Product defect could be to blame in motorcycle accidents
Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Oct 16, 2014 in Motorcycle Accidents
When it comes to causes of motor vehicle accidents, driver error is often to blame. This is true regardless of the type of vehicle involved, including motorcycles. There are however other factors that may contribute to a crash occurring. One of these is a defect in the vehicle.
In situations where a defect is uncovered, it is incumbent upon the manufacturer to let the public know about the issue. This is accomplished by filing a public report in conjunction with a recall. This public report must contain several pieces of information.
The first are the vehicles involved and the actual defect. Next, a description of the remedy offered needs to be provided. In addition, information regarding major events that prompted the recall needs to be disclosed. Last, a schedule for the recall must be provided. All defects should be corrected by the manufacturer free of charge.
Recalls of motorcycles and other vehicles are monitored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Motorcycle defects could result in an motorcyclist being involved in an accident. The motorcyclist or individuals in other vehicles or even pedestrians could be hurt in this type of crash.
When someone is injured as a result of a defective motorcycle the last thing on their minds is probably getting that defect fixed. Instead, the focus is probably on doing what is necessary to heal. The healing process can be long and painful in addition to expensive and can leave an injured person anxious and unsure of what steps to take.
It is possible that filing a personal injury lawsuit against the party responsible for the defective product could be a good option. Financial compensation could be put toward medical bills and other related expenses. To determine whether this is a viable option, it is helpful to consult with a lawyer.
Source: FindLaw, “Motorcycle Defects and Recalls" Accessed Oct.16, 2014