One of the most common characteristics that motorcycle riders and enthusiasts
share is the interest in modifying and self-repairing their bikes. While
making custom modifications can be a fun and satisfying experience, this
activity exposes riders to several risks associated with using potentially
unsafe motorcycle parts. After-market parts and even some brand-name equipment
have been known to be noncompliant with federal safety and emissions standards,
causing riders to suffer varying injuries in the event of an accident.
Defective Parts Lead to an Increased Risk of Injury
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
motorcycle riders are many times more likely than passenger car occupants
to suffer serious or fatal injuries. Dangerous parts such as poorly welded
bike frames, improperly sized belts, and undersize mirrors can worsen
these chances. Passenger seats fastened to motorcycles with nothing more
than suction cups are among the worst of these hazardous products, as
they can easily become loose with minimal force. These parts can also
change a vehicle’s center of balance, making them easier to tip
over at high speeds.
Product liability lawsuits against the manufacturers of these parts have
become increasingly popular. While the NHTSA can pursue civil penalties
against companies that sell non-compliant companies and mandate recalls,
it has yet to pursue meaningful action against a manufacturer. Resistance
throughout the industry, as well as the NHTSA and EPA’s limited
budgets, have essentially let careless manufacturers continue on without
recourse. Individual riders who are injured, however, still maintain the
right to file a civil suit in search of compensation.
Contact Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C. Today
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury due from a defective motorcycle
part, it is crucial that you retain the services of a trial-tested attorney
that can protect your rights in court and help you fight for the compensation
you deserve. At Mainetti, Mainetti, & O’Connor, our firm’s
Kingston personal injury lawyers can use their 85+ years of collective experience to pursue the largest
settlement possible for your suffering.
To get started towards filing a claim,
contact our office online or call us today at (845) 340-4878.