NHTSA and Motorcycle Defects Investigation The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is in charge of investigating reported motorcycle defects, and may instigate a recall if defective motorcycle parts are found. The administration conducts its investigation in a few stages with full intention of reducing the risk of a motorcycle accident.
The NHTSA investigation process involves the following stages:
- Petition review;
- Investigation; and
- Recall Management.
Motorcycle manufacturers must comply with the requirements and final decision made by NHTSA. The manufacturer has the choice to replace, repair, or refund a motorcycle that has a defective part. To avoid motorcycle accidents, you should visit your dealer or the manufacturer’s main office to report signs of motorcycle defects.
Liability in a Defect-Caused Motorcycle Accident
A motorcycle manufacturer may be liable in a motorcycle accident claim, if the motorcycle was unsafe because of a defect in the design or the manufacturer’s failure to provide adequate warning about its safety usage.
In a case where a person or company’s negligence is thought to be the blame for another person’s injuries, the burden of proof falls on the victim. In other words, you may be required to prove that your injuries were a direct result of the defective motorcycle part or malfunction. You may even have to prove that you sustained damages while operating the motorcycle in its intended use.
If you were injured due to your own reckless riding or negligence, however, your claim may be dismissed without consideration.
How an Illinois Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help
The Chicago personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C. can work with accident reconstructionists to gather the necessary evidence to prove that a third party’s negligence was to blame for your injuries. Don’t attempt to go it alone. We can help you with your case. Contact us today for a no cost case evaluation – (312) 263-1080.