Many bicycle riders take for granted that their bicycle will work properly. Unfortunately, it is common for bicycles to be defectively assembled or designed and for the rider to suffer because of it. A cracked frame or defective brake can force a rider to lose control and suffer a serious injury. If you regularly ride a bicycle in New Jersey, it may be in your best interest to stay abreast of recent recalls on defective bicycle parts to make sure that you are not in danger.
Just about any defective part on a bicycle can lead to an accident. A broken seat, cracked frame, or defective brakes can force a rider to lose control and be thrown onto the roadway. For example, in April of 2012, Trek recalled all of their 3700D and 3900D bicycles for defective forks that break and cause the rider to lose control. At the time of the report, 12 people suffered injuries including lacerations and chipped teeth as a result of these bike defects. On May 10, about 1,100 Salsa Minimalist bicycle racks were recalled for falling off while in use, which poses a falling hazard. On April 18, Specialized Bicycle Brake Levers were recalled for potential crash hazards as well.
An individual who has been injured in a New Jersey bicycle accident would be well advised to preserve the damaged bicycle, seek immediate medical attention, and hire a lawyer who can help determine liability for the crash. If a defective bicycle part contributed to the accident, then the at-fault manufacturer can be held liable for the losses suffered by the victim.
The experienced New Jersey defective bicycle accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to hold bicycle manufacturers accountable for their negligence. If you have been injured in a New Jersey bike crash caused by a defective part, please call our offices right away at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation.