Beasley Allen has handled a number of cases involving serious injury and death involving motorcycle accidents. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are road hazards, drunk driving, and the inability to be seen by other surrounding vehicles.
These type accidents regularly result in life-altering injuries because drivers do not have any barrier between them and the road. As in most cases, it is important to look at product defects, including defective helmets that do not properly protect drivers, when evaluating a serious injury or death caused by a motorcycle accident.
In 2013, motorcyclists represented 14 percent of the total traffic fatalities, yet accounted for only 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States.
What is involved in a claim for a Motorcycle Accident?
When crashes occur, motorcyclists need adequate head protection to prevent one of the leading causes of death and disability in America — head injuries. Motorcycle helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69 percent and reduce the risk of death by 42 percent.
According to a 2012 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, “laws requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets are the only strategy proved to be effective in reducing motorcyclist fatalities.” In fact, in states without an all-rider helmet law, 59 percent of the motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets, as opposed to only 8 percent in states with all-rider helmet laws in 2013.
When individuals are harmed, injured or killed by an unsafe, or defective, product, they may have a cause of action against the manufacturer, supplier, distributor or retailer of that product. This area of law is known as Product Liability. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents costs more than $700 billion each year.
Many times when we deal with motorcycle accidents resulting in injury or death, there are defective parts to blame. For motorcycles, problems have been known to arise from these areas:
- Rear Brakes Malfunction
- Brake Lights Malfunction
- Leak in Fuel Pump
- Engine Stall
What can I do?
If you feel you have a claim, our attorneys would like to talk to you. You may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation legal consultation.