Motorcycle Defect Accidents
Many people are aware of the inherent safety risks of driving a motorcycle when compared to other motor vehicles. The risk of a dangerous accident occurring is generally higher and is much more likely to cause the rider severe physical injuries. While the majority of these accidents are caused by either the riders or another drivers error, some are caused for reasons beyond the riders control. For example, motorcycles with defective parts run the risk of dangerously malfunctioning, causing the driver to suffer an unexpected accident. Even a relatively minor defect could force the exposed and precariously positioned rider to suffer severe injuries, which could have a lasting and adverse effect on their health.
Types of Defects
Like any other vehicle, motorcycles are complex machines that may fail to properly function when they are not designed correctly. Even though any vehicle defect is potentially hazardous, the risk for injury is much higher on motorcycles than other vehicles. Several common defects that may force a motorcycle to malfunction are as follows:
- Broken clutch
- Malfunctioning brakes
- Tire blowouts
- Malfunctioning motor
Although the majority of annual single vehicle accidents do not include a large number of those caused by motorcycle defects, they do still occur and almost always result in severe injuries such as lacerations and bone fractures. Such injuries require medical treatment and could affect someones life in a permanent manner. Victims of motorcycle defect accidents should not have to face their expensive medical bills, lost wages, and other losses alone.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by a defect, you may be able to hold the dealership or manufacturer liable by filing a personal injury lawsuit. In the event that you are considering taking legal action, you should contact a motorcycle defect lawyer in order to ensure that your interests are well represented.