A majority of New Jersey bicycle accidents result from driver error or dangerous roadways. However, there are some injury accidents that are the direct result of a defective bicycle part. All riders would be well advised to stay on top of recent recalls and to inspect their bicycles for potential mechanical issues before a long ride.
All New Jersey bicycle riders should take the time to visit the official website of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to check if a bicycle or bike part they are using has been recalled. The list of recalled bicycle parts is listed on the site. A simple search of the website shows a number of recalls that have been issued since March, including:
- Stile Products: About 175 bicycles have been recalled because the frame of the Eclipse S11i and Verge S11i can crack at the hinge, resulting in a falling hazard.
- Salsa Cycles: About 1,700 Salsa Vaya and La Cruz bike forks have been recalled because they can bend above the disc brake mount cause riders to fall.
- 3T Design: More than 600 Cervelo bicycles with Auro Pro Handlebars have been recalled because the handlebar clamps can detach and result in a loss of control.
- Magura USA: Approximately 2,800 bicycle hydraulic disc brakes were recalled for failing in low temperatures, posing a collision hazard.
If you have been injured as the result of a defective bicycle, it is important that you preserve the bike for a thorough inspection. It is also necessary to seek out immediate medical attention, take photos of the bike and your injuries, and collect information from anyone who may have witnessed the crash. It may be in your best interest to speak with an experienced New Jersey bicycle accident attorney as well before discussing your case with a bike manufacturer or insurance provider.
The manufacturers of defective products can be held liable for the damages they cause. Unfortunately, companies often fight these types of claims aggressively to protect their image, reputation, and bottom line. Therefore, it is necessary to fight back with the help of a skilled bicycle accident lawyer.
The knowledgeable New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long and successful track record of helping bicycle accident victims and their families. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.