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What happens if you're hurt on a defective motorcycle?

Imagine driving down the highway on your new motorcycle when you suddenly feel as if someone pushed you sideways. Then, you feel it again; your wheel is coming loose. Before you can stop, it breaks off, sending you to the ground. Now, you're injured and suffering all because of a defect of your motorcycle. What can you do?

Fortunately, there are many different options for you in this case. If there has been a recall on parts used on your motorcycle or if the motorcycle itself had faulty parts, you may be able to seek compensation directly from the manufacturer.

When a company knows that there is a problem with a vehicle, it has a duty to issue a recall. That recall needs to reach the people who own their vehicles, so they can take their vehicles back for repairs. If a manufacturer refuses to issue a recall or to state that parts are defective, those defective pieces could cause problems with the vehicle and an accident that leads to a serious injury or death. The manufacturer should be held accountable any time a vehicle is not made up to standard.

There are a few things to consider when you decide if you're going to file a claim, though. Look up your motorcycle and see if there are recalls. If so, you may want to reach out about your injuries and see what the manufacturer wants to do for you. In some cases, it may wish to settle out of court quickly to avoid costly litigation. Also, consider if you were hurt and the cost that could arise from that. Litigation might seem extreme, but you should not have to cover the expenses of a serious injury that was the fault of a manufacturer's negligence.

Source: FindLaw, "Motorcycle Defects and Recalls," accessed Dec. 20, 2016

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