If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be wondering who or what caused the accident, especially if you were at fault. You have the utmost confidence in your driving skills, but somehow as you were riding on your motorcycle, you simply could not slow down fast enough or avoid the stopped vehicle in front of you. Before you accept responsibility for the accident and face increase insurance premiums and other payouts, you may wish to consider the state of your motorcycle.
Defective motorcycles are a fairly common issue that consumers face, whether it is faulty tires, brake pads or any other of the many parts that make up a motorcycle. The good news is that there is a national administration that oversees such product defects, often issuing recalls of the defective vehicles before they cause too much damage. The bad news is that the NHTSA is not perfect, and sometimes defective vehicles slip through the cracks, or they are simply discovered too late.
You should always be aware of the safety recalls issued by the NHTSA, especially if you are buying a relatively new motorcycle. Even if your make and model of motorcycle has never been recalled that does not mean that it was not defective. Depending on the circumstances, you could be riding a defective motorcycle without even realizing it. That is why you should always consider the possibility, especially if you were at fault in an accident.
If you can prove that the motorcycle you were riding was defective, not only will you be able to avoid being held responsible for an accident yourself, but you could also recover compensation for your injuries at the expense of the manufacturer of the vehicle. This is true even for single-vehicle accidents. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Oklahoma, consider meeting with an attorney to help you investigate the possibility of a defective motorcycle and take the appropriate legal action.