Georgia Motorcycle Defect Attorneys
Defective Motorcycles and Parts
Since a defect in any of a motorcycle's components can lead to devastating consequences for riders, there are certain regulatory agencies in the United States, such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which serve to enforce design and manufacturing safety standards. All instances of defective models should be reported to the NHTSA and subsequently recalled to avoid harm to consumers. Unfortunately, some defects go unreported until it is too late, and someone gets hurt or even killed. With help from an experienced attorney, victims and their loved ones who have suffered losses due to a defective motorcycle can bring a lawsuit against the liable party and recover all related damages.
At Grant Law Office, our excellent Atlanta auto product liability attorneys are highly confident in their legal skills and knowledge, enough to go against even the biggest companies. In each and every case, we devise customized legal strategies that meet the clients' needs and counteract disputing claims from opponents. Our successful track record is testament to our exceptional ability inside and outside the courtroom. If you are seeking legal guidance for your claim case, look no further and call us today at (404) 995-3955 or (866) 249-5513 for a free case review.
The Dangers of Common Motorcycle Defects
A provision in the United States Code for Motor Vehicle Safety defines a defect as a problem "in performance, construction, a component, or material of a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment."
All motorcyclists should check websites like ConsumerReports.org on a periodic basis to ensure that their models have not been affected. Recalls happen more than one would like to think. In the first half of 2012 alone, there were approximately 50 motorcycle recalls involving nine different makers. Many of these recalls involved the following types of motorcycle defects:
- Brake Failure - Brakes are essential components which lend riders stopping power in emergency situations. Dysfunctional braking systems can lead to bad accidents, like rear-end collisions.
- Defective Tires - Tires with bad treads or other issues can cause blowouts, skidding, hydroplaning, swerving, and a general loss of control, resulting in extremely dangerous situations.
- Engine Failure - A stalled or blown engine can immediately jar a motorcyclist out of stability, increasing the risk of a crash.
Riders who have suffered the consequences of a defective motorcycle may file a product liability claim against the responsible manufacturer, distributor, and/or supplier. If a significant amount of consumers were affected, a class action lawsuit may be a viable option.
NHTSA Defect Investigative Process
When a safety-related defect is reported, the NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation conducts the investigative process in four parts:
- Screening - A preliminary review of complaints to determine whether they are valid enough to call for an investigation
- Petition analysis - A review of petitions that call for an investigation into the allegedly defective product and/or reviews of safety-related recalls
- Investigation - Thorough evaluation and engineering analysis of alleged defects
- Recall management - Monitoring of recalls to ensure an appropriate scope and sufficient remedial measures are taken
When a recall is finalized and goes unchallenged, the manufacturer of the defective product must notify all registered owners and purchasers of the recall. They must also provide affected consumers with one of three options: repair, replace, or refund.
Providing Legal Representation to Georgia Motorcyclists
Even if the motorcycle product that caused your injuries has been recalled, the manufacturer may still refuse to provide full and fair compensation without a fight. Get in touch with the legal team at Grant Law Office today. We will help you establish your right to a settlement that will include coverage for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. To get started on the path to recovery, contact us at (866) 249-5513 today.