Motorcycle Accidents and Equipment Failure

May 24, 2018 — by Mark T. Flickinger, JD
Tags: Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle on the ground after an accidentNo matter how careful and attentive you are while riding, some motorcycle accidents are unavoidable. When motorcycle accidents are caused by equipment failure, riders typically have no idea a problem was present. If the equipment on your motorcycle does not work, it drastically increases the likelihood of an accident.

Whether due to brake failure, tire failure, faulty wiring, or another malfunction, these accidents can lead to serious injuries and sometimes death. At Flickinger, Sutterfield, & Boulton in Provo, UT, we fight on behalf of victims in these accidents. If you suffered an injury, our attorneys can protect your rights and help you recover damages.

Cases Involving Motorcycle Accidents and Equipment Failure

If any part of your bike failed and you were in an accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your injury. Equipment failures can be grounds for a product liability case. The bike manufacturer or the manufacturer of the failing piece of equipment can be held liable for damages.

At Flickinger, Sutterfield & Boulton, we have the experience and resources necessary to identify and hold the responsible party accountable.

Common Types of Equipment Failure Leading to Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to die in an accident than motor vehicle drivers. Those who survive can be saddled with serious injuries such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), road rash, spinal cord injuries, burns, cuts, fractures, internal injuries, loss of limb, and paralysis, among others.

These injuries can happen due to:

  • Tire failure
  • Rear tire defects
  • Defective helmets
  • Brake failure
  • Engine problems
  • Faulty wiring
  • Defective pedals
  • Stuck throttles
  • Clutch failure
  • Turn signal problems
  • Locked steering wheel
  • Chain failure
  • Handlebar defects

Potential Liable Parties

Often, the manufacturer of the bike or its defective parts is the responsible party in these accidents. If the equipment was manufactured using cheap or low-quality parts, and the decision to manufacture in that way led to your injury, the manufacturer can be held liable in a lawsuit.

The company that designed the equipment can also be held liable if the equipment was poorly thought out and had a high risk of failure.

Even the shop or technician where you bring your bike for maintenance can be held legally responsible if they did a poor job maintaining it.

Why You Need a Proven Motorcycle Accident Lawyer on Your Side

Determining who is responsible for the accident is not always easy, which is why you need someone who really knows how to collect and evaluate all the facts. Further, you deserve peace of mind in knowing you will receive as much compensation as possible for your injury.

The team of attorneys at Flickinger, Sutterfield & Boulton can get the job done right. We can secure the best possible outcome and help you get things back to normal.

Contact Flickinger, Sutterfield & Boulton

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident on account of defective equipment, turn to Provo’s finest legal minds, Flickinger, Sutterfield & Boulton. We can help you collect maximum compensation for your injury. Call or contact us today at (801) 753-1616 to schedule a consultation.