Off-road motorcycle accidents commonly occur due to a defect in the design or manufacture of the bike. The injuries are usually very serious, if not fatal. In the past few years, there have been several recalls of off-road motorcycles due to various defects:
- handlebar cracking,
- defective ignition switches,
- front fork failure, and
- unexpected acceleration.
In September 2011, KTM motorcycles were recalled due to a fall or crash hazard. The handlebar clamps were subject to cracking, causing the handlebars to move.
In August, 2012, Kawasaki motorcycles were recalled for a faulty housing of the ignition switch, allowing water to enter the starter area.
In October, 2009, Zero Motorcycles motorcycles were recalled due to unexpected acceleration.
In May, 2009, KTM motorcycles were recalled due to the potential for front fork inner tube cracking and separation.
When these types of defects cause accidents and injuries, the product liability laws of Pennsylvania and New Jersey give the victim the legal right to sue the manufacturers and distributors of the bikes and the bike component parts.
However, product liability claims are not the only claims that can be made in a motorcycle accident case. There can be claims against the roadway or course operator as well, for negligent design or defects. It is vital to have the case reviewed by a knowledgeable, experienced motorcycle accident.
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Published: May 22, 2012