Your motorcycle’s tires are one of the most important pieces of equipment on your bike. A motorcycle on the road with defective tires is much more likely to be involved in an accident. If you or someone you love have been injured in a motorcycle collision, it may have been the result of defective tires. Here’s what you need to know about defective tires, and what to do if you’ve been involved in a motorcycle crash.
How to Tell If Your Accident May Have Been Caused By a Defective Tire
Knowing the cause of a motorcycle accident right away can be difficult, simply because the accident requires a full investigation in order to determine all factors that contributed to the crash. However, a tire defect is much more likely to be at fault if the following occurred before the collision:
- You had just gotten new tires put on your motorcycle when the crash occurred
- You heard odd noises coming from your tires before the accident
- Your motorcycle wobbled or you lost control of the front wheel right before the crash
- Your motorcycle was loaded heavily, such as for a long trip or if you had a passenger riding with you
- There was no other obvious cause for the accident, such as alcohol use, poor weather conditions, or negligence of other drivers on the road
How Tires Become Defective
Most tire defects occur during the manufacturing process. However, old tires, or tires that have been left out in the heat or cold while waiting to be purchased, can also become defective. Examples of motorcycle tire defects can include but are not limited to:
- Separation of the tread from the body of the tire
- Old adhesive used when manufacturing new tires
- Improper temperatures used when manufacturing tires
- Defective rims that cut the tires and cause blowouts
- Bead failure
- Failure of the sidewall zipper
Depending on how the tire became defective, either the designer, manufacturer, or seller of the tires may be held legally responsible for the accident. For example, if the seller of the tires sold old tires as new, they may be named in a product liability suit. In another example, the manufacturer would be held liable in a case where they knew a tire was defective but failed to recall it.
Contact Rossman Law Today
Dealing with the fallout after a motorcycle accident is challenging enough, even before you pursue a personal injury or product liability claim. If you or a family member have been the victim of a motorcycle accident, it’s critical that you speak with an Idaho motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. At Rossman Law, we can investigate the accident to determine if tire defects may have caused or contributed to the accident, and we can help you pursue maximum compensation. Call us today for a consultation to discuss your case at (208) 331-2030.