Truck Driver Awarded $3 MILLION For Injuries Sustained in Crash Caused by Defective Tire
Pittsburgh, PA – A truck driver has been awarded more than $3 million for serious injuries sustained in a crash determined to have been caused by a defective tire.
An Allegheny County jury delivered a unanimous verdict awarding truck driver Milford Stevens a total of $3.08 million after he suffered serious injuries stemming from a crash in September of 2014.
Stevens was operating a 2007 Mack tri-axle dump truck — owned by Thomas Construction — at the time of the accident.
According to court documents, Stevens was traveling at highway speed and hauling more than 72,000 lbs. of sand on U.S. 422 near Muddy Creek Township when the tread separated on the left front Kumho Powerfleet 983 tire.
The tire failure caused Stevens to lose control of the vehicle and flip.
Stevens suffered serious neurological injuries as well as fractures to his vertebrae, head and face.
During two weeks of trial testimony, Stevens’ lawyers presented evidence showing that the tire was “defective in design and should not have been placed on the market,” according to a release.
The jury determined that sufficient evidence presented at trial proved the tire’s belts did not include an adequate AO package thereby preventing the tire from premature failure due to oxidation issues.
“This truck was a ticking time bomb because manufacturers like Kumho Tire USA are driven by profit rather than safety,” said Wes Ball, attorney for Stevens. “Bad designs cause bad problems. Companies like this shouldn’t be allowed to benefit from our system of trade while disregarding the safety of our citizens.”