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Innovation and Hazards of Motorcycle Sidecars

By Edited Dec 10, 2015 0 0

When motorcycles and bicycles had become a part of daily transportation in the rural areas, the need for more loading space has eventually inspired motorists to attach an extra seat to the two-wheel vehicle.

A third wheel and an extra seat were fastened with the motorcycle or bicycle to accommodate more passengers. In markets, extra load of vegetables or livestock can fit onto the sidecar. Motorcyclists also seem to prefer the added stability that the third wheel brings.

The development of motor cycling has paved way for commercial industries to innovate designs for sidecars. Harley-Davidson began selling sidecars that appeal even to middle class and hobbyists.

However, this new vehicle poses brand new hazards on the road. The additional weight and size makes the sidecar difficult to stop. The rider has full responsibility in slowing the speed and making a full stop. Sidecar riders need to adjust to moving to central part of the road with cars and trucks.

Because not all sidecars come with closed door, roof, and safe seats; passengers are more prone to serious injuries.

The government has begun implementing safety regulations for sidecars along with quality standards for manufacturers.

Under these regulations, riders must wear helmet and seatbelts and install safety features on the sidecar. Manufacturers must ensure that the sidecar roof, third wheel, case, and design comply with quality and safety standards of the government.

Despite the new regulations, defective sidecar parts cause accidents on the road.

A collision with another vehicle can trigger the case to detach from the motorcycle and eject the passengers. The motorcycle rider, with a limited helmet and protective jacket to rely on, remains exposed to serious bodily injury.

If you are injured in a motorcycle sidecar accident, caused by a defective sidecar part; you can seek sources of recovery. One of these is a Product Liability claim. It allows you to receive compensation from the manufacturer of the motor sidecar.

You will have to write a formal complaint and state the details and cause of accident, leading to your injuries. Show proof of your allegation such as: photos from the accident scene, copy of police report, medical records, debris of defective sidecar part, and insurance documents.

You may have to establish any of the theories of liability:

  1. Design defect- It is the error during the planning stage such as hazardous design.

  2. Manufacturing defect- It is the error during the production stage such as poor quality and failure to abide with state safety standards.

  3. Marketing defect- Failure to inform users on the vehicle's intended use, safety maintenance, and potential or existing hazards.

Consult with a Product Liability Expert, Personal Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles today.

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