Attorney Jason Cornell recently filed a defective tire complaint against
six local and international corporations on behalf of our client whose
son was killed in a 2013 crash in Florida. Werner Letterman was
driving a large commercial tanker truck northbound on I-95, and when his
right front tire separated and blew out causing the truck to leave the
highway and crash into a tree. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
The tire manufactured in China by Chinese corporation Shangdong Linglong Tire Co., Ltd was found to have numerous design and manufacturing defects. Shangdong, along with the company that imported and sold the tire in the United States, Horizon Tire, Inc., both face allegations of negligence and strict liability.
The tire was installed on the truck in 2007, and from 2007 through 2013, the truck was inspected numerous times by four separate companies including Miami-based National Truck Center, Inc., Port St. Lucie-based Rudy's Plumbing Service, Inc.; Pompano Beach-based Southeast Truck Specialist, Inc.; and Pompano Beach-based AJ Mobile Tires, Inc. Although the tire had plenty of remaining tread depth, none of these companies uncovered the signs of a progressive failure or detected the defects in the tire during their inspections; therefore, all four companies, as well as AJ Mobile Tires' president Abdelalah B. Abdelghani, are facing allegations of negligence.