Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul ~ Author unknown
While riding a motorcycle is incredibly thrilling, it can also be very dangerous. Because of the negligence of other drivers and the dangers posed by defective equipment, motorcycle accidents have the potential to lead to traumatic brain injuries, skull fractures, paralysis, paraplegia, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, severe burn injuries, and even death.
Drivers have a duty to exercise care and caution towards other motorists at all times. When they fail to exercise that duty while driving alongside motorcyclists, grave injury can result. For instance, a Florida man was tragically killed when a Hummer drove through a flashing red light and struck his motorcycle. His family was awarded $8.48 million for, among other things, wrongful death and loss of potential future income. Similarly, a 49-year old Georgia man was awarded $650,000 for suffering broken bones and a debilitating back injury following a collision with a car that carelessly pulled out onto the road after the car motorist failed to see the motorcyclist.
Consequences of Neglecting a High Duty of Care
Of course, fellow drivers are not the only ones who owe motorcyclists a duty of care. You may also have a valid claim against a company such as Harley-Davidson, Boss Hoss, Orange County Choppers, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha, as well as others who manufactured your motorcycle, or any of its parts, that turned out to be defective or faulty. Many motorcycle accident injuries are the result of handlebar defects, brake failures, fuel line defects, tire defects, helmet defects, and broken or cracked wheels. Even riders who wear helmets and exercise as much caution as possible may still suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s) or death due to product defects.
Trish McCloud was awarded $15 million against Goodyear Dunlap Tires by an Illinois jury after a tire on her motorcycle blew out, causing her head to strike the pavement and resulting in severe brain damage and paralysis. Ms. McCloud successfully brought a products liability claim against Goodyear for manufacturing defective tires and was awarded damages for disfigurement, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and past and future medical expenses.
Seat failures, which frequently occur because of defective seat brackets or loose bolts and hinges on adjustable seats, are defects that can lead to serious injury as a result of a rider losing control of his or her bike and being ejected from their seat. In 2005, Yamaha was forced to recall nearly 200,000 motorcycles with defective seat brackets for fear that a seat would fall off its fender.
Legal Legends Winning Your Battles
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, skull fracture, burns, spinal cord injury, paraplegia, quadriplegia, or other devastating injury following a Pennsylvania motorcycle accident, the Philadelphia traffic accident lawyers at The Beasley Firm are here to help you. The attorneys on our specialized motorcycle teams are also owners and riders of bikes and are well aware of the many safety issues that threaten motorcyclists. We will help you obtain compensation for the thousands of dollars in medical expenses you have been forced to pay, the income you have lost from not being able to work and the severe pain and suffering you have endured as a result of the careless behavior of the company who defectively designed or manufactured your motorcycle. We believe that these manufacturers should be held accountable for taking their customers’ money while failing to take the time to provide them with a safe product and failing to protect them from permanent brain injury, paralysis, or even death.
Since 1958, the legendary Philadelphia product liability attorneys of The Beasley Firm have been awarded in excess of $2 billion dollars and have sustained hundreds of verdicts, settlements, and awards in excess of $1 million dollars. Our record of success speaks for itself. If you or a loved one has been wrongfully injured or killed due to a motorcycle accident, please contact one of our experienced bike lawyers at (888) 823-5291. As always, we offer a zero fee guarantee which means that if we don’t make a recovery on your behalf, you don’t owe us a dime. We always offer a free, no obligation consultation.