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Motorcycle accidents, defects and recalls

Sometimes, Georgians who have purchased motorcycles will later learn that their bikes are the subject of a recall. Recalls are issued when there is a problem with safety, and so it is important for motorcycle owners to take their bikes into the shop for free repairs when they receive such a notice. In some cases, however, the owner may not receive a notice.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, mandates that motorcycle manufacturers, whether initiating a recall on their own or being ordered to do so by the agency, must file a public report. The report should contain information regarding the defect, which type of motorcycle make, model and year is affected, what led to the recall, how it can be fixed and a schedule for it. They are also required to notify owners of the recall and to provide the necessary repairs for free.

Even if an owner does not receive a notice, the manufacturer is still required to pay for any needed repairs to correct the defect. The NHTSA also publishes a list of recalls so people are able to check if their motorcycle has been recalled for any reason by checking their website.

In the event that people are seriously injured in motorcycle accidents caused by safety defects, they may be able to hold the company liable for the injuries they have received by filing a civil lawsuit. The company may then be required to pay damages to compensate the injured victim for all of their losses incurred as a result of the accident. Such losses might include things like property losses, medical expenses and ongoing treatment needs, losses in the quality of life, pain and suffering and lost current and future income. Those who have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a problem with their bikes may want to speak to a personal injury attorney.

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