Understanding the Danger of a Defective Fork KnuckleFork knuckles can suddenly malfunction, leaving bicyclists in very difficult situations. Because fork knuckles keep the tire on the bicycle, a sudden malfunction will likely result in the bicyclist losing control of the bicycle, crashing, and falling – likely suffering a number of injuries. A malfunctioning fork knuckle could result in head injuries, brain injuries, spinal injuries, and a number of other injuries. In some cases, the harm suffered could be so severe that bicyclists could lose their lives. In the majority of cases in which bicyclists survive, the harm suffered is severe enough to be permanent and cause life-long difficulties.
How Electric Bicycles Increase the Risk of HarmThe harm suffered when normal bicycles malfunction due to issues with fork knuckles is extensive; however, harm is even more extensive when the fork knuckles malfunction on electric bicycles. Electric bicycles are designed for more power than the bicycles that we are used to. They are designed to reach speeds close to 30 mph. The average bicyclist rides a normal bicycle at up to 12 mph. This is a significant difference in speeds. What does this mean? An accident at 12 mph is likely to be less severe than an accident at almost 30 mph. Because electric bicycles can reach speeds of 30 mph, accidents caused by the failure of fork knuckles could truly be devastating. Losing control of the bicycle, crashing into something, and eventually falling is likely to result in critical injuries. The increase of the bicycle’s power when compared to normal bicycles is enough to make accidents even more dangerous.
Understanding Product LiabilityWho is at fault for the harm that you suffered after the fork knuckle on your bicycle suddenly stopped working appropriately? In general, issues with fork knuckles could be traced back to the manufacturer – specifically, back to a product defect. All companies have a specific duty of care towards their consumers. They have a duty to of care to ensure that all their products are completely safe for consumer use. They must identify and address all potential hazards in their products to ensure that their consumers are not unnecessarily put at risk. When they fail to perform their duty of care, they are breaching their duty of care to consumers – they are also creating a risk of harm. When the breach of duty (the failure to ensure that the product is free of hazards) directly result in harm (injuries caused by the accident resulting from the defective fork knuckle, for example), the company could face liability. If the hazard or defect was present in the product’s labeling, design, or manufacturing, the company will likely be liable for all the harm suffered. If you would like to learn more about liability in broken fork knuckle incidents, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance as soon as possible.
Could You Pursue a Claim?Do you have the right to pursue a claim if you suffered harm as a direct result of a defective fork knuckle? Your right to pursue a claim is based on negligence. If the harm that you suffered was caused by a defective product, you could pursue a claim because the company negligently allowed a defective product to be available to consumers. In other words, the harm that you suffered could have been completely avoided – had the company taken the appropriate care to ensure that the product was not defective in any way. If you believe that you have grounds to pursue a claim, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. It does not matter whether your fork knuckle malfunctioned on your normal bicycle or electric bicycle; you have the right to take legal action.
What Should You Do?If the harm that you suffered was a direct cause of a defective product, there are a number of things that you should do to ensure that you are eventually able to pursue your claim. Some of the things that you should do include the following:
- Seek medical attention
- Take photos of all visible injuries
- Take photos of the scene of the accident
- Take photos of the defective product (the broken fork knuckle should be clear)
- Contact the company to report the defective product and the harm that you suffered
- Do not allow agree to a refund
- Do not agree to a free replacement
- Do not agree to a free repair
- Do not tamper with the defective product in any way
- Keep all records associated with the harm that you suffered
- Keep all records associated with the purchase of the defective product
- Seek legal assistance to discuss your claim