Document Destruction and Verdict Against Hankook Tires

Hankook Tires on orange car

An Arkansas jury recently returned a substantial verdict in a case against tire manufacturer Hankook. A 76 year-old man suffered a fractured leg and hip in a truck crash that was caused by a loss of control that occurred when the tread on the right front tire separated from the body of the tire. Although the driver’s injuries were not life-threatening, the jury returned a verdict of over $1 million dollars because there was evidence that the tire company had destroyed documents that were important to proving why the tire was defective. The plaintiff produced evidence showing that Hankook had created and maintained files concerning the chemical composition of the rubber used in tire liners and belts, but many of the documents were destroyed and not produced. Destruction and concealment of important documentary evidence occurs far too often in cases involving major corporate defendants.

People who have been injured in trucking crashes have a right to recover damages against negligent companies, including medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life. If the company’s misconduct is serious, the person injured may have a right to recover punitive damages. Likewise, family members have a right to recover damages when a someone dies in an incident of this nature and spouses of those injured or killed can also have a right to recover damages for loss of consortium, care, comfort, and society.

Robert P. Schuster, P.C. has investigated vehicle crashes—and successfully held companies accountable—for decades. We have achieved unparalleled success in North Dakota, Wyoming, New Mexico, Illinois, and elsewhere by relying on basic, fundamental principles. Caring for and believing in our clients. Thorough investigation and preparation. Creative and strategic focus. Unrelenting hard work. If you or a family member has been injured in a vehicle crash, the lawyers and staff at Robert P. Schuster, P.C., will be happy to answer your questions and assist you in any way we can. Please call us at 1.307.732.7800—or email Bob Schuster directly at