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Motorcyclist files lawsuit over Harley brake problems

There may be many causes of accidents involving motorcycles, such as another reckless or inattentive driver. Defective equipment can also cause injuries.

Motorcyclists in Indiana may be interested in a personal lawsuit filed in Texas against Harley-Davidson concerning defective brakes. It followed, by a few days, the manufacturer's announced recall of motorcycles for brake problems.

According to the plaintiff's attorney, the victim was riding home on his motorcycle in Austin in December 2016 when he applied the brakes on his Harley Night Rod cycle. However, he lost control and crashed into trees near the road. He had to undergo 11 operations and suffered immeasurable pain, according to the lawsuit.

He also claimed that Harley learned six months before the accident that this braking system was having failures at unusually high rates but did not inform its customers about this problem. Instead, it tried to avoid a recall, blamed the problem on its customers and delayed providing important safety information to its customers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating these braking problems in July 2016 after receiving 43 complaints. These included reports of three accidents and two injuries.

The problem was caused by a part in the braking system that can corrode and fail without providing warning to riders. Deposits can form on brake system components if brake fluid is not replaced for long periods beyond the two-year maintenance schedule, according to the plaintiff's attorney.

In February, Harley announced a voluntary recall of over 251,000 motorcycles worldwide with almost 175,000 of these cycles in the United States. It attributed the recall to problems with anti-lock brakes on its motorcycles.

An attorney can help victims of motorcycle accidents caused by defective equipment or another driver's negligence. Victims may gather evidence for a lawsuit with the assistance of a qualified lawyer and seek compensation for serious injuries and other losses.

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Injured rider files lawsuit against Harley following recall related to brake problems," John Schmid, Feb. 13, 2018

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