We regularly post information about recalled sports-related products on this site. Why do we do so? Because when a piece of sporting equipment fails, the result can be catastrophic injury. We want to spread the word to anyone who may be using a defective product.
Just do a Search on the word “recall” in the box to the right and you can read about cases of bicycles recalled because they pose an injury hazard.
Bicycle crashes can be quite serious. Imagine riding a bike at 20 m.p.h., and the frame of the bike collapses, the fork snaps, or the brakes fail to work, or the seat cracks (or bolts give out) and you are thrown from the bike, etc. A cyclist involved in an accident is likely to be more severely injured than the driver of a car involved in an accident at that same speed simply because cyclists are not as protected as motorists — they do not have seat belts, air bags, roll bars/roof pillars or the benefit of the structure of a car to protect them. The full impact of a crash is typically absorbed by the cyclist’s body itself.
The injuries, not surprisingly, can be severe — head trauma, broken bones, internal bleeding, even paralysis or death. Being injured while riding a bike that has a manufacturing defect is an example of being injured due to no fault of your own. In this situation, a law suit may be appropriate.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident involving a defective bicycle or other sports equipment and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).