Motorcycle Tire Failure
Motorcycles leave little to no protection for riders in the event of a crash. Taking that into consideration, it makes sense that every possible safety precaution should be taken every time a rider gets on a bike. And while riders can control factors such as what safety gear they wear, how fast they drive and what weather conditions they choose to drive in, they can’t always predict other, uncontrollable events.
Motorcycle tire failure is one of those events that riders can’t always avoid or detect ahead of time. Especially in the case of manufacturer defect or improper mounting performed by someone other than the rider, there may be no warning or means to avoid a tire failure and resulting accident.
Product Liability Claims for Motorcycle Tire Failure
If you’ve been injured or incurred property damage expenses because of motorcycle tire failure, you may be eligible for compensation.
It’s possible that negligence on the part of one of the following could have contributed to your accident.
- the tire manufacturer.
- a motorcycle mechanic who worked on your bike.
- or the dealership where you purchased the motorcycle.
For example, motorcycle tires might contain similar defects as other tires on passenger vehicles. This could include poor design or manufacturing that might contribute to tread separation or sidewall zipper failure. Tire blow-outs can be very dangerous and might lead the motorcyclist to lose control of the bike.
Meanwhile, if a mechanic installed the tires incorrectly or a dealership sold a bike with defective tires, those parties might be liable. A tire defect lawyer will know what signs to look for and can tell you what documentation or evidence is necessary to prove negligence and liability for your damages.
What damages can I recover if harmed by a motorcycle tire defect?
If you’ve been in an accident and motorcycle tire failure is to blame, you can file suit against the liable party – like a tire manufacturer – for reimbursement for expenses related to the crash.
Some of the expenses you can claim include the following.
- Property damage: If you motorcycle needs to be repaired or replaced, you may be entitled to the fair value for those repairs or for a replacement bike of similar value.
- Medical bills: If injured in the accident, you probably have mounting medical bills. The liable party can be responsible for those medical bills as well.
- Lost wages/future earnings: If you have been unable to work because of injuries sustained in the crash, you may be able to sue for compensation for any lost wages to date and also for expected future reduced or lost wages.
- Pain and suffering: You may also be able to include any quantifiable pain and suffering you’ve endured as a result of your motorcycle accident.
A tire defect attorney can help you determine what expenses you’ve incurred as a result of the accident as well as any future damages you can include in your case. Your attorney will organize your information and prepare the case.
A lawyer can also manage any follow-up and requests for additional documentation from an insurer or the defense. An attorney will know what defenses to expect from the liable party and will be prepared to negotiate and advocate on your behalf.
Call Chalik & Chalik if Injured By Motorcycle Tire Failure
If you need help after a motorcycle accident related to tire failure, Chalik and Chalik can be of assistance. We handle defective tire accident cases for victims in Florida and will help you file your claim. Call us today at 855-529-0269 to set up a free consultation.