fail. Victims may have legal recourse through a product liability claim.
- Municipal Negligence: The state of Missouri has a legal responsibility to design, construct and maintain reasonably safe roads. According toState ex rel. Missouri Highway and Transp. Com’n v. Dierker, 961 SW 2d 58 (MO Banc 1998),the state of Missouri may bear civil liability for a car accident caused by a dangerous condition on public property. For example, deep potholes might cause a tire-blowout and lead to an accident.
The family of a victim that died in a tire blowout accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages may include compensation for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can investigate your case free of cost and let you know what your legal rights are.
Investigating A Tire Blowout Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Oscar Serrano-Guevara and hope that Edwin Cruz-Nedrano makes a complete recovery. Any witnesses that may have seen what happened should reach out to authorities as they continue to investigate. No family should ever have to go through something like this.
If you or someone that you love has been involved in a tire-blowout accident there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get the answers that they deserve following a collision. Whether you need a free investigation into your case or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.