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Provost Umphrey Law Firm
BEAUMONT, TX, July 1, 2014 –
Provost Umphrey attorneys Paul "Chip" Ferguson and Ryan Schaper reached a confidential settlement with Hercules Tires on May 20, 2014.Â The lawsuit, first filed in 2012, prompted an internal investigation at Hercules, which then led to
a recall in February 2013.
"Due to our efforts, the defective tire was pulled from the market before any more deaths occurred. Thankfully we have made the roads a little safer for everyone," says Ferguson.
Ferguson represented Robert Weaver's 13 year old daughter in the case. Weaver was a passenger in a Dodge pickup that left the roadway when one of its front tires failed. Mr. Weaver died at the scene. The tire was manufactured by a Chinese manufacturer and sold in the U.S. under the Hercules brand name.
Believed to be one of the largest settlements of its kind, Ferguson added, "While we take great satisfaction in the result achieved for our client, there is an even greater satisfaction in the fact that we were able to do good for the population as a whole. This case helped us all by forcing a recall of a dangerous, defective and deadly product."
Tire safety remains a serious issue, even after massive recalls from
BFGoodrich, and Hercules in past years. In order for recalls to be effective, the public needs to be informed of them. Often, this is not the case as large amounts of crashes still involve tires that were previously recalled. The
Motor Vehicle Safety Act required the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to make automobile recall information publicly available to consumers on the internet. However, there is no similar mandate for tire recalls. Since the Motor Vehicle Safety Act went into effect in 1966, over 46 million tires have been recalled. Unfortunately, defective tires are continuing to be produced and recalled tires remain in service.
For fifty years,
Provost Umphrey's mission has remained to seek justice for those most in need – those who have suffered a personal injury or death due to the wrongful conduct of others. Our attorneys fight for our clients nationwide with offices in Beaumont and Houston Texas, Arkansas and Nashville, Tennessee. Led by Walter Umphrey, Provost*Umphrey continues to be one of the most successful trial law firms in the nation by remaining
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