Motorcycle Defects and Product Liability Claims
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Motorcycle Accident Claims Based on Defects
People purchase motorcycles for various reasons, such as transportation or recreational purposes. However, all motorcyclists expect their bikes to be safe and as described by the seller or manufacturer. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Design defects can lead to malfunctions that lead to accidents and serious injury to riders and passengers. In the worst scenarios, these malfunctions can even lead to fatalities. When a motorcyclist is injured due to a design or manufacturing defect in their vehicle, they have the right to file a product liability claim and recover compensation.
However, product liability cases can be complex. You need a knowledgeable and experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to help you through the process and advocate for your rights.
Attorneys at Dressie Law Firm have the skills and experience needed to pursue justice and recover the maximum compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
Understanding Motorcycle Defects
Motorcycle defects are a common cause of motorcycle accidents. They refer to faults or flaws in the design, manufacturing, or components of a motorcycle that pose safety risks or compromise its functionality.
A design defect increases the risk of malfunction, leading to motorcycle crashes. An example is the improper installation or positioning of tailpipes, which can lead to burns for riders or passengers.
A manufacturing defect occurs when the manufacturer uses low-quality materials or improperly constructs the motorcycle. Such defects can result in unexpected malfunctions that may lead to accidents. For example, using substandard brake pads can reduce braking power, making it harder for the rider to control the motorcycle. Another example is fuel system defects, which can lead to leakage and fire hazards.
Common Types of Motorcycle Defects
Engine defects: A sudden motorcycle breakdown because of engine failure can be hazardous on the road. An engine failure can cause the bike to stop unexpectedly and lead to an accident.
Brake malfunctions: Defects in the manufacturing of brake components, such as brake pads, calipers, or brake lines, can lead to brake failure or reduced braking efficiency
Tire defects: Defective tires and wheels can make a motorcycle unstable. They may lead to swerving or skidding accidents.
Electrical system defects: Manufacturing defects in the electrical system, including issues with wiring, connectors, or the battery, may lead to electrical failures, affecting lights, signals, or the ignition.
Motorcycle Product Liability Claims
Product liability claims based on motorcycle defects involve legal action against the manufacturer, distributor, or seller of a motorcycle due to flaws in its design, manufacturing, or warnings.
1. Design defects
Design defects are flaws in the original design of a product that makes it unreasonably dangerous for its intended use. A product liability claim based on a design defect aims to hold the manufacturer accountable for any damages caused by the defect.
2. Manufacturing defects
A manufacturing defect is a flaw that occurs during the production process, causing a specific unit or batch of motorcycles to deviate from the intended design.
3. Failure to warn
A marketing defect occurs when the motorcycle manufacturer fails to furnish adequate warnings or instructions about the proper use of a product and any potential risks associated with its use. Manufacturers, distributors, and sellers can be liable for warning failures.
Product Defects and Strict Liability
In strict liability, defendants in product liability bear responsibility if it harms a plaintiff. The statutes are clear-cut. If you can demonstrate injury is caused by the product, the defendant’s intent or negligence is irrelevant.
Strict liability simplifies the legal process in defective product cases. Unlike negligence, where proving someone’s fault is crucial, strict liability focuses on the product’s condition or the activity involved rather than the defendant’s conduct. The injured party only needs to show that the product was defective or the activity was inherently dangerous.
The Legal Process of Motorcycle Defect Claims
1. Consult an attorney
Following a motorcycle crash, it’s crucial to seek legal counsel to get the necessary guidance and representation. An experienced attorney will handle all legal issues on your behalf and work to get you the best possible outcome.
2. Investigation and evidence gathering
Your attorney will investigate your accident to determine the causes and establish liability. They will also gather all necessary evidence for your claim, including physical evidence and expert testimony.
3. Filing the claim
Your attorney will file your claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company and negotiate a fair settlement.
4. Going to court
If negotiations fail, you can take your case to court by filing a lawsuit. Your lawyer will help you in the filing process and all steps that will follow.
Compensation and Recovery
You may be entitled to compensation if you’ve suffered injuries or damages due to a defective motorcycle.
Types of Damages Awarded
Economic damages, including medical expenses, property damages, and wages lost
Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering and emotional distress
Punitive damages in cases of outrageous misconduct
Calculating Your Compensation
Several factors may influence the amount of compensation awarded in a legal case. These factors may include:
The extent of the injuries
Loss of income
Pain and suffering
Court-awarded compensation amounts are usually higher than out-of-court settlements but are often more arduous to achieve.
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With a proven track record, our team of 24 personal injury professionals has consistently obtained maximum compensation for our clients. We have attorneys well-versed in personal injury and motorcycle laws. We can help you.
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