If you own a Scott or Trek bicycle, you may want to research if it is one of the many bikes recently recalled for crash hazards. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the SR Suntour forks on model year 2011 through 2013 Scott and Trek bicycles can break unexpectedly. About 5,200 forks on Scott bicycles and 120,000 forks on Trek bicycles are included in the recall. Officials say Scott received one report of a broken SR Suntour fork and Trek received 28 reports. At this time, five injuries have been reported related to the defect including bone fractures, a separated shoulder and multiple bruises.
Anyone who owns one of the thousands of recalled bikes should stop using them right away. Consumers would be well advised to take these defective bicycles to an authorized Scott or Trek dealer for a free repair or replacement. Some of the Scott bicycles included in the recall include the Sportster 10, 25, 30, 55, X30, X40 and X50. The Trek bicycles recalled include, but are not limited to, the 8.3, 8.4, 8.5 and 8.6 DS models as well as the Cali, Marlin, Montare, Neko SL, Utopia and Wahoo.
If, however, you were injured while riding one of these bicycles, should file a report with Trek or Scott and preserve the bike for a complete inspection. Seek out medical attention right away, document your injuries, take photos of the crash site, photograph the defective bicycle and keep records of your losses. You may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer of the defective bike to receive support for your injuries.
A product liability claim is not always necessary to hold negligent product manufacturers accountable, but it is often the best way to receive fair compensation after an injury accident. During the claim process, you will have to show that you were injured, that the product was defective and that the defect contributed to your injuries.
A successful claim will result in support for losses such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, repairs to your bike and other related damages. Make sure you research your legal options before accepting a settlement. An experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer will be able to help you better understand your legal rights and options.