Unlike automobiles, bicycles use significantly less parts to function. This cuts down on the likelihood that a part will be faulty, but a single faulty part in a bicycle can cause the same danger as a faulty part in a car. This is why bike owners need to take the same care when a part is recalled. Every single part is designed to function together, and if one malfunctions, it can cause a devastating bicycle accident.
If a part on your bicycle has been recalled, the manufacturer has the duty to inform the owner, who then has a duty to replace that part. However, we tend to let things go. If a part malfunctions and may have been the cause for your bicycle accident, what do you do?
The answer boils down to whether or not you were informed that a part had been recalled. If you never received a recall notice and discovered a faulty part caused your accident, you may be able to receive compensation from the manufacturer. However, if you did receive a recall notice and failed to take action, then this removes that manufacturer from liability.
If you were involved in an accident with another driver as well, it a combination of their fault and a faulty part caused it, you may be able to pursue compensation from both or even either. In truth, if the driver was at fault, it would be easier to pursue a case against them as manufacturer typically take many steps to protect themselves and cases can take time.
If you have been injured while riding, whether it was due to a faulty part or another driver that didn’t know how to share the road, contact us today. The Law Office of Gary Brustin is dedicated to helping injured cyclists get the compensation that they need for devastating accidents.