A Los Angeles Man recently sued motorcycle brake manufacturer after suffering serious personal injuries in a highway motorcycle crash. The motorcyclist alleges that the accident was caused by a defective motorcycle brake lever which he purchased from a Los Angeles motorcycle parts store called Cycle Trends.
The same day, the motorcyclist installed the Bikemaster-brand brake lever on his 1998 Yamaha motorcycle model YZF- R. He then took his motorcycle on Highway 5 in Los Angeles but was seriously injured when the front brake disc locked up and he was thrown from the motorcycle at a high rate of speed. The motorcyclist suffered severe injuries to his back, spine, arms, knees and feet, among other things.
The severe personal injuries that the motorcyclist suffered in his crash have greatly impacted his earning capacity, according to the lawsuit. The motorcyclist seeks damages for lost future wages in addition to medical expenses and other damages.
Pleadings in this case indicate that the motorcyclist is pursuing a products liability claim against the motorcycle brake manufacturer Bikemaster under theories of design and manufacturing defect. In California, products liability claims can also be pursued under a "failure to warn" theory, which alleges that a manufacturer failed to disclose known hazards associated with a product to a consumer.
Source: Jonathan Lopez, v. Tucker Rocky Distributing, Superior Court of California, 2012 WL 1647346