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Defective Tire Causes Two Fatalities

Navajo County, Arizona: On November 29, 2015, at approximately 12:49 p.m. on Interstate 40 in the city limits of Holbrook, Arizona, Norma and Bill Tinstman were on their way home from Thanksgiving with their daughter Ann Bogie, to spend some time with their daughter Sarah Brusegaard and her family. While enjoying their drive along historic Route 66, they were faced with a tractor trailer that had crossed the median and was coming at them sideways across all of their lanes of traffic. With no time to react and no place to go, the trailer destroyed their vehicle and killed them instantly and horrifically. The truck driver of the tractor trailer lost control of this tractor and trailer due to a tire defect and failure in his Bridgestone left front tire.

David Rumley and Cullen Moore of Wigington Rumley Dunn & Blair, LLP prosecuted a lawsuit against Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC and Bridgestone Americas, Inc. alleging the tire defect caused the deaths of both Bill and Norma Tinstman.

The daughters of Bill and Norma Tinstman suffered the great loss of both their parents in an instant. The Tinstmans were a huge support factor in their family and their family relationships were a foundation of their life. The daughters suffered severe and permanent losses including the mental anguish from such a tragic event. This case settled for a confidential sum.