$1.2M Verdict to Trucker Hurt in Crash Caused by Defective Tire

January 9th, 2017

Defective Tire Crash

By Dean I. Weitzman, Esq.


A truck driver who was injured when a tire tread separated on a gravel truck he was driving in 2010 has been awarded $1.2 million in damages by a state jury in Arkansas following a trial in connection with his product liability lawsuit.

The trucker, Elmer Philpot, now 76, was operating the gravel truck in Arkansas in 2010 “when the tread of his right front tire separated” and caused his truck to crash, according to a Sept. 9 story by Law360. Philpot received leg fractures in the crash and later required hip replacement surgery in connection with the incident, the story reported.

Hankook Tire Co. Ltd., the manufacturer of the tire and the defendant in the case, was ordered by the jury to pay $1.2 million in damages as part of its product liability verdict, the story reported. Hankook was “negligent in its design, testing, construction and manufacture” of the 22.5-inch tire and “failed to inspect the tire or warn of its defects,” Philpot’s attorney said in the trial. The defect that led to the crash “originated at the Hankook plant in South Korea,” the story reported.

Hankook also “had to pay $43,000 after a judge found that it obstructed discovery,” according to court documents, said the report. “In discovery, Hankook originally only turned over documents related to the same model that was on Philpot’s dump truck, and only at the plant where they were manufactured, according to records of an unsuccessful appeal of the $43,000 sanction,” the story reported.

“The judge didn’t buy it, saying that Hankook’s ‘conduct in obstructing discovery has been egregious,'” the story continued.

Additional lawsuits involving more Hankook tire problems are still possible, the plaintiff’s attorneys said, according to Law360.  “These 22.5-inch tires have been coming off around the country,” one of the attorneys said.

The plaintiff was also awarded $1 million in damages for pain and suffering. The case was heard in the Circuit Court of Conway County, Arkansas.

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