Injuries from Dangerous and Defective Motorcycles
One area of injury and wrongful death cases involving motorcycles is the product liability case where something on the motorcycle or the helmet fails to operate like it is expected to. There has been lots of news lately about recalls and defects in cars but the same sorts of problems also happen with motorcycles and the components of bikes. For example there have been cases in the past where something was not manufactured correctly as far as the braking systems on some makes of motorcycle. When the brakes don’t work on your motorcycle you’ve got a real problem.
Like all cases against the makers and sellers of automotive products the cases are often very hard fought, complex and expensive. The people who make bikes and bike components or parts really do not want to admit that they made a defective piece of equipment. They will go to great lengths to try to blame any accidents and injuries on the user of the product saying that somehow they messed up by speeding or other forms of error on the part of the rider.
It is up to the claimant whose loved-one was killed by a defective motorcycle or who suffered severe and permanent injuries like being a paraplegic or quadriplegic after a motorcycle wreck to prove that the motorcycle was not fit for ordinary use at that time that it was sold. This requires proof through engineers and other experts to show exactly what was wrong with the motorcycle or the component parts. There are basically two kinds of defects in automotive products liability, namely, design defects and manufacturing defects. The manufacturing defect is where they put the motorcycle together wrong in a way that created a danger and a risk of severe injury. The design defect is that they put it together exactly like they intended to but the way that it was designed created an unreasonable risk of failure.
If your motorcycle wreck may have been caused by some problem with the motorcycle’s fuel system, brakes, or other safety components and there is a reason to believe that it has been that way since the time it left the dealer then you may have a motorcycle products liability case. Call our Virginia motorcycle injury lawyers for a free consultation at 757.455.0077.