Dunlop Motorcycle Tire Defect Faulted In Motorcycle Club Member Death

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The widow of Stephen Gageby, long-time local motorcycle club member and safety advocate, has filed a lawsuit alleging a defective Dunlop motorcycle tire led to her husband's death and her serious injuries in a motorcycle crash in 2007, near Butte, MT, said the motorcycle accident attorney who filed the suit.

Were it not for a defectively manufactured Dunlop motorcycle tire, Stephen Gageby might be alive today, promoting safe and responsible motorcycle riding. But even the safest drivers cannot guard against corporate negligence

The widow of Stephen Gageby, long-time local motorcycle club member and safety advocate, has filed a lawsuit alleging a defective Dunlop motorcycle tire led to her husband's death and her serious injuries in a motorcycle crash in 2007, near Butte, MT, said the motor accident attorney who filed the suit.

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"Were it not for a defectively manufactured Dunlop motorcycle tire, Stephen Gageby might be alive today, promoting safe and responsible motorcycle riding. But even the safest drivers cannot guard against corporate negligence," said motorcycle accident attorney Billy Edwards, who filed the suit on behalf of Karla Gageby.

Both Stephen, 52, and Karla, 47, were riding their 2003 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic to a son's birthday party May 8, 2007, when witnesses said the rear tire suddenly deflated. Gageby, who was driving, lost control of the vehicle, which crashed, ejecting him and Karla some 140 feet. Stephen suffered massive, fatal head injuries. Karla sustained serious, permanent injuries.

Both were active members of the Butte Harley Davidson motorcycle club; Stephen was considered a mentor by many members, who looked up to him for his experience and safety advocacy, and Karla served as club secretary.

The tire in question is a Goodyear Dunlop D402. According to the suit, a defect in the bead seat area of the tire allowed excessive leakage of air leading to a "sudden and catastrophic deflation" of the Dunlop motorcycle tire.

If defendants argue that the bike was overloaded, plaintiffs will argue that the Gagebys also were not adequately warned about weight limits for the Harley Ultra, according to the suit.

The suit (Cause No. DV-08- 480) was filed Nov. 10, 2008, in the Second Judicial District Court, Butte Silver-Bow County. Defendants were served this month.

Motorcycle accident attorneys representing Karla Gageby and the Gageby estate in the suit alleging the defect in the Dunlop motorcycle tire are Michael McKeon, with the law firm of McKeon and Anderson, PC, Butte, Mt, and Billy Edwards, with the Edwards Firm, Corpus Christi, TX.

For more information, contact Teresa Kelly, 512-328-4276, for the Edwards Firm.

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