Even if you properly maintain your motorcycle to make riding as safe as possible, defective parts and design flaws can cause serious crashes. If you think you have been injured because of a motorcycle defect, the manufacturer or part supplier can be held liable but because these cases are complex, it’s best to work with an experienced Long Beach lawyer who is familiar with these types of cases. If you are the victim of a crash and think defective parts might be to blame, Jamal Injury Law P.C. can help you understand your legal rights and ensure that the responsible parties are brought to justice.Common Design and Parts Issues
A wide variety of design and parts issues can cause dangerous crashes and severe injuries that result in missed work, long-term disability, and expensive medical bills. As a motorcyclist, one of the best things you can do to protect yourself is to be aware of common motorcycle defects. If you know what to look out for, you’ll have a better sense of whether your crash was caused by a defect and whether you should seek help from a lawyer. Some defects become evident prior to a crash, so if you notice any of the issues below, take your bike to the shop as soon as possible.
Here are some common defects to be aware of:
Brakes — Defects can cause complete brake failure or lead to brakes applying themselves too abruptly, resulting in a sudden and dangerous stop that throws the rider from their bike.
Suspension — A defective suspension can prevent motorcycles from absorbing shocks from bumps or uneven areas on the road. This can lead to loss of control that can cause a collision.
Accelerator — Accelerator defects, where the accelerator suddenly lurches to a stop or causes the bike to pick up speed suddenly, can cause riders to lose control or be thrown from their motorcycle.
Wheels — Wheels that are misaligned can cause the rider to lose balance or control of their bike.
Kickstands — Defective kickstands commonly cause motorcycles to fall on riders after they park. Because motorcycles are so heavy, this can lead to serious injuries.
If you are a Long Beach motorcyclist and think any of these defects may have been responsible for your crash, contact Jamal Injury Law P.C. right away. We can provide you with experienced legal advice and help you navigate the steps to securing maximum compensation for your medical expenses and other losses.Motorcycle Recalls
Sometimes motorcyclists wait too long to get faulty or defective parts repairs because they are worried about the expense. But noticing an issue and taking action quickly can be the difference between life and death. Often, the defective parts and repairs are part of a recall, which means the manufacturer is responsible for covering the costs.
Motorcycle recalls, which are issued by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, are ordered when a design flaw or defective part is determined to compromise riders’ safety. The NHTSA then orders the manufacturer to hold a recall of all motorcycles that possess the faulty component.
After a recall, the responsible company is required to release a statement explaining the defect, the accidents and injuries that have resulted from it, a list of affected models, and where owners can get the necessary repairs. The manufacturer must also communicate to owners where they can go to replace parts or repair their motorcycle.
By making active efforts to be aware of parts recalls, you can protect yourself from a disastrous accident. You can stay updated on recalls online as well as by mail you receive from your manufacturer.What to do if You Suspect a Motorcycle Defect
If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash and are unsure of its cause, it’s important to consider that faulty design or a manufacturer defect may have caused the problem. Even if it appears that all parts are in safe working order, the bike design itself could be unsafe or likely to cause serious injuries that can be life-altering.
In these cases, multiple parties may be considered negligent, or legally responsible for the injuries that occurred. Because of this, it’s crucial to contact a Long Beach motorcycle accident attorney immediately after your accident. A good lawyer will have a clear understanding of the legal complexities in these cases and be able to hold the responsible parties accountable.
The lawyers at Jamal Injury Law P.C. have access to an experienced and extensive network of accident reconstruction specialists, medical experts, and other professionals that work together to determine fault and maximize your compensation. Our lawyers are dedicated to helping Long Beach citizens recover damages to diminish their pain and suffering so they can reclaim their lives.
If you think a parts or design flaw may be responsible for your accident, get in touch with Suliman Jamal today to schedule a no-fee consultation.