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Motorcycle manufacturer sued after couple is seriously injured

A Texas couple is suing over claims that their motorcycle did not come with sufficient safety features. The pair filed a lawsuit June 16 in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas against Harley-Davidson Inc., citing product liability. In the complaint, the product manufacturer is also accused of failure to warn of a product defect and negligence.

According to the complaint, the husband was driving and his wife was a passenger on their 2012 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic on July 6 when a car cut in front of them on Texas Highway 271 in Mount Pleasant. This unexpected maneuver forced the driver of the motorcycle to engage the front and back brakes of the bike in an emergency stop.

The husband related that the wheels locked up, causing the bike to fishtail and pitch in the opposite direction, flinging both passengers some distance. The complaint states that the driver of the motorbike suffered skull fractures, broken bones and a severe brain injury while his wife suffered a skull fracture, brain injury, a spleen injury and a shattered elbow. The details of the complaint further revealed that the motorcycle did not come with an anti-lock braking system and that Harley-Davidson failed to offer that additional safety feature as an option when the couple purchased the motorcycle.

Products liability is often cited as the causation of injuries in a traffic accident. If there is adequate evidence to prove that the manufacturer's product is the cause of the injuries a victim suffers, a fair settlement, with the support of an attorney, may be reached to compensate the victim.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Harley-Davidson sued after couple seriously injured in accident", Annie Cosby, June 25, 2014

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