Motorcycle defects can pose serious risks to motorcyclists and other motorists. If a defective part or design flaw causes a motorcycle accident, then the manufacturer may be held completely liable.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will investigate all cases of defective motorcycle parts and malfunctions and then order a recall if necessary. Visit our article library to read more about motorcycle manufacturer defects. Because the outcome of a motorcycle accident can be so severe, it is important that you do regular maintenance checks on your motorcycle. A small defect may result in long periods in the hospital and expensive medical bills. If you think your motorcycle might have a defect you should report it to your local dealer or the manufacturer’s main office. Motorcyclists may make reports about defective motorcycles directly to the NHTSA.The NHTSA conducts its investigation in 4 stages:
- Screening – reports submitted by motorcyclists are reviewed along with other related information to determine whether an investigation is needed;
- Petition Analysis – the administration will review all the petitions made regarding the need for a defective motorcycle recall and/or safety hazards;
- Investigation – This is done in two parts: a preliminary evaluation and engineering analysis;
- Recall Management – after a recall is ordered, the process is monitored to track the recall rate, the effectiveness of the solutions, etc.
The NHTSA functions in the best interest of motorcyclists and provides measures to ensure safety at all time. If you were injured due to your own reckless riding or negligence, however, your claim may be dismissed without consideration.Injuries that result from motorcycle accidents are often more severe than automobile accidents. If you have suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident due to a manufacturer’s defects, then a Chicago personal injury attorney from the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C. can help you with your case. Contact us today for a free case evaluation – (312) 263-1080.