• June 28, 2022

Peggy Hagan Injured in Tire Blowout Accident on I-35 in Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX — April 22, 2022, 53-year-old Peggy Hagan was seriously injured in a tire blowout accident on R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35) in Dallas.

According to reports the incident happened around 5:45 a.m. on the interstate near West Overton Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Hagan was driving a Toyota Prius north on the roadway in the right lane. The front left tire of the vehicle blew and investigators believe it caused her to swerve into a concrete barrier nearby. The car then rebounded into the barrier on the opposite side of the road.

Hagan suffered serious injuries in the crash.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Peggy Hagan Accident in Dallas

People have an unfortunate tendency to write tire blowout accidents off without much scrutiny. The general assumption is that something in the road--vehicle debris, a loose nail--kicked up and punched through the tire. Because that's so common folks sometimes blame every wreck on it without considering alternatives. Road debris is not the only possible explanation; for instance, what if the tire was defective?

It's one thing if something on the road blew the tire, but it's another entirely if it failed due to poor design or fabrication by its makers. Under those circumstances the tire's manufacturer may be liable for any crash caused by their faulty product.

Peggy Hagan Injured in Tire Blowout Accident on I-35 in Dallas, TX

Here's the thing: Distinguishing a defect from a typical tire blowout can be pretty complex and requires particular tools and forensic training. Law enforcement rarely prioritizes tire reconstruction, though, and doesn't train boots-on-the-ground investigators to make heads or tails of why a tire gave way. In most cases where a defect might be involved, I suggest involving independent experts with the right equipment and know-how to tell the difference.

If a defective tire was at the root of this crash, its maker may have a duty to help the person hurt by it. It has implications beyond this specific accident too, since the manufacturer might also need to recall other tires from that production run or else risk thousands of other vehicles crashing in the same way. Hopefully appropriate care will be taken to learn the whole story and the right steps be taken once the facts are in.

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