Effective, Compassionate MA & RI Motorcycle Defect Attorneys
You are riding your motorcycle on a sunny day, enjoying the weather and the freedom that comes with sitting in the saddle between two wheels. It is days like these that remind you why you bought a motorcycle in the first place.
Then, all of a sudden, something goes wrong. You are sliding on the pavement, scared for your life and wondering helplessly what is going to happen next. What happened? If there is no other rational explanation, a defect in your motorcycle may be to blame.
Seeking Compensation for Motorcycle Defects
Under Massachusetts and Rhode Island law, a “defect” is a problem with a product that makes it unsafe for use as intended. Defects in motorcycles can be life-threatening, and as a result manufacturers are held to a very high standard when it comes to taking responsibility for ensuring that their bikes are safe for the road.
Yet, defective motorcycles and parts cause numerous serious and fatal injuries every year. Consider the consequences if any of the following are not working properly:
- Clutch and transmission
- Fuel system
- Wheels and tires
All of these parts and components are susceptible to defects. As a rider, you probably check your bike each time you ride. However, by their nature, defects are often invisible and unpredictable. As a result, defects can cause sudden problems for unsuspecting riders. If you are seriously injured or lose a loved one in a motorcycle accident caused by a defect, you may be entitled to significant compensation.
Manufacturers and distributors typically fight vigorously against motorcycle defect claims. This is understandable, as in most situations one successful defect claim is likely to lead to many more. At Bottaro Law Firm, we have significant experience holding big corporations responsible for defect-related accidents and injuries. We handle multiple types of product defect claims and have the resources, capacity, and drive necessary to pursue these challenging cases.
Motorcycle Helmet Safety
Along with motorcycle defects, riders also need to be cautious about the risks of unsafe helmets.
All helmets sold in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are required to meet the minimum standards established by the federal Department of Transportation (DOT). Helmets that meet the DOT standards should have a “DOT” logo on the back. If your helmet does not have the logo, chances are that it does not meet the DOT standards.
However, it is important to understand that DOT “certification” is an honor system. The DOT does not actually inspect all motorcycle helmets that go on the shelves. Instead, manufacturers are supposed to conduct the necessary testing in order to meet the standards, and then they themselves apply the DOT badge.
The Snell Memorial Foundation is a private non-profit organization that conducts testing on motorcycle helmets. In order to receive the Snell seal of approval, a helmet must survive rigorous testing in a Snell facility. Snell’s standards are stricter than the DOT’s, so if you want to feel confident that your helmet is top of the line, consider sticking to Snell-certified models.
Motorcycle Helmet Defects
Unfortunately, some manufacturers and distributors – whether intentionally or unintentionally – improperly label their helmets as DOT and Snell certified. Such improper labeling may give rise to a defect claim. In addition, just like motorcycle components and other products, helmets can have design issues and suffer flaws during the manufacturing process. In each case, manufacturers and distributers deserve to be held liable for putting riders’ lives at risk.
Contact the Rhode Island Law Firm with the No-Fee Guarantee
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, Bottaro Law Firm can investigate to find out if you may have a claim for a product defect. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call (866) 529-9700 or contact us online today.