Bicycle Accidents and Defective Bike Parts

Jun 23, 2017 @ 09:00 AM — by Scott Sumner

A bicycle accidentMost bicyclists are aware of the dangers of sharing the road with other vehicles, but sometimes the bike itself can be the bigger risk factor. Bicycle defects, such as improper frame welding and defective brakes, can lead to serious accidents. Victims of bicycle accidents caused by a defective bike may be entitled to compensation for their injuries through a product liability lawsuit.

At Sumner Law, we help clients involved in bicycle accidents caused by defective bike parts obtain the maximum settlement for their injuries. Serving Concord, CA, Berkeley, CA and the East Bay, bicycle injury attorney Scott Sumner is ready to help you.

What Are Some Possible Bicycle Defects?

Every year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announces the recall of bicycles for reasons ranging from faulty chains to cracked frames. Bicycles may be deemed defective for a number of reasons. Some of the most common defects include:

  • Improper frame welding
  • Defective brakes
  • Defective wheels
  • Defective carbon fiber frames
  • Fork failure
  • Design defect
  • Poor safety standards
  • Cracking during manufacturing

Common Injuries in Defective Bicycle Accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), bicyclists are at greater risk of crash-related injury and death than those in motor vehicles. This is no surprise given the fact that bicyclists are far more exposed on the roads than those inside of an automobile. Defective bicycles can contribute to the occurrence of bicycle accidents, leading to such injuries as:

  • Facial fractures
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Mild to severe road rash
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Cuts or bruises
  • Fractured limbs

Defective Bicycle Claims

When a defective bicycle is the source of an accident and related injury, it may be possible to seek damages through a product liability lawsuit. It's important for those who suspect their accident was related to a defective bicycle to preserve as much evidence as possible. This includes taking photos of the accident site and preserving the bicycle in its current state. It's also imperative to contact a bicycle injury attorney. A bicycle injury attorney can help victims of bicycle accidents recoup damages for their injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Who May Be Held Liable for a Defective Bicycle?

The party who may be held liable for bicycle defects will depend on factors specific to each situation. Some parties who may be held liable for a defective bicycle include:

  • The manufacturer of the bicycle
  • The manufacturer of parts used in the bicycle
  • The bicycle wholesaler
  • The company that assembled the bicycle
  • The bicycle distributor
  • The retailer at which the bicycle was purchased

Learn More about Your Legal Rights

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident and believe your accident was related to a defect with your bike, there may be grounds for a product liability lawsuit. Contact Sumner Law to discuss the details of your case.

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