Were you injured while riding a bicycle or using a bicycle-related product? If the accident was caused because of a defect with that product, then the manufacturer might be the party accountable for your damages. Howry, Breen & Herman, LLP in Austin can help you explore your legal options and calculate the damages owed to you. Our goal is to secure every penny of compensation for you from as many defendants as necessary.
Legal Requirements for Bicycle Products
Bicycle designs are regulated by federal codes that define what is and what is not a bicycle.
For the most part, a bicycle is considered to be:
- A two-wheeled vehicle with a rear-drive wheel and that relies on human power; or
- A two-to-three-wheeled vehicle with pedals, an electric motor that is weaker than 750 watts, and that cannot exceed 20 miles per hour on a flat surface.
Additionally, a bicycle is considered a “sidewalk bicycle” if its seat is 25 inches or less above the ground. Sidewalk bicycles have must different regulations than other, standard bicycles.
Bicycle regulations and product definitions are important in bicycle product liability cases because they can often be used to determine if the product was designed poorly or unsafely. Our attorneys can look into the legalities behind the bicycle you were using when you got into a crash or otherwise became injured due to one of its perceived defects.
What to Do If Your Bike Product Fails or Breaks
It is important to not repair your bicycle if you get into a bicycle accident, especially if the accident was likely caused by a defect with the bicycle. The goal is to keep the product in the same condition it was in when you were injured. By doing so, you can allow a product expert to conduct a thorough inspection of the bicycle, as well as capture plenty of photographs yourself of its condition.
Has Your Bicycle Been Recalled for Defects?
Your bicycle might have been recalled due to a defect, but you might not have known it due to inadequate communications from the manufacturer. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) keeps track of all recalled products on its website (cpsc.gov). Visit the website when you have a moment and use the search bar at the top of the page to look for your bicycle product or another similar product made by the company. If something comes up, then it could strengthen your injury claim when in the hands of our experienced attorneys.
We have handled all sorts of product liability cases involving recalled products. Using what we know and our connections with product experts like engineers, we can look for a way to prove that the bicycle manufacturer created a defective product for one reason or another. Due to strict liability rules, proving as much could be a pivotal part of your claim to compensation.
Legal Action Against a Bike Manufacturer
Are you wondering what to do about your claim or lawsuit after a defective bicycle or piece of bicycle equipment caused you to get injured? Call(512) 430-4844 and connect with our bicycle defect attorneys in Austin. We would be happy to discuss the main details of your case during an initial consultation.
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