What to Do When an Accident Is Caused By a Defective Bike Part
Handling Motorcycle Accidents Caused By Defective Bike Parts
Defective bike parts and poor bike design may be the reason that you were involved in a motorcycle accident since even one defective part can cause you to lose control of the motorcycle. In 2015, more than 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in accidents, a small percentage of which were caused by defective parts. Our law firm is experienced in representing motorcycle accident cases that involve defective parts, which means that we can help you obtain the compensation you’re owed.
Common Defects That Cause Motorcycle Accidents
Whether the mechanic who you recently took your bike to provided poor repair work or the manufacturer placed a defective part on the motorcycle, there are many defects that can cause motorcycle accidents. These accidents can result in everything from bike damage to injuries, which is why it’s important that you know how to receive compensation. Brake defects are very common causes of motorcycle accidents, which could result from poor installation or a maintenance-related issue that caused the brakes to stop functioning properly.
When brakes aren’t working like they should be, you may find it difficult to stop or slow down, which can put you at risk of being involved in an accident. When brake failure occurs, the manufacturer of the motorcycle or the parts within could be held responsible. Tire defects are also common with motorcycles, which typically cause the tread to become separated from the tire. When this happens, a tire blowout could result in a crash. Some of the other types of defects that might have caused your motorcycle accident include:
- Defects in the fuel system
- A defective design that makes the bike difficult to control
- Additional manufacturing defects like defective handlebars
How Liability Is Determined for a Defective Bike Part
One of the more important aspects of seeking compensation for the motorcycle accident you were involved in is proving liability. The company or person who is liable for the accident depends on which part was defective. However, numerous parties can be held responsible for the motorcycle accident if they were involved in the creation and distribution of the motorcycle and the parts within.
These parties can include the motorcycle company, the parts manufacturer, and the company or mechanic responsible for maintenance. Determining which part was defective is the key towards identifying who may be responsible for your accident. If you were injured, it’s even more important that you’re able to properly identify what caused the accident so that you can prove who was at fault for it.
Difference Between Negligence and Strict Liability
While most motorcycle accident cases that involve injuries must prove negligence, it’s also possible to obtain compensation by proving what’s known as strict liability. Since it’s almost impossible to prove that a company was negligent when manufacturing or maintaining a motorcycle, the focus will be on displaying that the company is liable even if it can’t be proven that negligence or a careless action caused the accident. This type of liability applies when:
- There are no changes to the motorcycle that alter how it operates
- The rider used the bike properly before the accident occurred
- The motorcycle didn’t operate properly and in a safe manner
How Our New Jersey Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help
Our accident attorneys have handled many cases in the past that involve bike defects with motorcycle accidents. While it might seem like it would be difficult to prove liability if you were the only person involved in the accident, we will perform an extensive investigation into the accident as well as the condition of the bike when the accident took place, which will hopefully strengthen your case.
If you feel like your motorcycle accident was caused by a defective part, call our New Jersey motorcycle accident attorney today at 1-(800) 529-4464 so that we can provide you with the legal representation you need to get the compensation you deserve.