Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Holding a Mechanic Liable for Poor Motorcycle Maintenance

It is true that most automobile accidents are caused by driver error, but it is not true in every instance. There are other potential causes of accidents unrelated to driver error, such as defective vehicle manufacture, poor road maintenance, or vehicle equipment failure.

One potential cause of automobile accidents is are beyond the ability of careful, cautious and prudent drivers is improper maintenance work performed by a mechanic.  When the vehicle is a motorcycle the stakes are even higher than with a car as motorcycle accidents are more likely to result in serious injury than crashes involving passenger vehicles.

People who have been in hurt in a motorcycle accident where the cause of the accident was not the error of the motorcycle driver but rather a mechanic who failed to properly repair the motorcycle can seek compensation from the mechanic or his or her employer.

Establishing Negligence on the Part of a Mechanic

In some cases, the negligence of a mechanic may be fairly clear. For example, if you take you bike in for a brake replacement and the brakes fail as you are riding home from the shop, it probably to assume that either the mechanic that worked on your motorcycle made a mistake or the parts used were faulty. A simple investigation could determine which of these possibilities was the case, allowing you to move forward with your claim.

In other cases, however, a faulty repair may not become apparent for days or weeks after it takes place. Furthermore, the issue that causes an accident may initially seem unrelated to the work that you had done. For this reason, it is important to always consider the possibility that negligently performed maintenance contributed to an accident and fully investigate whether or not it did.

Motorcycle Accidents Can Entitle Victims to Significant Recovery

Motorcycle accidents can result in extremely serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and serious soft tissue injuries. As a result, victims of accidents caused by negligently performed vehicle maintenance are often entitled to significant compensation. Some examples of the losses that are often recovered in Florida motorcycle accident cases include the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Property damage
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering

The best way to find out if you have a claim is to have your case reviewed by an attorney as soon as possible after an accident has occurred, so call our office today.

Contact a Clearwater Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation

Whether you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident, it pays to determine the full cause of the accident.  The motorcycle accident attorneys at the Dolman Law Group leave no stone unturned in their investigation into the cause of the accident.  Our lawyers are experienced motorcycle accident litigators and ensure that you are fully compensated for all of your losses.  We offer a free initial consultation and take the time to fully evaluate your case and understand your story.  To schedule your free consultation, call our office today at 727-451-6900 or contact us online.