Whether you have been injured by a defect in your motorcycle or have lost a loved one in an accident caused by a defective part, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses. Motorcycles are complex machines, and a defect can cause serious and fatal injuries. Fortunately, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and more through a product liability claim.
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A product liability claim may involve the manufacturer of the motorcycle or its parts or the garage or mechanic that installed the parts. In addition, if the defect was part of the original design, the designer may be liable for damages. If you believe that a defect caused your accident, it is important to contact an attorney for more information.
A defect in the fuel system can lead to an accident that causes burns or a fire. A faulty fuel tank may also lead to a motorcycle explosion on impact. This defect can be caused by a design flaw, improper installation, or even by a garage that improperly maintained the motorcycle.
A defective motorcycle can also cause a rider to lose control. Tires that are too small, poorly manufactured, or improperly installed can cause the motorcycle to swerve or skid. Similarly, a tire with a detachable tread may cause the rider to lose control of the motorcycle.
Handlebars are also critical for controlling a motorcycle. If the handlebars are defective, the rider will have difficulty steering, and will not be able to avoid an accident. A defective brake pad can also cause the rider to lose control, making it difficult for the rider to stop.
If a defect in the motorcycle’s design causes an accident, you may be able to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer. These claims are often based on a thorough investigation of the accident scene. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident and are concerned that the defect may have caused the accident, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Motorcycles are highly regulated, and manufacturers are expected to build safe products. However, some manufacturers choose not to issue safety recalls for their motorcycles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the primary medium for exposing defects in American vehicles, and they often notify those who purchased a recalled motorcycle. They typically provide information on the affected area of the vehicle, as well as the specific parts involved.
Other motorcycle defects that cause accidents include faulty brakes, faulty tires, and a defective fuel system. In some cases, these defects can be a result of improper maintenance, but in others, they may be a result of a manufacturer’s failure to make the motorcycle sufficiently safe.
When a defect causes an accident, it is important to preserve the motorcycle in case the manufacturer decides to issue a recall. In addition, the manufacturer may be liable for damages if they failed to warn riders of the defect.
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