Georgia Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Accident Claim Attorneys


February 03, 2013

If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, you are likely aware of the risk created by negligent drivers. If you are a Harley-Davidson enthusiast, you may also face the danger of being involved in motorcycle accidents that could be caused by the design or manufacturing process of your Harley-Davidson bike.

Our Harley-Davidson motorcycle accident lawyers are currently reviewing product defect claims arising out of Harley-Davidson crashes resulting in serious injury or death.

At Montlick and Associates, our Harley-Davidson defective motorcycle attorneys are evaluating the following types of cases:

  • Motorcycles with defects in their assembly, manufacturing or design
  • Motorcycle neck cave-in defects
  • Rear tire defects that cause the bike to weave unsafely
  • “Death wobble” defects that make the handlebars rock forward and backward

Harley-Davidson motorcycles were previously the subject of product defect claims in 2002. A motorcycle cop died in a collision while riding a Harley-Davidson Touring model because the bike had a defect that caused a death wobble. Because motorcycles offer limited stability and essentially no protection to riders, motorcycle collisions account for 8 percent of all fatal collisions despite constituting only 2 percent of motor vehicles.

Federal regulators require that motorcycle manufacturers provide bikes that are safe for riders. When defects are uncovered that make motorcycles dangerous, the manufacturer may recall them. Even large motorcycle manufacturers like Harley-Davidson may issue motorcycle recalls, but recalls usually are issued only after mishaps and, the notice may not make its way to all riders.

Motorcycle defects may be associated with all manufacturers and can include faulty acceleration, malfunctioning brakes, poorly fabricated tires and seals that fail. While some of these defects may seem relatively benign, they can become deadly depending on the circumstances. When a motorcycle accident occurs, depending on the facts of the particular case, the injury victim may be able to pursue damage claims against the vehicle manufacturer, which can include large corporations, such as Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Harley-Davidson.

Even if a product defect contributed to a motorcycle accident, this does not prevent pursuing a legal claim against a negligent driver, repair shop that performs deficient repairs or even potentially public entities for poorly designed or maintained roads. There are many motorcycle accidents that involve multiple liable parties, so our Georgia Harley-Davidson motorcycle accident claims lawyers engage in appropriate investigations that may include reviewing law enforcement reports, analyzing skid marks, surveying the accident scene, consulting with accident reconstruction and/or engineering experts and more. While the specific investigation depends on the facts of our client’s case, our goal is to seek the best outcome for our client.

Our Atlanta Georgia Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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