A motorcyclist’s life depends on the safety on the motorcycle in order to avoid injury or death while riding. Every motorcycle accident lawyer is familiar with the tragic consequences of defective parts that cause equipment failure. Under certain circumstances, the manufacturer of that part can be held responsible for the injuries and other damages of a rider resulting from an accident. If you were injured in this way, or lost a loved one in a fatal accident caused by a defective part, call our office immediately. After a review of your case by a motorcycle accident lawyer at our firm, we can determine if we might be able to help you get the compensation you deserve for your losses.
Motorcycle Parts Manufacturers
Manufacturers have a legal and moral obligation to design, build, and distribute products that are reasonably safe when used by consumers. Though their product may be dangerous if used incorrectly or not in a way as dictated by the manufacturer, if used in the way intended and not worn from use, it should not be harmful. For example, a tire is expected to stay intact and not explode from normal usage within a certain number of miles if used as per the manufacturer’s instructions such as on pavement rather than on a rocky surface. That same tire, if used after a certain number of miles is expected to wear out and it’s the consumer’s responsibility to replace it before it becomes too worn. A motorcycle accident lawyer can determine if the tire on your motorcycle was defective and led to your accident.
Retailers have a similar responsibility to manufacturers in that they are obliged to protect the consumer. If a federal agency or the manufacturer itself deems that a particular make and model of motorcycle is dangerous or hazardous to the user, the retailer is expected to take that item off the shelf or out of the lot. For instance, if a manufacturer recalls a part used on a motorcycle, or the motorcycle itself, the retailer has an obligation to not sell that motorcycle or part until the part is replaced, repaired, or modified as per the manufacturer’s instructions. If the retailer disregards the manufacturer’s instructions and sells the defective item and the consumer is injured or killed as a result, a motorcycle accident lawyer can file a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the retailer.
Personal Injury Claim
If you were injured while riding your motorcycle due to a defective part, we may be able to recover compensation on your behalf from the manufacturer. Additional parties can be held responsible as well, if applicable. In addition to your medical bills, we may be able to recover compensation for your pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages you have suffered as a result of the accident. In the event that you need legal advice, do not hesitate to contact an attorney, like Personal Injury Lawyers Phoenix relies on, to assist you with your case.