Bicyclists need to be aware of their surroundings at all time to stay out
of danger and reduce the chances of getting into a serious accident. When
near streets, they have to watch for
distracted motorists that could abruptly cut into their lanes or turn in front of them. When
on sidewalks, they have to keep one eye open for reckless pedestrians
that might dash out in front of them. However, there is one serious hazard
to bicyclists that cannot be spotted coming: a bicycle defect.
Examples of hazardous bicycle defects include:
- Brake systems that fail or are largely ineffective
- Bike tires that fall apart or burst
- Bike chains that come loose while riding
- Seats, pedals, or handlebars that fall off
Taken completely by surprise by the sudden defect, a bicyclist can do little
to prevent an accident, crash, or fall. They could be seriously injured,
even while wearing a helmet, and need costly medical treatments to recover.
Since no motorist or pedestrian collided with them, how can compensation
be sought in such a situation?
Filing Lawsuits for Defective Bicycle Parts
A bicycle accident caused by a defective bicycle part may actually be considered a
product liability issue. To this end, the bicyclist could potentially file a claim for full recoveries
against the company that manufactured the bicycle. The company could agree
to settle the case for a fair amount, or it might be taken to court, where
a judge will need to be convinced to hold them accountable for medical
costs, bicycle repair, lost wages, pain and suffering, and so forth.
In less common circumstances, the bicycle defect might be traced back to
a bicycle mechanic, not the manufacturer. People who take their bicycles
to a shop for service should keep clear records of the work performed
in case a defect arises later.
Were you hurt while riding your bicycle and you suspect it was caused by
a bike part defect? Now is a good time to call
215.278.4449 and talk to a Philadelphia product liability attorney from Golomb &
Honik, P.C. We can get you started with a
free initial case evaluation to point you in the right direction.