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As Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers, our law firm has seen it all. Although most motorcycle crashes occur due to someone’s negligence on the road, some motorcycle accidents happen due to defects in manufacturing and design.
Recently, both Honda and Harley-Davidson recalled hundreds of thousands of motorcycles due to potential rear brake issues that could increase a biker’s chances of being involved in a motorcycle crash. Although both companies have announced the issues and are repairing the problems, too many incidents have already occurred due to negligence on the part of the manufacturers.
Although Honda was informed about the brake problem in July 2010 when a biker heard a small explosion and saw fire from his rear brake area, Honda took 16 months to verify the problem and come up with a course of action to repair the issue. During that time, several other motorcyclists also experienced rear brake problems and fires.
Additionally, Harley-Davidson received reports of brake problems in 2010 when a biker reported his Trike motorcycle losing its rear brake light. The company continued receiving reports of this nature, and started repairing the problem late last year.
Because motorists already have trouble spotting motorcycles on the road, brake light failure can increase the likelihood of a motorcycle accident in Atlanta and throughout this country. These two companies’ tardy responses to an urgent mechanical deficiency are shameful.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash due to manufacturing defects, you may have rights to a product liability claim. Additionally, if you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim.
For more information about your rights following a Georgia motorcycle crash, please call a skilled Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer at the Kalka Law Firm for a free legal consultation today. At the same time, you can obtain a free copy of Tony Kalka’s book, Sharing the Road and Surviving the Crash.