Defective Automobile Tire: Wrongful Death

Don Corson represented an Oregon widow and her four children in a $1.87 million federal wrongful death case. The jury returned a unanimous verdict against the manufacturer of a defective tire that exploded, causing a fatal collision. Prosecution of the case involved extensive investigation, working with law enforcement agencies, mechanical engineers, experts in tire design, materials, and manufacturing, and an internationally-recognized tire failure analysis expert. The trial team was able to show that there was a manufacturing defect which created a separation between the body and tread that was allowed to grow over time until it failed catastrophically in a sudden explosive event. Compensation was later reduced by the court to $1.4 million in order to comply with Oregon’s cap on damages in wrongful death cases.