Bicycle Parts Liability in California
Defective parts in bicycles, for example, pedals or forks, can cause riders to crash and suffer serious injuries. Especially when riders are traveling at fast speeds and on public roads. Riders injured because of defective design or manufacturing may be entitled to compensation.
What causes bicycle components to fail?Bike defects leading to bike accidents can have numerous causes. Some of these are design defects, manufacturing defects, improper assembly, poor maintenance, and crashes or impacts.
Design defects in bicycles exist because of manufacturers' negligence in creating a product. Also, they can result from their failure to foresee how their products will be used. Most likely, when a product is defectively designed, the whole line of products will be defective as well.
Many parts can be defective on a bike. For example, the hollow cranks can be too hollow. The seats, frames, handlebars, wheels, tires, chains, breaks, etc. Could be defective on a bike.
There are many cases of manufacturers voluntarily recalling products because defects could cause riders to lose control, fall, and suffer injuries. Defective products may end up on the market due to inadequate product testing.
Manufacturing defects, for example, not suitable frame welding, may appear when the product does not conform to an original design or prototype.
What to do when you suspect a component is defective.If you believe that a component on your bike may be defective, you should stop riding the bike and take it to a local shop.
If the component fails while riding the bike, detect the failure, photograph and preserve components in the same state. These parts can be examined by experts in case you decide to sue. If you have been injured due to riding a defective bicycle, is essential to preserve the evidence.
Who can be liable for accidents and injuries caused by defective bikes?When a defective bike was marketed without proper inspection, you may have a cause for strict liability. You are required to show that your injuries were caused by the defect.
You could, also, pursue a negligence claim.
Product liability claims are not easy cases to pursue and you need an experienced lawyer by your side. The case will require expert opinions and testing. Also, most likely, the manufacturer will try to argue improper product maintenance.