CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, March 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The team at Brunkenhoefer, P.C. is proud to announce that it has secured a $33 million-dollar verdict on behalf of a South Texas family who lost a loved one in a tragic collision with a concrete truck.
The deceased, Ramiro Munoz, Jr., was driving northbound on Highway 83 outside of Carrizo Springs in Dimmit County, Texas on June 11, 2013 when a concrete truck struck his vehicle. The cause of the crash was determined to be a catastrophic tread separation in the left front tire of the concrete truck that caused the vehicle to pull to the left and into oncoming traffic. The truck driver attempted to regain control of the truck by braking and steering to the right, but the vehicle tipped over onto the driver side and slid down the highway and into the victim's vehicle.
The tire was a 385/65R22.5 Goodyear G286A "Super Single" heavy truck tire that was manufactured in the company's Danville, VA plant. The plaintiffs argued that severe defects including misalignment of the steel belts and lack of adhesion between them allowed the belt package to tear away from the tire carcass. These defects, the plaintiffs argued, were caused by plant conditions that included water contamination from roof and pipe leaks, as confirmed by several employees of the plant.
The plaintiffs' attorneys also contended that Goodyear:
- Used overaged rubber stock which affected adhesion of the belt layers
- Failed to x-ray tires to detect defects prior to sale
- Failed to provide enough time and manpower to properly inspect tires before sale
Goodyear contended that the crash was due to faulty maintenance of the truck and tire on the part of the company that owned the truck, D.G.J. Transport, Inc. They pointed to the fact that the truck had several "out of service" violations prior to the crash, and also noted that the truck was legally overweight by 2,000 lbs. and 5,000 lbs. over the gross vehicle weight (GVW). Goodyear also contended that the truck driver took faulty evasive action when the tire failed, and that the driver's action rather than the tire failure caused the crash.
After only three hours of deliberation, the jury rendered a unanimous verdict on behalf of the plaintiffs, holding Goodyear responsible for the defectively manufactured tire and D.G.J. Transport, Inc. responsible for contributing to the crash. The jury further determined that Goodyear and its tire were 90% responsible for the crash and D.G.J. Transport and/or its driver was 10% at fault.
Lead trial attorney R. Blake Brunkenhoefer says of the verdict: "On behalf of everyone who helped make this possible, including my talented colleagues John Gsanger and Judge Francisco Ponce, we are honored that the Munoz family chose us to take up their cause, and we are pleased to see that justice was served in this case. It is our hope that Goodyear will change its production practices at the Danville, VA plant and across the country, to ensure that this never happens again. The jury certainly did its part to send Goodyear a message. Time will tell if Goodyear heard them."
About the Firm
R. Blake Brunkenhoefer is licensed to practice law in Texas, Colorado and Arizona, he is a proud member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and he has tried negligence and product liability cases throughout the country since 1992. His father, Robert E. Brunkenhoefer, is board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been helping those who have been hurt due to negligence in Corpus Christi and the surrounding areas since 1976. As experienced trial lawyers, Blake and Robert are committed to protecting those who have been harmed through no fault of their own, and they will not rest until they see to it that the responsible parties are held accountable.
To learn more about our firm and how we help those in need, visit our website at https://www.brunklaw.com.
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