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Defective Bike Accidents

Many cyclists think about the dangers of the road when they head out for a ride, but they often do not consider the very dangers inherent in their bicycles themselves. Bicycle defects, such as defective brakes or improper frame welding, can also lead to serious crashes on the road. When this happens and cyclists are hurt as a result, they are entitled to compensation under California’s product liability laws.

If you have been injured due to a defective or faulty bike, you need the help of a California defective bike accident lawyer. An attorney will help you claim the full amount of compensation to which you are entitled.

Common Bicycle Defects

The Consumer Product Safety Commission releases a report every year listing major recalls. The bike defects commonly found on this list include:

  • Frame defects
  • Defective brakes
  • Defective tires
  • For failure
  • Defective design
  • Failure to comply with safety standards
  • Cracks or breaks during manufacturing that are not repaired

While manufacturers can be held liable for these defects, so too can a number of other potential parties.

Liability in a Defective Bike Accident Claim

California’s product liability laws state that manufacturers are responsible for ensuring their products are always safe for consumers to use. When they are not, those manufacturers can be found negligent and held liable for paying compensation. However, it is not only manufacturers who can be found at fault for defective bike parts. Other liable parties can include:

  • The manufacturer of the defective part
  • A wholesaler
  • Any individual or company that assembled the bike
  • A distributor
  • A retailer, if they did not handle the bike properly

A defective bike accident lawyer can help those hurt determine who was liable for the accident.

Compensation in Defective Bike Accidents

When an injured party claims compensation against someone at fault for an accident, that compensation is meant to make the accident victim whole again. It is intended to reimburse the victim for any expenses or losses he or she has suffered as a result of the accident.

California allows for both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are expenses and costs that have a specific dollar amount. Non-economic damages are losses you have sustained that do not have an actual monetary value. Together, these damages can provide compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Property damages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma and mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium
  • Permanent disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Wrongful death

Due to the fact that not all of these losses have a specific value, it is important to speak to a bike defects accident attorney who can help estimate a full value for your claim.

Call a California Bike Defects Accident Attorney Today

If you have been hurt in a bicycle accident that was due to a defective bike, or defective parts, you need the help of our San Francisco bike defects accident attorneys. At Willoughby Brod, LLP, we know how to determine which party was liable for the accident and we hold them accountable for paying the full amount of compensation to which you are entitled. Call us today at (800) 427-7020 for your free consultation so we can begin reviewing your case.

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