YUMA, Arizona. According to the Detroit Free Press
, Harley-Davidson recently recalled 175,000 motorcycles because the bikes’ brakes could fail.
The models affected,by the recall encompass bikes dating between 2008 and 2011. 30 models are
affected. A valve in the bike’s antilock brake control unit can stick if
individuals don’t change their bike’s brake fluid every two years as specified
in the owner’s manual.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were three crashes
and two injuries that resulted from the defect. There is concern that if owners
don’t provide their bikes with regular maintenance, that more accidents can
occur. Harley-Davidson has set up a VIN lookup on its
site that allows owners to check to see if their vehicle is affected by the
recall. Individuals can also go to safecar.gov to look up recalls on their
Motorcycle braking is essential to rider safety. Being able to stop as needed and being
able to slow down is quintessential to rider safety. Motorcycle riders don’t
have the protective chassis of a car. If the motorcycle fails to stop or if
another driver collides with a motorcyclist because of a rider’s brake
malfunction, the rider can suffer serious injuries.
Even without the recall, motorcycle riders should always regularly maintain their
motorcycle’s brakes and follow all instructions provided in their owner’s
manual. Brake failure is serious failure and it can cost you your life or lead
to serious injury. Additionally, riders should take the time to brush up on
their riding skills. Braking on a motorcycle is an art. Brake too suddenly, and
you can go flying forward. Unlike a car, where your seat belt might be enough
to prevent you from flying through your windshield, braking suddenly on a
motorcycle can have some serious consequences.
Riders should give ample space to cars in front of them and scan the road for hazards.
Bikers cannot stop as quickly as cars, and the consequences of a sudden stop
are far more serious.
If you are not sure about the performance of your brakes, take the time to check for
recalls, and if no recalls are posted, consider taking in your bike for
Finally, drivers also have a responsibility to share the road. A driver’s mistake can
lead to serious consequences and injuries for a motorcyclist. If you or a loved
one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident either due to a bike defect or due
to the negligent actions of another driver on the road, you and your family may
have important rights under the law. You may be entitled to seek damages for
your pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. Consider speaking Schneider
& Onofry, the qualified personal injury lawyers in Yuma, Arizona. Our firm can review the facts of
your case and help you seek the damages you may deserve. You may only have a
limited amount of time to make a claim under Arizona law. Visit us at https://www.soarizonalaw.com/
today to learn more and to protect