A common product liability issue is the danger caused by car and truck tires that are aged 5 years or more. Tires, like any other rubber product, have a limited service life regardless of the amount of tread depth left and regardless of how much you used the tire. Tire manufacturers have known for decades that tires become dangerous as they age past 5 years. After 5 years, the tire becomes vulnerable to having a tread separation blow out failure that can cause a driver to lose all control of the car, SUV or truck and have an accident. As tires age, they deteriorate internally but usually no damage or problems can be seen by looking at the outside of the tire.
We read about the tragedies surrounding motor vehicle accidents regularly. When those accidents involve pedestrians, the end result is often severe injuries and in some cases even death. For one Downers Grove teen, the injuries he received after being struck by a car while he was crossing the street have left him severely disabled.
A bicycle accident in Darien has set in motion a petition to change state law. The victim's family and members of an Illinois Valley community want harsher criminal penalties for drivers who cause pedestrian accidents.