Motorcycle Accidents Caused By Equipment FailureUtah Legal News
No matter how careful you are out on the roadways, sometimes accidents happen that are unavoidable. This is especially true in cases where equipment failure causes a motorcyclist to have an accident. When motorcycles have faulty equipment, motorcyclists are often unaware of the issue. If equipment contained on a motorcycle does not function properly, the chances of a motorcycle accident are drastically increased.
Motorcycle accidents caused by defective parts, such as faulty wiring, brake or tire failure, or another malfunction, can lead to serious and life-threatening injuries. Unfortunately, some individuals sustain fatal injuries in motorcycle accidents caused by defective parts.
Attorneys at Siegfried & Jensen fight on behalf of victims who are injured in motorcycle accidents caused by equipment failures in Utah. If you suffered an injury in an accident due to equipment failure, we can protect your legal rights and help you obtain compensation and justice for your injuries and damages.
Motorcycle Accident Cases Caused By Equipment Failure
In comparison to other motor vehicles on the roadways, motorcyclists are close to 30 times more likely to die in accidents. Unfortunately, victims who survive often suffer serious and life-changing injuries, like spinal cord injuries, severe burns, and cuts, fractures or loss of limbs, serious internal injuries, paralysis, or traumatic brain injuries.
Motorcyclists use very complex machines. When assembled appropriately, with accurately functioning parts, these machines are extremely reliable for providing a smooth ride to occupants. Unfortunately, there are instances where parts on the motorcycles fail. When this happens, and riders are injured, they may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.
Unlike typical vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents caused by faulty or defective parts fall under product liability laws. In these cases, the manufacturer of the bike or the failing parts of the motorcycle can be held liable for all damages resulting from the accident.
Attorneys at Siegfried & Jensen have extensive experience and resources necessary to identify the responsible parties and hold them accountable.
Common Equipment Failures Which Cause Motorcycle Accidents
When it comes to motorcycle accidents caused by equipment failures, there are some types of defects that occur more commonly. These defective parts generally cause accidents due to:
- Tire failures;
- Defective rear tires;
- Brake failures;
- Defective helmets;
- Stuck or jammed throttles;
- Failed clutches;
- Chain failures;
- Defective engines;
- Faulty wiring;
- Defective pedals;
- Problems with turn signals;
- Locking steering wheels; and
- Defective handlebars.
What Parties Can Be Held Liable For Equipment Failures Which Cause Motorcycle Accidents
When motorcycle accidents occur as the result of a defective part, the fault generally falls on the manufacturer of the bike or the part manufacturer. In some cases, products are manufactured using cheaper or lower quality materials. Manufacturers generally engage in this type of production as a cost-saving alternative to spending more on quality parts. This is a cautious decision made by a manufacturer, which makes them likely to be held liable for accidents caused by their cost-saving measures.
In some instances, the company that designed the equipment can also be held liable. These cases typically involve accidents resulting from parts or equipment that was poorly thought out and those parts which present a higher than normal risk to users. Finally, there are some instances where the shop or technician charged with maintaining the motorcycle can be held liable. These cases would involve providing that the mechanic did a poor job of maintaining the motorcycle and, as a result, you were injured in an accident.
Working with a reputable personal injury attorney who is familiar with defective product liability laws is crucial to obtaining the maximum amount of compensation for your claim.
Available Damages For Motorcycle Accident Victims
Victims who are injured in motorcycle accidents caused by defective parts are entitled to compensation for an array of damages. Some of the most common awards for compensation include:
Medical Expenses: Accident victims can obtain compensation to cover all past, current, and future medical treatments related to their injuries.
Lost Wages: Victims who are forced out of work to attend appointments or stay in the hospital to recover about able to obtain wages they lost for each day of work they miss.
Lost Earnings: There are cases where victims sustain injuries so severe that they are unable to return to work. In these cases, victims can obtain compensation to cover the wages they would have earned for the rest of their career had they been able to continue working.
Pain And Suffering: Victims forced to change their way of living due to their injuries can obtain compensation. These awards often take into consideration the type of injury sustained and the severity of it. As well, courts will review how much of an impact the injury has on a victim’s life.
Mental Anguish: There are many cases where victims suffer posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and thoughts of hopelessness after their accidents. Victims can obtain compensation for any treatments related to mental health conditions resulting from their injuries.
Loss Of Consortium: Victims can obtain compensation if their injuries have an impact on their relationships with their spouses and children.
Punitive Damages: In many defective parts cases, victims can get punitive damages awarded as well. These damages are awarded to punish the liable party for grossly negligent acts that caused harm or death to consumers.
Working with a reputable attorney will ensure you obtain the maximum amount of compensation possible for your case.
A Utah Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a defective part, it is imperative to contact an attorney from Siegfried & Jensen as soon as possible. Determining the responsible party for a motorcycle accident is not always an easy task, which is why it is crucial for you to contact an attorney capable of collecting and evaluating the facts of your case.
At Siegfried & Jensen, we have over 30-years of experience helping accident victims get the maximum amount of compensation for their claims. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by defective or faulty parts, contact Siegfried & Jensen at (801) 845-9000. Our team of reputable attorneys is dedicated to helping you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.