A Sevierville Law Firm Helps Victims Seek Compensation When a Motorcycle Defect Causes Injuries
Proudly representing motorcyclists in Pigeon Forge, Seymour, and Gatlinburg
More than eight million people ride motorcycles on the roadways of America. These riders are at significant risk, due to the negligent actions of other drivers and the lack of protection the motorcycle affords. However, sometimes, the motorcycle itself causes these accidents and injuries. Defective parts or designs commonly cause mechanical problems and result in significant injuries to victims. When a defective bike part results in an injury, secure an experienced Sevierville motorcycle injury attorney at Delius & McKenzie, PLLC to represent you, as so many families in Pigeon Forge, Seymour, and Gatlinburg have done for the last 20 years.
Understanding product liability and motorcycle defects
On average, more than 4,000 people die in motorcycle crashes each year. Add that to the more than 92,000 riders who are injured in these incidents and it is easy to see that motorcycle accidents are a serious issue for roadway safety.
When a motorcycle injury is caused by a defect in the motorcycle, the injured party may have a product liability case against one or more entities. Product liability is an area of law that places responsibility on makers and manufacturers for product defects and their resulting injuries. Depending on the type of defect, any part of the distribution chain may be liable in a product liability claim, from the designer and manufacturer to the supplier or retailer. With the assistance of an experienced Sevierville product liability attorney, you can correctly identify the root problem and file a claim for compensation against the responsible party.
In what ways can a motorcycle be defective?
There is a variety of ways in which any product or vehicle, including a motorcycle, can be defective:
- Defective design. If the bike accident resulted from the failure of a particular part, we will likely review the design and manufacturing of the part to identify any specific problems. A design defect may place liability on the company that designed the part. Under this theory, the manufacturing or selling of the part is not in question. Instead, the claim centers on the fact that the actual product design was inherently dangerous and created an unreasonable risk for the motorcycle rider.
- Manufacturing defect. This type of claim centers on the production of the part. It presumes that the design of the product was correct, but the manufacturer made an error during the production process. The defect could result from a broken machine or human error. Your attorney will work to prove that the actions of the manufacturer caused a defect in the part, which ultimately led to the motorcycle’s malfunction and the rider’s injuries.
- Supplier or seller defect. If the design and manufacturing of the part were implemented correctly, the defect could result from the shipping or retailer stages. During transport, the shipping company may fail to properly pack the item securely, leaving it to move around the vehicle. The bumping and striking against other objects may cause the part defect. At the sales stage, the retailer may advertise the product incorrectly and give improper instructions about its proper use. If a customer relies on this information and installs the part incorrectly, the retailer may prove liable for any resulting injuries.
A product liability case is often challenging to pursue in a court of law without an experienced Sevierville product liability lawyer who understands what evidence is needed for success. These cases often require expert witnesses on industry standards and the presentation of highly technical data to the court. This is why it is vitally important that you secure the services of an attorney who can guide you through every step of the process.
Knowledgeable representation for your Tennessee defective motorcycle part case
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident caused by a defective part, turn to Delius & McKenzie, PLLC attorneys. Our lawyers have spent more than 20 years litigating in the courts of Sevierville, Seymour, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge. During that time, we successfully represented our clients in a variety of complex matters. Let us put our experience to work in your motorcycle defect case. Call us today at 865-428-8780 or fill out our contact form to make a no-obligation appointment.