It is likely that when many people in New York hear about a fatal bicycle accident, they immediately think that a car or truck hit a bicyclist out for a ride. While this is also unacceptable, there are other ways in which cyclists can become injured or die, including riding a bicycle with a defective product.
Just like any vehicle, a bicycle can have defective and dangerous parts, opening up a rider to a host of injuries if something goes wrong. And just like any defective product, a product liability attorney can help file a lawsuit when someone is injured or dies because of a defective bicycle part.
Sadly, a 58-year-old father and grandfather was the victim of the most recent defective bicycle part -- the fork that holds his front wheel on his Cervelo Soloist. Cervelo says that the fork is actually made by another company, and that the fork does comply with U.S. and international safety requirements.
Investigators are continuing to look into the man's bicycle crash, but they have said that it appears the fork had some type of mechanical failure, becoming detached from the bicycle itself.
The father had been out on his bicycle and training for an upcoming 150-mile ride when it appears there was a sudden failure. A professional within the cycling world speculates that the man may have been traveling faster than 15 mph, something that is typical for those training for competition. It seems that he was thrown to the ground because he had sustained a serious head trauma, despite wearing a helmet.
As this family comes to grips with the loss of the 58-year-old, it may want to investigate holding the bicycle company liable for its faulty fork.
Source: Taunton Daily Gazette, "Cops: Bike defect likely caused fatal Rehoboth crash," Marc Larocque, April 11, 2012