Dangers When Riding: Motorcycle Defects, Accidents, and Injuries
Millions of people across the country own motorcycles. Indeed, for many people, one of the most enjoyable activities in life is getting on a bike. Bike riders take considerable care to ensure their safety when riding. The problem is motorcycle defects, flaws and shortcomings in the design or manufacture of a bike can result in serious accidents resulting in severe and even fatal injuries. A biker needs to understand the potential dangers associated with design or production defects associated with the building of bikes.
Most Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Design or Manufacturing Defects
Brake failure is one of the most commonplace causes of motorcycle accidents. Whether cruising on the open road or traveling in the city, brake failure can and oftentimes does result in a catastrophic accident as well as severe and even fatal injuries.
When it comes to a motorcycle accident arising from faulty brakes, multiple parties can be at fault. The bike manufacturer is a prime example of a potentially responsible party. With that said, the brake manufacturer and even a mechanic or service center that worked on a bike’s brake may be responsible for a malfunction that results in an accident.
Defective fuel systems are also leading underlying causes of injuries arising from a motorcycle accident. Oftentimes, an issue with a fuel system that causes or aggravates an accident result from a design flaw in the fuel system. A common scenario involves a bike accident that would have been more minor with a properly designed fuel system. As a result of a fuel system design defect, a bike bursts into flame at the time of a collision. The end result is truly catastrophic injuries, including permanent disfigurement and permanent disability.
Every year, motorcycle accidents are the result of basic design flaws. In other words, some motorcycles have a design flaw that is so significant that it creates an inherent danger in the bikes. In such a situation, the parties responsible for the design, the manufacturer, and the retailer that sold the bike may all be considered responsible for the design flaw, the accident, and any injuries sustained by a biker.
Defective tires represent another of the more commonplace underlying causes of motorcycle accidents. A tire failure can cause a rider to lose control of a bike, resulting in what potentially can be a catastrophic crash. Accidents arising from tire-related issues can be the result of a design defect associated with a tire.
Serious accidents can also arise from an inappropriate tire being placed on a particular bike. For example, a tire designed for a smaller bike placed on a larger motorcycle can have dire consequences. Different parties can shoulder responsibility for an accident and injuries arising from this type of situation. These include the tire builder, bike manufacturer, retail sales outlet, or even a service center involved in replacing tires on a motorcycle.
Not related directly to a bike itself, a defective helmet many times is the underlying cause of more serious injuries sustained when some type of motorcycle accident or collision occurs. Time and again, a rider sustains serious head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, because of a defective helmet. Had a helmet been properly designed or manufactured, a rider would not sustain such serious injuries. The end result of an accident would be markedly different.
Protecting Your Legal Rights and Interests after a Motorcycle Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of some type of motorcycle design or manufacturing defect, contact the legal team at The Doan Law Firm at (800) 349-0000. A motorcycle accident injury lawyer from our firm stands ready to discuss the accident and your rights with you.
A nationwide law firm, we’ve offices from coast to coast across the United States. In addition to meeting you at one of our offices, a motorcycle accident injury lawyer from our firm can arrange a virtual case evaluation and initial consultation with you via the internet. There is no charge for an initial consultation with a Doan Law Firm motorcycle accident injury lawyer.
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