Couple injured on motorcycle claims Goodyear Dunlop tire deflated on interstate

By Ann Knef | Jun 18, 2008

A Brighton couple who sustained serious injuries after the rear tire of their 2003 Harley Davidson Ultra "suddenly and catastrophically" deflated on a Missouri interstate last year are suing Goodyear Dunlop Tires.

Darla and Michael Green, who were traveling west on Interstate 70 in Lafayette County, Mo. on July 27, 2007, are seeking at least $500,000 in a lawsuit filed June 6 in Madison County Circuit Court.

They claim their motorcycle went out of control after the tire deflated and wrecked, ejecting both of them.

Darla Green suffered severe traumatic brain injury, skull fracture, fractured ribs, fractured left clavicle, punctured lung, lacerated liver, lacerated spleen, laceration to the right eye, multiple severe lacerations and abrasions and loss of vision, the complaint states.

Michael Green suffered multiple severe lacerations and abrasions and extreme emotional distress, the complaint states.

According to the suit, the tire was manufactured without the rubber skin stock tightly bonded to the carcass ply resulting in the rubber failing to properly adhere to the cords.

The complaint also alleges the tire was manufactured without the proper type of amount of rubber being applied over the cords and made without adequate adhesion of the polyester carcass to the rubber.

The Greens purchased the tire over the internet, the complaint states.

They are represented by Stephen R. Wigginton, J. Michael Weilmuenster and J. Brian Manion of Weilmuenster & Wigginton of Belleville.

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