While the majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by the actions of negligent drivers, this is not always why they occur. In some crashes, a defective motorcycle part may have malfunctioned and caused the rider to lose control of their bike.
If you suspect that a part in your motorcycle was the cause of or a contributory factor in why you were hurt in a motorcycle wreck, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. However, you may need to file a different type of claim to recover the damages you deserve under Virginia law.
Top Defects in Parts That Cause Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle manufacturers have a duty not to sell motorcycles that have design or manufacturing defects. Unfortunately, they sometimes breach their duty and allow dealers to sell motorcycles with dangerous parts because of their desire to make profits. Common defective parts include:
- Brakes. If the brakes are faulty, it can be impossible for a motorcycle rider to slow down or stop to avoid suffering life-altering injuries in an accident.
- Tires. Defective tires can result in the tread separating from the tire or a tire blowout. This can cause a biker to lose control of their motorcycle, with catastrophic consequences for the rider.
- Frame. Defective parts in the frame can result in cracks in the frame and structural failures that can lead to accidents.
- Fuel tank. Gas can leak from the fuel tank if there is a design or manufacturing flaw. This can cause a motorcycle fire resulting in the biker suffering serious burns, disfigurement, or death.
- Handlebars. Handlebars that are weak or defective can malfunction and prevent a motorcyclist from being able to steer their bike.
Who Is Responsible for Compensating You If a Defective Part Caused Your Motorcycle Accident?
If a defective part was the cause of your motorcycle collision, you would need to file a product liability claim against the parts and motorcycle manufacturer. In some cases, other parties, such as a repair facility or motorcycle seller, could also face responsibility for compensating you for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Proving that a defect in the design or manufacture of a motorcycle part caused your collision can be complicated. You need the help of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer if you want to recover the damages you are entitled to under Virginia law.
If your accident occurred in Virginia Beach or Norfolk, our knowledgeable lawyers are here to help you hold the parts and motorcycle manufacture and other liable parties accountable. To learn more about your options, call our office to schedule your free consultation today.