Negligent Repair of Motorcycles

A motorcycle crash can be caused by many things, and one of those things is the negligent repair of the motorcycle.  For example, if a tire is replaced on the bike and is not properly secured to the bike, a wobbly tire or a tire that literally comes off the bike can contribute to cause an accident. If the brakes are worked on, the failure to make the brakes effective can be a contributing factor to a wreck if the brakes later fail.

There are countless other examples. What is important for you to know is, if you suspect a problem with the repair of your motorcycle contributed to a wreck, it is essential for you: (a) to keep all of the parts of the motorcycle; (b) do not attempt to do any testing of the parts on your own; and (c) hire one of our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers as soon as possible.

It is important to keep all of the parts of the motorcycle because it will be very difficult to prove the existence of a repair problem without having the motorcycle and its component parts. For example, if the front wheel fell off causing you to lose control, it is important to have both the front wheel and the front half of the bike – both may show signs of a wheel that was not properly secured. Do not repair the bike and do not let the bike be sold for salvage. Keep the bike and as many parts of it as you can find.

Second, do not attempt to conduct your own test of the component or components of the bike that you believe failed. The simple fact of testing may alter or destroy evidence, and doing so may impact your right to recover damages. Keep the evidence in the exact same condition as it was when you found it. Do not let it be exposed to rodents or other animals. Metal rusts, so even wet weather or just damp conditions can affect an engineer’s ability to inspect and test the bike later, which can negatively hurt your ability to prove there was a problem with the repair.

Third, one of our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers can guide you through this process.  We know who to hire to conduct an appropriate test and how the testing can be done to avoid any claims that the evidence has been unfairly altered.  We will interview witnesses and gather other critical evidence such as 911 tapes, the police report and photos, repair records and more.  We will also obtain your medical records and deal with the at-fault party's insurance company so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.

The lawyers at the Law Offices of John Day, P.C. have represented bikers and motorcycle passengers for more than 70 years. We understand how to investigate cases involving a potential claim for negligent motorcycle repair and how to avoid a claim by an insurance company that evidence has been altered or destroyed. We are available for a free, no-obligation consultation and, if we believe your case has merit, will accept representation on a no recovery, no fee basis.  Contact us online or call us anytime of day at 615-742-4880 or toll-free at 866-812-8787

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