Motorcycle accidents of any sort are very dangerous for the rider. While many motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers, there is a chance that a motorcycle accident could be caused by a defective motorcycle or defective components. In these cases, the motorcycle rider would seek compensation from the responsible entity instead of from another driver.
When a motorcycle component or the motorcycle itself is found to be unsafe, the manufacturer has a duty to let the motorcycle owners know about the problem. This is often done through a recall that includes information about how to get the problem fixed. You should be sure to get the motorcycle fixed quickly so that you avoid the problems that are associated with the recalled components.
A motorcycle manufacturer would have to let motorcycle owners know about the recall in a timely manner. This is usually done by merging information available through dealerships about motorcycle sales with the information at the state’s registration office. This allows motorcycle manufacturers to get in contact with motorcycle owners even if they purchased the vehicle used. Of course, if the new owner doesn’t register the motorcycle to get a license plate, there is a chance the manufacturer couldn’t let him or her know.
Motorcycle owners who are informed of a recall should follow the instructions carefully. If you end up getting into an accident and are hurt, you will need to show that the recalled component caused the accident, that the accident caused your injuries and that you suffered financial damages because of those injuries. When you have all of that together, you can work on filing your claim for compensation.
Source: FindLaw, “Motorcycle Defects and Recalls,” accessed Nov. 04, 2016