On September 19, 2011, a man died after his car was struck by a tire that came loose from a flatbed tractor-trailer just north of Boston. The truck was leased by Sullivan Tire.


Police stated that the truck, with four tires strapped on its bed, was on Interstate 93 south when a 400-pound tire came loose at about 3 p.m. The tire struck a car driven by 27-year-old Joseph LeBlanc of Lynn on the northbound side of the highway in Somerville, Massachusetts. Mr. LeBlanc’s car came to rest between the guardrails separating the lanes. The death remained under investigation by authorities.
Auto accidents are among the leading causes of deaths and injuries in our country. Victims of motor vehicle negligence may have a variety of legal remedies. The critically important investigation and preparation of a car accident case involving death and catastrophic injury require a complete understanding of numerous issues, including:

  • The complexities of insurance coverage, including liability insurance, excess or umbrella insurance, and insurance coverage to address particular losses such as medical care costs and lost wages
  • Reconstruction of the automobile accident, which typically requires the involvement of expert witnesses
  • Product liability matters involving design and manufacturing defects
  • The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) rules and regulations, as well as the governmental oversight authority
  • Liability for the negligent operation of a vehicle that was leased or rented by the operator, as well as vehicles used in the course of business, and vehicles operated within the scope of work for a state or local governmental agency.

If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries as the result of the negligent operation of a motor vehicle and would like to speak with an experienced attorney, please contact us. We are available to answer your questions and discuss important steps in protecting your legal rights; you can call us at (617) 742-1900, or if you are outside the Boston area, call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. You may also contact us online.
By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz, P.C.Permalink

About the Author: James Swartz
Mr. Swartz, our Managing and Principal Attorney at Swartz & Swartz P.C., is a nationally recognized and respected trial attorney as well as consumer advocate. His practice focuses on cases involving negligence, torts, products liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and other claims involving catastrophic injuries.

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