Motorcycle Accidents And Product Defects
When Defects Cause Motorcycle AccidentsMotorcycle accidents tend to result in the most serious injuries of any type of vehicular accident. Not only are motorcyclists more likely to be involved in an accident than automobile drivers, when an accident does occur, the risk of death or serious injury is higher. Motorcycles are smaller, which makes them harder to see than cars and is one of the top reasons why such accidents occur, but defects in the motorcycle can also cause accidents with the most common defect being brake failure. Brake failure can play a role in all types of motorcycle accidents including those that involve inclement weather and traffic safety violations like speeding or weaving in and out of traffic, but it can also lead to an accident that never should have occurred in the first place. If a motorcycle can’t stop, even in clear and dry conditions, the situation can turn deadly quickly. The Honda Case To illustrate just how serious motorcycle defects are, Honda Motor Company has enacted two recalls of their GL-1800 motorcycle due to a braking safety issue. The recall applies to model years 2001-2010 and 2012 because of a defect in the secondary brake cylinder. This component may cause dragging in the rear brake which can lead to unexpected crashes and even fires. Fortunately there haven’t been any injuries or deaths attributed to this defect, but Honda has received over 500 complaints about issue. While we applaud Honda for taking the proactive step of recalling these motorcycles for component replacement, it is a stark reminder that even safe and normal operation of a motorcycle can be dangerous and lead to injury-causing accidents.