While bicycling can be an extremely healthy and economical way to get around town, it also poses a significant risk of bodily injury to cyclists. A significant number of bicycle injuries each year are caused by defective bicycle or bicycle equipment. Bicycle accidents have the potential to leave victims with extremely serious injuries, some of which could result in long-term disability or other medical complications. Fortunately for victims, Florida tort law allows people injured by defective consumer products to recover for their losses by filing a products liability claim. These legal actions are often very complicated and highly contested, so it is important for victims to consult with an experienced Clearwater products liability attorney before deciding whether to pursue a claim.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced that bicycle manufacturers Scott and Trek are recalling bicycles built between 2011 and 2013 that are fitted with SR Suntour front forks. The risk associated with the product is that the front fork can break, potentially resulting in serious accidents. Consumers are advised to stop using the affected bicycles immediately, and to take them to an authorized dealer for free repairs or replacements, depending upon the model. The full details of the recall can be viewed at the CPSC’s website, available here.
Defective bicycles or bicycle equipment are capable of causing serious injuries. Some of the more common include:
When victims of bicycle accidents suffer serious injuries, they can incur significant medical bills and be unable to work for an extended period of time. As a result, obtaining financial compensation is essential for many victims in order to ensure their financial security.
People who are injured in bicycle accidents caused by defective bicycle manufacture or design may be entitled to significant compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at (727) 451-6900 or email us through our online contact form available here.