Many bike injuries are the results of accidents, such as falls or collisions with other riders, vehicles, or stationary objects. However, many bike injuries can be caused by defects with the bike. These typically involve injuries related to falls due to a part malfunctioning. Typical bicycle defects include:
- Pedals detaching from the bike, causing a fall hazard
- The fork separating from the steering tube, creating a steering hazard
- Brake defects and brake failures
- Malfunctions related to the bike seat
- A lack of proper or effective warning labels
- Various other types of design or manufacturing defects
These types of injuries can be more serious depending on the type of bike and biking activity. For instance, injuries may be more complex with mountain bikes or bikes used in extreme sports activities. Product defects that cause bike crashes can also result in property damage (for instance, if a bicyclist crashes into private property).
Who Can be Held Liable for a Bike Injury Caused by a Product Defect?
In most cases involving a bike injury caused by a product defect, it is the manufacturer of the bike that may be held liable for injuries or property damage. The manufacturer will typically be held liable under a product defect legal theory.
In some cases, a distributor or seller of a bicycle can be held liable for injuries resulting from bike defects. For instance, if they knew or should have known that a bike product was dangerous, but still sold it to a consumer, they might be held liable for injuries caused by the defect. An example of this is where a bike retailer knows that a certain bicycle model was subject to a recall, yet failed to remove the product from their store.
Are There any Legal Remedies for a Bike Injury Cause by a Product Defect?
In many cases, legal action might be needed for injury cases that involve some form of product defect. These cases typically result in a monetary damages award that is issued to the plaintiff. The damages can be sufficient to cover losses such as hospital bills, medical costs, lost wages (due to not working while in recovery), and other expenses.
Also, class action lawsuits frequently arise in connection with bike products that cause injury many consumers.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Bike Injury Claim Involving a Product Defect?
Bike injuries caused by a product defect can be serious, and may involve a complex mix of different laws. It may be in your best interests to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need assistance with a bike injury claim. Your lawyer can provide you with legal advice and representation during the process.