Motorcycle accidents are often very serious accidents because the rider usually doesn’t have safety gear that will absorb all of the impact of the accident. Many motorcycle accidents are caused by other motorists; however, there are some instances in which the issue is with a component of motorcycle. These motorcycle defects and motorcycle recalls are very serious matters that can come into the picture if the motorcyclist is injured because of an issue.
When a component of a motorcycle is recalled, the manufacturer must let the owners of the affected motorcycles know. This is usually done by gathering information from sales centers and state registrations and sending out notices. From there, it is up to the owners of the affected motorcycles to follow the recall instructions and get the affected components fixed or replaced.
The issues that are subject to a recall must be fixed without the consumer incurring a cost. This is something that some people might not realize, so cost shouldn’t affect you having a recall fixed. Failing to have a recall fixed could harm you and others who are on the roadways with you.
If a motorcycle crash is caused by a recall, the people who are harmed in the accident might opt to seek compensation for the injuries that they suffer. When motorcycle accidents are caused by a recall or defect, the manufacturer would likely be one party named in the lawsuit. Other defendants might be possible depending on the circumstances, so it is crucial in all motorcycle accident cases to ensure that you have explored all possible defendants.
Source: FindLaw, “Motorcycle Defects and Recalls,” accessed Nov. 10, 2016