MOTORCYLE DEFECTS


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Defective parts and safety components on motorcycles may lead to dangerous accidents, serious injuries and fatalities on America’s roadways. When manufacturers fail to produce safe vehicles for the road, due to design or manufacturing flaws, drivers and passengers are put at unnecessary risk.

Thousands of road accidents lead to far too many injuries and deaths each year in the United States. The primary cause of motorcycle accidents is driver negligence. But one overlooked contributing factor is defects within cars and motorcycles, including defective safety features, engines, braking systems, or tires.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati Catastrophic Injury lawyer and Ohio product liability attorney, experienced in filing product liability claims against negligent manufacturers.

After a serious motorcycle accident, victims should contact a legal professional to investigate the cause and Motorcycle Recalls.


Motorcycle Defects & Motorcycle Recalls


  • In 2015, Honda recalled over 22,000 Shadow cruisers due to an issue with the bank angle sensor. Honda said the issue can cause the transmission to lock, causing loss of control and increasing the chance for accidents and serious injuries.
  • BMW of North America recalled certain 2014-2016 F800 GT and 2015-2016 F800 motorcycles because the rear-side reflex reflectors on these vehicles were not properly visible in certain traffic conditions. The vehicles failed to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, reduced the visibility of the motorcycle and increased the risk for a crash.
  • BMW also recalled certain motorcycles because when equipped with the optional aluminum luggage cases, the rear reflex reflectors were partially blocked. If the rear reflex reflectors are obscured from view, it can greatly affect road visibility and increase the risk of a crash.
  • BMW recalled accessory turn signals manufactured for several models after they discovered these accessory turn signals may be insufficiently visible to other drivers, and failed to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. If other drivers cannot easily see the turn signals, there is an increased risk of a crash.

Michelin North America recalled some Pilot Power 3 replacement sport motorcycle tires, manufactured in the spring of 2016. These tires were missing the required maximum load and corresponding inflation pressure information on the sidewall. Improper use of the tire may result in tire failure and an accident.


Defective Motorcycles & Motorcycle Recall Lawsuits


Triumph Motorcycles, Inc. has issued several recalls, most notably for the Speed Triple ABA motorcycles manufactured between June 2012 and January 2013.

The primary issue  with the Triumph Speed Triple relates to a manufacturing problem with the use of an incorrect detent spring which may cause the transmission to switch out of gear. As a result,  the Triumph Speed may have an increased risk of loss of control and injury to the driver and other members of the traveling public.

For more information about motorcycle recalls, consumers can call the NHTSA hotline at 1-800-327-4236 to report a failure or a crash. Consumers may also contact The Lyon Firm for a free and confidential legal consultation to discuss their legal rights.

(Warning: If there has been an accident or malfunction, the vehicle must be maintained and stored for evidence in any future proceedings. Failure to do so may adversely impact any future claim.)


Other motorcycle defects and recalls in recent years involve standard bike features, including the following:

  • Tire failure and blowouts
  • Engine malfunction
  • Fuel system issues
  • Faulty wiring
  • Brake failure
  • Clutch failure
  • Wheel problems
  • Steering lockup or other steering problems
  • Defective turn signals and other lights
  • Unintended Acceleration

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries


Product liability lawsuits may be filed against motorcycle and component manufacturers for the following defects:

  • Design Defects—poorly designed equipment may have a high risk of failure, and the motorcycle manufacturer or the company that designed the defective component part can be held legally liable in a civil lawsuit.
  • Manufacturing Defects—poorly manufactured and low-quality parts; or improperly assembled equipment can lead to successful lawsuits against a manufacturer. If a defective motorcycle results in a personal injury, an accident victim can file a claim against the company. When a manufacturer fails to exercise reasonable care in the manufacture of a product, they can be held liable for a manufacturing defect. Regardless of the type of defect, manufacturers, distributors and retailers of the product can be found equally liable for a defective product.
  • Improperly Maintained Equipment—mechanics or motorcycle dealerships responsible for a vehicle’s maintenance may be held legally liable. Also, if the rider and owner are not the same individual, the owner of a motorcycle may be named in a motorcycle accident lawsuit.
  • Failure to Warn—any manufacturer that fails to properly warn the consumer of known dangers can be sued for gross negligence.

In a defective product claim, you can hold any party in the commercial stream of distribution responsible for the injuries sustained. Following an accident, contact an attorney to have a qualified expert look at the motorcycle. Always keep the motorcycle in the post-accident condition for evidence of possible motorcycle defects.

