Recalls for automobiles seem to be a common occurrence. A 2009 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides that since 1966, over 390 million motor vehicles have been recalled for defects.
But product defects don’t only affect automobiles, they are also present in bicycles as well. Defective bicycles and bicycle products can actually lead to serious injuries, and anyone riding a bike should take steps to avoid purchasing a faulty product, especially one subject to a bicycle recall.
Check for Bicycle Component Recalls
One of the quickest ways to spot a faulty bicycle component is by researching it to discover if it has been subject to recall. Bicycle recalls range from bike chains to pedals to entire frames. Some of the recalls only involve a few hundred bikes, while others include tens of thousands, all from a variety of different manufacturers and models.
Bicycle Retailer & Industry News maintains an updated list of new bicycle recalls which riders should diligently check each season to make sure their products are reliable.
Possible Defects and Injuries that May Result from a Bicycle Crash
Defective components may appear in a variety of places throughout the bike. Some common bicycle defects include:
- faulty brakes that slip or fail entirely;
- weak or poorly designed or welded frames prone to cracks;
- pedals that come loose; and
- faulty tires.
Unfortunately, some defective parts may go unnoticed and lead to an accident, causing minor or even serious injuries to the rider.
A 2001 report published in the journal American Family Physician claims that some of the more common injuries include:
- head or face injuries;
- injuries to the upper or lower extremities;
- injuries to the abdomen or thorax; and
- neck injuries.
With this, depending on the nature of the bicycle accident, the injuries may range in severity. Riders may suffer “road rash,” which generally involves scrapes and other lacerations caused by falling and skidding on the ground. A bicyclist may also experience a brain injury, especially if he or she falls while not wearing a helmet.
Speak with an Attorney for Help
No one wants to be injured when going out for a bike ride in Bellevue. But if you have been hurt in a bike accident because of a bicycle recall, an attorney can help you file a products liability claim to recover compensation. Even if you don’t know if your bike has been recalled or not, if it malfunctioned then our law team will be happy to hear your case and investigate on your behalf.
Chapter 7.72 of the Revised Code of Washington provides you rights as a victim, and allows you to recover damages if you can demonstrate that the defect contributed to or caused the accident. An attorney at Max Meyers Lax PLLC can help you file a claim so that you can recover due compensation for your damages. You can reach one of our Bellevue accident lawyers at 425-399-7000 or fill out our contact form to set up your consultation.