If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident due to a mechanical or manufacturing defect, Abel Law Firm can help. Bikers across Oklahoma trust our legal team to fight on their behalf to get the compensation they deserve. A manufacturing or mechanical error on your bike is not your fault, and the accident may result from negligence on behalf of the motorcycle or part manufacturer. Our Oklahoma motorcycle defect attorneys will work hard to help you get the compensation you deserve after your motorcycle accident. This money can help pay your medical bills, care for your family, and help rebuild your life. Call us today at (405) 239-7046 for a free consultation with an experienced Oklahoma City mechanical or manufacturing defect lawyer to discuss what legal options are available to you.
Why You Need a Lawyer
After a motorcycle accident, you worry about how you will return to work (if you can go back at all), earn an income, pay for your medical expenses, and the many other strains of carrying on with your daily life. All these worries, combined with suffering a tremendous amount of physical pain and stress, are why you need a lawyer to fight on your behalf.
Hiring a professional to handle the numerous phone calls, emails, and paperwork associated with personal injury claims is smart. Not only will this lift a massive weight off your tired shoulders, but your chances of winning a more substantial compensation amount will also increase.
The lawyers at Abel Law Firm are ready to work tirelessly on your behalf to get the compensation you deserve. Hire a skilled and dedicated Oklahoma lawyer with experience in mechanical or manufacturing defect motorcycle accidents.
Why Choose Us
With over 130 years of combined legal experience, Abel Law Firm is ready and able to help you get back on your feet. We are Oklahoma lawyers who have assisted bikers in filing claims against manufacturers after an accident due to a mechanical or manufacturing defect since 1976.
Our efforts have not gone unnoticed. In 2011, Ed Abel, the founding senior partner of our firm, was recognized as the Oklahoma City Personal Injury Litigator of the Year by Best Lawyers. Most importantly, our clients continue to be pleased with our work and recommend us to people they know. Click here to read what our clients say about their experience with Abel Law Firm.
Cases We Handle
A mechanical or manufacturing defect with your motorcycle can result from negligence on the part of the manufacturer of your bike or an individual faulty part. A careful review of your case can determine which party is at fault for the accident and, therefore, responsible for your losses. Some common defects include:
- Faulty Brakes: The safety of any vehicle depends on properly working brakes. The defective operation of your brakes may be due to their manufacturing or installation.
- Defective Tires: With only two tires, motorcycles are at a higher risk of malfunctioning. A blowout can cause severe harm or even death to a biker.
- Faulty Fuel Line: A defective fuel line can cause overheating of your bike and even fire. Damaged fuel lines can cause burns or other critical harm to you.
- Engine Failure: No matter why an engine fails, an accident resulting in grave injury or even death is more likely to occur.
- Handlebar Defects: Defective handlebars can cause bikers to lose control of their motorcycles entirely. Not being able to steer your bike is a significant risk to your safety.
If your accident resulted from these or other mechanical or manufacturing defects, contact an attorney at Abel Law Firm to determine what cause of action you may have.
Types of Defects That Could Cause a Motorcycle to Malfunction
Three major types of defects could lead to a severe accident. Manufacturers are supposed to ensure they provide their consumers with quality products that don’t contain dangerous defects that could cause injuries. If they make a mistake during the manufacturing process, it could result in a faulty part that doesn’t work as intended. When a motorcycle’s system malfunctions, the rider could suffer severe injuries or death in an accident.
Manufacturing defects involve an error that occurs while manufacturing the bike or part. There are manufacturing controls and quality assurance procedures in place to prevent defects from happening. The manufacturer could be liable for the resulting injuries if a dangerous product leaves the warehouse.
Design defects result from a design flaw that creates a risk to someone who uses the product. The company could be at fault for a motorcycle accident if:
- The design was inherently dangerous before manufacturing began;
- The company should have known about the defect and that it could cause an injury; and
- There is an alternative design they could have used to prevent the defect.
Failure to warn refers to the failure to advise consumers of their product’s risks or to include clear instructions on how to use it. Even if a motorcycle or individual part doesn’t contain any manufacturing or design defects, if it could still cause someone an injury that isn’t due to the manufacturer’s negligent actions, warnings to the consumer must exist. The product must include warning labels so riders know how to operate every part of the bike to avoid getting hurt.
What Costs Can I Recover After a Motorcycle Accident?
If the manufacturer was at fault for your injuries, you could seek compensation from them to cover your losses. These losses could include the cost of medical treatment and other expenses, as well as the physical and emotional suffering you were forced to endure.
Examples of available losses include:
- Medical bills
- Emotional distress
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Loss of consortium
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity
Businesses purchase general liability insurance to cover an accident victim’s losses. You could file a claim with the manufacturer’s insurance company. However, it’s important to remember that they will not have your best interests in mind during your claim process. Their goal will be to save money by denying the claim or providing a low settlement offer. That is why hiring an experienced Oklahoma City motorcycle mechanical or manufacturing defects lawyer is crucial to handle the settlement negotiations. We will protect your rights so the insurance company isn’t able to take advantage of you.
No two accidents are the same. The exact amount and types of losses you may recover will vary depending on the particular facts of your case. The best way to determine your claim is worth is to discuss your options with an experienced Oklahoma City motorcycle accident lawyer at Abel Law Firm.
How Modified Comparative Negligence Could Impact Your Compensation
Oklahoma follows a modified comparative negligence rule. This means that if you were partly to blame for the motorcycle accident, you could receive less compensation than if the manufacturer was 100% at fault.
For instance, let’s say your total losses equal to $100,000. After reviewing your case, a jury determines the manufacturer was 75% liable for your injuries due to a manufacturing defect, but you were 25% at fault for texting while riding your bike. That would mean instead of recovering the full $100,000 in compensation, you would only be entitled to $75,000.
There’s also the 51% rule that could prevent you from pursuing any amount of compensation. If a jury finds that you were more than 50% to blame for the motorcycle crash, you wouldn’t be allowed to recover your losses from the bike or parts manufacturer.
Contact Our Oklahoma City Motorcycle Mechanical Defect Lawyers
Recovering after a motorcycle accident due to a mechanical or manufacturing defect is possible with a lawyer’s help from Abel Law Firm. Stop suffering alone, and let us help you hold the bike or part manufacturers responsible for your injuries.
We will remain by your side in the fight for justice. You can depend on our legal team to be there for you from start to finish your case. We will never leave you to wonder about the status of your case or what steps we’re taking to pursue compensation. We will regularly update you and walk you through the entire process.
Meet with a member of our legal team for a free consultation to discuss how we can serve you in this time of need. Call (405) 239-7046, chat with us or fill out our online contact form to get started with the legal help you deserve.