When a motorcycle rider gets into an accident, many people will jump to the conclusion that the rider did something wrong. That isn’t necessarily the case. Some motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers; however, other motorcycle accidents are caused by defects in the motorcycle. When an accident is caused by a defect in the motorcycle, the motorcyclist would seek compensation from the manufacturer of the motorcycle instead of from another driver.
In many cases, a defect in a motorcycle would become the subject of a recall if the manufacturer is aware of the issue and if it is a widespread problem. All motor vehicles, including motorcycles, must ensure they are in compliance with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. When a recall is necessary, it will be initiated by either the manufacturer or the NHTSA.
When a recall is issued, there are several points that must be disclosed. There must be a recall schedule, a description of the safety-related defect, a list of what equipment is included in the recall, a description of how the recall will be corrected and what major events occurred that led to the recall. The recall issue must be corrected without the motorcycle owner incurring any cost.
If you are injured in an accident that was caused by a recall, you might choose to explore your options for seeking compensation. It is very important that you understand your rights and how applicable laws might affect your case. Because the time to take action is limited by the statute of limitations, you must take fast action to make your claim.
Source: FindLaw, “Motorcycle Defects and Recalls,” accessed Feb. 12, 2016