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Be aware of recalls that may affect your motorcycle safety

Being a motorcyclist is a singular feeling. On a motorcycle, it is freeing and immediate, as you cruise across roadways in a personal relationship with the road and the vehicle that other forms of transportation struggle to match. At the same time, every motorcyclist has in the back of his or her mind, "What if something goes wrong? What if a car doesn't see me? What if there's a patch of gravel in a turn?" These fears are reasonable, because when motorcycling goes wrong, it often goes horrifically wrong.

As any long-time rider will tell you, staying safe on the road really begins before you even get out on the road, with proper care and maintenance for the bike itself. And, just like any automobile, even a well-maintained motorcycle may have a defective component from the get-go, and may be subject to a recall. It is important to either personally have a familiarity with your bike, or have a mechanic who does, so that you can spot a potentially defective part before it has an opportunity to create disaster.

If your motorcycle is subject to a recall, you are entitled to have the defective components replaced or otherwise remedied at no cost. This is even true for owners who do not receive a proper notification. Due to this legal obligation on the part of motorcycle manufacturers (and all other motor vehicle manufacturers), it is wise to regularly check with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to see if your particular make and model has had a recall issued.

You can find this information by either calling the NHTSA's toll-free Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or on their website at www.nhtsa.dot.gov.

Even the most cautious and meticulous riders are still in danger of being injured while riding. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, the assistance of an experienced attorney is always able to help you seek justice while protecting your rights.

Source: FindLaw, "Motorcycle Defects and Recalls," accessed Oct. 13, 2016

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