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Why are these cases important?

Serious injuries and accidents often result through no fault of the injured party, yet the injured victim suffers from life altering physical, mental and financial losses. Such economic and human losses can have devastating financial consequences on individuals and families if not properly compensated. Tort law allows those individuals to seek just legal recourse through personal injury lawsuits.

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Questions about Personal Injury Cases

What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Any kind of negligence by an individual or company that causes injury or harm can lead to filing a personal injury lawsuit. The amount a plaintiff is entitled to depends on several factors, particularly how egregious the act and how serious the injury.

Personal injury attorneys generally only will take cases on a confidential and contingency fee basis, which means your lawyer will only get paid if he or she is able to reach a settlement or positive verdict. The Lyon Firm will review your case for free and assess what compensation any plaintiff can expect through litigation.

Personal Injury cases can range from minor auto accidents to complex lawsuits filed against large corporations. The Lyon Firm has handled both with equal care. Severe injury requires legal action on occasion, no matter if the injury is the result of a vehicle accident, a dog bite, a boating accident, workplace injury, defective consumer products, medical malpractice, or toxic exposure.

What is the Process?

Pre-Suit Investigation and Negotiations: Personal injury lawsuits are unique and require a thorough investigation before a lawsuit is filed. An initial investigation involves gathering all relevant medical records, accident reports, and interviews with available witnesses.  Preservation letters are drafted to notify the defendant of the case. The duty to preserve electronic evidence is critical in most cases to prevent spoliation.

Filing a Lawsuit in Cincinnati: If pre-suit negotiations are unsuccessful, then a lawsuit must be filed to preserve the statute of limitations.  Filing a lawsuit early in the process is often necessary to begin gathering evidence while the witnesses memories are fresh and documents remain available.

Once suit is filed by your personal injury lawyer, the court will set a case management schedule and the parties will begin exchanging information in the formal process of discovery. Depositions will be taken to preserve testimony for trial and to understand what certain witnesses are likely to say at trial.

Proving Negligence, Causation and Damages: In addition to lay witness testimony and other documentary evidence, personal injury claims rely upon medical and scientific evidence to prove negligence, causation and damages. The chosen expert in a case must have a reliable and sound basis in science and in the facts of the case or his opinion may not be admissible under the rules of evidence.

In the areas of Toxic and Environmental Torts, the admission of expert testimony may be scrutinized harder than in other areas simply because the subject may not have been as widely tested and may rest on novel scientific theories.

Are there any limits to what I can recover?

Each state will vary. Under Ohio law, an injured party may recover damages related to medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, loss of enjoyment of life, past pain and suffering, future pain and suffering, and punitive damages. The numerical limits are as such:

  1. Non-Catastrophic Injury:   The non-economic award is limited to $250,000 per plaintiff, or three times the economic loss, up to $350,000 per plaintiff. A maximum of $500,000 for each “occurrence.”
  2. Catastrophic Injury: No limits.

The Lyon Firm may be able to file injury claims and recover rightful compensation for clients for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost earnings and long-term disability.

Why should I hire The Lyon Firm?

Our Firm will help you find the answers.  The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

Experience:  Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters.   Personal Injury lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury.  Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Resources/Dedication: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

Results:  Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure results in personal injury,  automotive product liability, medical Negligence, construction accidents, and auto dealership negligence casesThe cases have involved successfully litigating against some of  the largest companies in the world.

Our Victories

The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against negligent individuals or companies to obtain just compensation under the law. 

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WRONGFUL DEATH: DISTRACTED DRIVER

(Brown County, Kentucky):   The Lyon Firm was second chair a case involving a driver texting and driving when he crossed the median, killing a father of four. The case was resolved once discovery confirmed the cell phone records proved the texting-related incident. The settlement will pay for the surviving childrens’ education. The driver was likely facing additional criminal charges at the time of the settlement.

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MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

(Cincinnati, Ohio):  The Lyon Firm was lead counsel in a $495,000 settlement. This case involved a motorcycle operator who sustained fractures of the calcaneus, talus, medial cuneiform, tarsal bones, and tarsometatarsal when a car ignored its driving lane and crossed into his right-of-way. Settlement provided repayment of medical bills of $20,000 and funds for future education to re-enter the work force in a less physically-demanding job.

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