Motorcyclists: Regularly Review Recalls for Safety
Motorcyclists appreciate their bikes for everything from pure enjoyment to economical travel. Still, even well-maintained bikes pose more risks of injuries just because of their overall design. Just as important, our Charlotte motorcycle accident lawyers have noticed that motorcycles are subject to a significant recall rate. That said, riders are encouraged to take proactive steps to ensure the highest degree of safety possible on the road.
Even New Bikes can be Subject to Serious Flaws
Many riders purchase only new bikes in an attempt to avoid mechanical and other issues that can make their motorcycles unsafe. While this practice certainly increases the chances of having a trouble-free bike, it is definitely no guarantee. During the manufacturing process — or anywhere during the course of getting motorcycles from the manufacturers into the customers’ hands, issues can arise, including the following:
- Loose fasteners that can affect a bike’s ability to run properly
- Flawed brake systems or other parts that can eliminate the ability to stop
- Defective tires
- New system designs that fail to operate as expected
Helmets and other products associated with safe riding can also be subject to defects that fail to protect riders as expected during an accident. Even with a vibrant recall system within the U.S., motorcyclists cannot always expect to receive notices quickly enough to avoid an accident. All riders should do some periodic research to help ensure that they can get to the dealership or repair shop before they need to go to the emergency room.
Riders Have Options for Automating Their Research
Certain government agencies, such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), provide timely safety warnings and recall notices on a daily basis. Still, these sites can be cumbersome to use. A list of recalls on the CPSC website, for example, displays every motorcycle-related product, including off-road bikes, ATVs and even motorcycle toys.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers a much less clumsy approach. To avoid scrolling through pages of unrelated information, site visitors can search for their bikes directly by entering their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). They can also sign up for a recall notification e-mail system that can be customized for up to five vehicles, as well as for updates pertaining to helmets, tires and other related items.
When flaws play a role in motorcycle accidents, they can provide additional options for pursuing compensation from product manufacturers and other liable parties. However, they also add one or more layers of complexity to claims. Experienced legal support is virtually essential in ensuring that victims avail themselves of all options when filing claims or lawsuits. To learn how we can help, call us at 800-948-0577 or use our convenient online contact form.