Common Motorcycle Defects
Motorcycle crashes happen on a regular basis in the United States, and this type of accident has a particularly high risk of causing severe or fatal injuries. Many motorcycle crashes are caused by dangerous drivers who are distracted, drunk or otherwise engaging in negligent or unlawful behavior on the roads. However, some motorcycle crashes happen because of another reason entirely: defective parts of the motorcycle.
The following are some parts that malfunction and commonly cause motorcyclists to crash:
- Brakes - It is essential for a motorcyclist to be able to slow down and stop to avoid other vehicles or obstacles, and malfunctioning brakes can cause a motorcyclist to collide with something or lay down his or her bike.
- Wheels or tires - Defective wheels can cause wobbling on a motorcycle or can cause a rider to lose balance. Tires that are defective can lose traction on the road to cause a skid, or a blowout can cause a rider to lose control.
- Fuel system - Defects in the fuel tank or line can cause a severe fire hazard and could result in the rider being severely burned.
- Steering mechanism/handlebars - If a rider cannot properly steer a bike, he or she may end up skidding, sliding, swerving, or otherwise crashing into something.
When a defective part causes a motorcycle crash, the company that designed, assembled, and/or sold the part in question can be held liable for your medical costs and other injury-related losses.
Cases involving defective motorcycles can be complicated, and it is important to seek help from a law firm with the resources to take on large companies such as motorcycle manufacturers. These companies have legal teams that seek to avoid liability whenever they can, so having the right attorney on your side is imperative to successful financial recovery. There are also time limits for taking legal action under Arizona law, so you should never hesitate to discuss your legal options with a lawyer today.
Call Abels & Annes to Speak with Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Today
The law firm of Abels & Annes represents motorcyclists in the Phoenix area who have been involved in crashes caused by a variety of factors. If you have suffered a serious injury in an accident, call a motorcycle accident lawyer for a free consultation at 602-819-5191 today.