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Not all motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers

When a person in Pennsylvania thinks of an accident involving a motorcycle, they may think that motorcycle unawareness on the part of another motorist is the sole reason for these accidents. While many motorcycle accidents are due to motorists not paying attention, just like automobiles, defective motorcycles see their fair share of accidents on the roadways.

Just like automobile recalls, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) can issue a recall of a defective motorcycle or the manufacturer of the motorcycle itself can voluntarily recall the defective vehicle.

In a motorcycle recall, a public report must be issued that describes the defect itself or the reason why the motorcycle is not in compliance with federal motor vehicle safety standards. The report must also include the number of vehicles being recalled, and the major events that led to such a decision. Finally, the report must describe how the motorcycle will be fixed and a schedule for doing so.

Manufacturers of motorcycles are obligated to try to provide motorcyclists with notice of the recall. But, even if a motorcyclist does not receive a notice that the motorcycle has been recalled, the manufacture of the motorcycle still has a duty to offer a free fix to the motorcyclist.

Sometimes, a motorcycle accident is caused not by another motorist, but because of a defect in the motorcycle itself. When this happens, accident victims may not only want to have their vehicle fixed at no cost, but also may wonder if they can seek compensation from the negligent party for their medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages related to the accident. In such situations, it can help to discuss the matter with an attorney, to determine if filing a lawsuit is a possibility.

Source: FindLaw.com, "Motorcycle Defects and Recalls," accessed on April 10, 2017

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