Date: August 20, 2011
Location: Highway 22E, milepost 34, near Gates
Names: Olivia P. Carr, Marley E. Littlefield
Oregon State Police say a tire malfunction is the cause of a Saturday afternoon single vehicle accident that seriously injured 17-year-old Independence girl, Olivia Carr. Tire malfunctions can be potential cause for a product liability lawsuit.
According to the report, Carr was the sole passenger in a 1999 Saturn being driven by Marley Littlefield, 20, also of Independence. They were westbound on Highway 22E, near milepost 34, when tire tread separated from one of the tires, causing Littlefield to lose control. The vehicle traveled down a steep embankment and rolled at least once, before finally stopping upside down on its roof.
Members of Gates Rural Fire Protection District, as well as Oregon State Police, were called to the scene. Carr was treated for serious injuries, then taken by a LifeFlight air ambulance to Oregon Health & Sciences University Hospital. Littlefield was transferred to Santiam Hospital, where she was treated for what were described as minor injuries.
We hope both Olivia Carr and Marley Littlefield make full and speedy recoveries after this unfortunate accident.
Product liability is the area of law that holds manufacturers accountable for dangerous or defective products, potentially like the tires in this accident. Product liability cases play an important role in ensuring the products we buy are safe. If the manufacturer made a mistake with the design or manufacturing of the tires, the Carr family might be able to receive compensation to help pay medical bills, etc.
There are three main types of product liability claims:
1) Manufacturing defect
2) Design defect
3) A failure to properly warn (also known as marketing defects)
If you or someone you know has received an injury caused by a product, we encourage you to learn more about your rights and options. Contact a Portland product liability lawyer who can guide you through the complexities of product liability law.