Motorcycle crashes in Florida have experienced in a sharp increase in fatal injuries since the early 2000s. In fact, the number of motorcycle crashes and injuries nearly doubled between 2000 and 2008. Thankfully, with commitment to motorcycle safety and education, a signification reduction in fatal injuries was achieved in 2009 and 2010. However, motorcycle fatalities have been slowly increasing since 2011. And while Florida is a popular tourist destination as well as host to a number of motorcycle enthusiast events, in 2013, 91 percent of motorcyclists fatally injured in Florida were Florida residents .
With these statistics in mind, it’s essential for motorcycle fanatics to know the common causes of accidents. Most motorcycle accidents occur due to dangerous speed, other driver negligence, hazardous or poorly maintained roads and driving under the influence. Another cause of motorcycle accidents that may not be as common but is just as important to be educated about is motorcycle defects. A defective motorcycle part can cause a rider to lose control and crash. It is very common for investigators and insurance adjusters to assume that the crash resulted from one of the aforementioned common causes, however, there are many motorcycle accidents that occur in Florida that are a result of a defective motorcycle part or a malfunction caused by a faulty part.
What Parts May Malfunction?
There are a variety of motorcycle defects that can result in serious accidents. Some of the most common defective parts that may cause an accident include:
- Brakes: Sudden loss of braking efficiency and increase in stopping distance
- Fuel tanks: Drying raw materials can cause fuel leaks, increasing risk of fire
- Tires: Blowouts, skidding, crossing lanes, hydroplaning, spinning, swerving etc.
- Handlebars: Improper heat treatment can cause handlebars to crack & move
- Engines: Fuses can blow that stale the engine and increase the risk of crash
**Other possible defective parts worth mentioning are accelerators, steering mechanisms, shocks, wheels and frames.
In a lot of cases, the listed possible faulty parts, along with other types of vehicle defects leave victims with severe and sometimes fatal injuries. Additionally, out of all the counties accounted for motorcycle fatalities, Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk and Pinellas make up 4 out of the 12 top spots. This should warn motorcyclists about the possibility of fatal crashes involving not only the common causes of accidents, but also the possibly of a bike malfunction .
- In 2010, a manufacturer faced a class action lawsuit after reports from consumers claimed that defective piston rings made some motorcycles predisposed to on-the-road failure during use, increasing the risk of a crash.
- In 2011, a manufacturer faced a class action lawsuit because some of their bikes had defective designs that caused their engines to overheat and catch fire, burning riders and their passengers .
A Numbers Game
As of January 2015, there were 593,321 registered motorcycles in Florida; making up 3.1% of Florida’s motoring public. With only an average of 50% of motorcyclists wearing helmets due to Florida’s lax helmet laws, a malfunctioning part causing a severe accident is highly feasible when it could have been prevented by wearing proper equipment and gear . Even so, victims involved in accidents due to faulty parts need to take the right steps in making sure that their rights are protected properly. An experienced defective product and motorcycle injury attorney will be able to evaluate such a claim with the intent of securing the best resolution for the victim.
Buying motorcycles comes at its own risks of defects, just as buying any other type of man-made transportation development. However, after many years of producing and manufacturing parts, motorcyclists have an assumption of safety when these tested and evaluated parts are then sold to them. So what should a victim do in case of a faulty promise of a product?
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It’s absolutely essential for motorcycle accident victims to document information regarding the accident, seek medical attention and note what injuries have affected your quality of life, take photographs and contact an experienced attorney who will seek the best avenue to retrieve recovery from liable defendants. Failing to investigate whether defects with a motorcycle or motorcycle equipment caused or contributed to an accident can result in the forfeiture of significant financial compensation. Companies have the responsibility of producing liable products for consumers to use. Once this obligation fails, they need to be held accountable for an accident that didn’t need to happen.
In terms of motorcycles, these obligatory failures lead to severe and fatal injuries more times than not. For this reason, anyone involved in a motorcycle crash should have the circumstances of their case reviewed by an attorney who is familiar with the laws and penalties that are associated with such incidents. At Dolman Law Group, we have extensive experience representing motorcycle accident victims. When your retain one of our skilled lawyers, you can be rest assured that your case will be thoroughly investigated and that we will uncover any evidence of product defects that may exist.
Please call our office today to set up a free consultation and evaluation of your claim. In doing so, we can not only help you seek well-deserved compensation for your losses, but we can also hold these companies responsible for selling and manufacturing a defective product that can influence thousands of lives in the state of Florida. Our number is (727) 853-6275. We are here for you and will not recover any fees unless you do.
Dolman Law Group
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New Port Richey, FL 34652