Phila. tire shop faces product liability claim from injured motorists

By Jon Campisi | Oct 1, 2012

Two Philadelphia residents have filed a product liability complaint against a city tire

shop over allegations that they suffered injuries after one of the tire’s on the vehicle in which they were riding came off during a trek across the river in Camden, N.J.

Philadelphia attorney Marc F. Greenfield, of the firm Spear, Greenfield & Richman, filed suit Sept. 21 in state court in Philadelphia against Black Tire Shop and Black Tire Shop #2, which are based in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood.

Also named as defendants in the case are Sally Alvarez and Maria F. Quiterio De Espinosa, who are identified as representatives of the defendants.

According to the complaint, Lopez was driving a vehicle at or near the Walt Whitman Bridge in Camden County, New Jersey back on May 8, 2011, when, without warning, one of the tires on the vehicle suddenly came off, causing the plaintiffs to sustain various injuries.

Carney was a passenger in Lopez’s vehicle at the time of the incident.

As a result of the accident, which was allegedly caused by the defective tire, both plaintiffs sustained a variety of back injuries as well as aggravation to their respective pre-existing conditions, the lawsuit claims.

Each plaintiff has suffered “great pain, anguish, sickness and agony and will continue to suffer [the same] for an indefinite time,” the complaint alleges.

The plaintiffs have also suffered emotional injuries, earnings losses and further loss and detriment, the suit states.

The lawsuit does not explain the relationship between the plaintiffs.

The defendants are accused of improperly installing tires, failing to provide sufficient warnings as to the “reasonably foreseeable defects and dangerous nature of the product,” failing to exercise proper care and other acts of alleged negligence.

The plaintiffs seek judgment in the amount of $50,000, plus interest and litigation costs.

A jury trial has been demanded.


The case ID number is 120902520. 

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