As many of you know, motorcycle use is on the rise in the U.S. In the last decade, motorcycle ridership has increased over 50%. No longer are motorcyclists limited to the “easy rider” stereotype known for decades. Women are becoming more interested in motorcycles; in fact almost 10% of all motorcycle owners are women.
Harley-Davidson has developed a strong following among baby boomers and retirees. As a result, the number of fatalities and serious injuries involving motorcycle riders has increased steadily. More motorcyclists were killed last year than any year since the NHTSA began collecting fatal crash data in 1975.
Many of the injuries and deaths are caused by either defective motorcycles and or unsafe components. Some of the defects commonly found with motorcycles include:
- Defective tires
- Swing arms
- Kick stands
- Wheel spokes
- Crash bars
- Break systems
If you or someone you know has been involved in a motorcycle accident, call our Ohio motorcycle accident attorneys at 800.637.8170 for a free case evaluation or to request your free copy of The Ohio Motorcycle Accident Book.