Do you know that most bicycle accidents occur while riding alone?
When a bike malfunctions, the rider usually loses control, causing the person to fall and collide with a stationary object, car, or another cyclist. Florida ranks as having more cyclists than any other state. For this reason, bicycle accidents are also more prevalent in Florida.
Bicycle accidents may occur for various reasons including colliding with a motor vehicle, hazardous road conditions, and manufacturing defects. It has been reported that over 700 cyclists are killed yearly, and over 500,000 bicycle injuries are treated by hospitals every year.
More than 50% of all bicycle accident victims are children below the age of fifteen. It is vital that victims receive proper compensation for injuries when the accident was caused by a defective bicycle.
Bicycles with manufacturing defects can produce various consequences. Obviously, some are more serious than others. Bicycle accident injuries that are more serious in nature include brain injuries, amputation, fractures, and spinal cord injuries. When a bicycle defect causes serious injury it becomes essential for the victim to seek expert legal advice from a qualified Broward County Bicycle Accident Attorney.
Examples of Bicycle Defects
Defective bicycles cause bicycle accidents in Broward County. Bicycles may fail to operate based on either a design flaw or a manufacturing flaw. Below is a list of typical issues that arise due to defective design or manufacturing, including:
- Improper assembly
- Improper welding
- Inferior materials
- Frame stress fracture
- Defective gear shifts
- Defective pedals
- Defective brakes
- Defective parts (tire, frame, rim, handlebar, stem, and seat post)
Bike manufacturers often choose cheaper, defective materials in order to make money off consumers. And some are even notorious for cutting labor costs that result in careless mistakes.
First, seek medical attention even if you are uncertain how serious the injury really is. Secondly, don’t take the bike in for repair. If you get in a bicycle accident, it is important that you do not take your bike in for repair until you have determined if you have not sustained serious physical injury. Sometimes it takes a few days for the injury to set in. In this case, you should document any known part failure or manufacturing defect immediately and then consult a skilled bicycle accident attorney.
Finally, consider seeking expert legal advice. Some people who are injured from a bike accident caused by manufacturer defects don’t realize that compensation in these cases is a legal right. If you have sustained a bicycle accident injury in South Florida, you may be eligible for financial recovery from your devastating loss.
Broward County bicycle accidents require expert legal advice from an attorney that understands how to handle special circumstances related to your case.
Call today to talk to a skilled bicycle accident attorney who can assist you in filing a successful claim for manufacturer defects.
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