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Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Defective Parts


A gloved hand on the handlebar of a motorcycleMost bikers understand that there is a trade off when it comes to riding motorcycles. On the one hand, there are few experiences more thrilling and liberating than riding down the open road on a bike; on the other, motorcyclists are more vulnerable to injury than the occupants of any other type of vehicle in the event of an accident. While motorcycle accidents are more likely to result in serious injury than most other types of motor vehicle accidents, most bikers consider this a more than acceptable risk.

What most bikers probably don’t anticipate, however, is the possibility that they could be injured in an accident caused by defective motorcycle parts. In these cases, riding skill and experience may not be enough to prevent an accident or protect the rider from injury.

At the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley in Sacramento, motorcycle accidents and defective parts are combined into many of the cases we successfully handle. Mr. Buckley has the experience, skill, knowledge, and tenacity to represent injured victims in even the most complex motorcycle accident and product liability cases. He uses all of the resources at his disposal to build and present the strongest cases possible, and he would welcome the opportunity to help you pursue the full measure of compensation to which you are entitled.

What does “product liability” mean?

Product liability refers to the area of personal injury law dealing with injuries caused by products that are flawed in a way that makes them unreasonably and unforeseeably dangerous when used for their intended purposes. Product liability claims can be filed on behalf of injured victims against any or all parties involved in the design, manufacture, or marketing of the defective product, depending on the nature of the flaw.

Product liability cases differ from most other personal injury cases in that they often bring into play the doctrine of strict liability. In such cases, there is no need to demonstrate and provide evidence of a specific act of negligence on the part of the defendant, as the presence of the flaw is evidence enough. Rather, it must be demonstrated that:

  • The defect in question resulted from the design, manufacture, or marketing (e.g., instructional materials, warnings of potential hazards) of the product.
  • The defect did indeed cause the injury sustained by the plaintiff.
  • The product was being used as intended and not in a manner that would render it dangerous.
  • The plaintiff suffered losses and expenses as a result of his or her injuries.

The Most Commonly Defective Motorcycle Parts

Mr. Buckley has extensive experience and a history of success in handling cases involving virtually every type of defective motorcycle part, including:

  • Brakes
  • Shock absorbers
  • Safety equipment, including helmets
  • Coolant systems
  • Tires
  • Gas and accelerator mechanisms
  • Kickstands
  • Wheels

Learn More about Motorcycle Accidents and Defective Parts

If you would like to learn more about motorcycle accidents caused by defective parts, or you wish to arrange an evaluation of your case, please contact the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley today.

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