Lawsuit filed for car crash death caused by dangerous tire

As reported by the Associated Press (AP), attorneys Tom D’Amore and Douglas Oh-Keith of D’Amore Law Group filed a lawsuit on behalf of a young woman who died in a car crash caused by a dangerous, defective tire.

Ivon Carina Barajas-Orozco, her husband Heriberto, and their three-year-old son wanted to visit Heriberto’s grandfather in Chicago. He was sick with cancer, and wanted to meet his young great-grandson.

Several members of the extended family drove to Chicago; Heriberto, Ivon and their son rode along. As they headed home to Oregon on an Iowa highway, the tread on the Ford Expedition’s right rear tire separated from the rim.

The tire instantly deflated. The truck veered off the side of the road and into the median, where it rolled.


Heriberto, Ivon and their three-year-old son.

Ivon was fatally injured, and died at the crash scene. She was seven months pregnant.

Tires that are safely designed, and within the tread life, do not separate. This tire was unreasonably dangerous: it should not have been sold.

This week, D’Amore Law Group filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Ivon’s family.

“Wrongful death” is the legal way of saying that someone died because of the bad actions of another person or company. In this case, a 21-year-old woman and her unborn child were killed because of a dangerous product. The lawsuit names as defendants the tire manufacturer and the car dealer where the truck and tires were purchased 2 weeks prior to the fatal tire failure.

See the full AP story: Husband of Oregon woman killed in crash files lawsuit

Please contact Tom D’Amore of D’Amore Law Group with questions: 503-222-6333, or

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