Defective Motorcycle Tire Lawsuit is Settled, Says Attorney Billy Edwards

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A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit in which a Texas couple claimed a defective Goodyear Dunlop D250 Radial tire caused them to crash and sustain serious injuries, said attorney Billy Edwards. He said terms of the settlement were confidential.

Motorcycle Attorney Billy Edwards

"Our experience shows that motorcycle dealers consistently fail to discuss maximum weight limits with buyers."

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit in which a Texas couple claimed a defective Goodyear Dunlop D250 Radial tire caused them to crash and sustain serious injuries, said their attorney, Billy Edwards, of the Edwards Law Firm. He said terms of the settlement were confidential.

Martin Stricker, of Brownwood, TX, was driving his 2003 Honda GL 1800A Gold Wing with this wife, Loretta, on the back, along US 67 south of Abilene, Texas on Aug. 8, 2008, when a rear tire “suddenly and without warning” deflated, according to the lawsuit. The motorcycle went sideways, flipped and ejected both passengers, causing them to crash, the suit said. A defect in the tire that deflated was to blame for the sudden deflation, the suit alleged.

Edwards said the suit was prepared to argue that the Stricker’s combined weight was not a factor in the tire failure.

“Our experience in defective tire cases is that tire manufacturers like to claim the operators were at fault for overloading their bikes. But our experience also shows that motorcycle dealers consistently fail to discuss maximum weight limits with buyers, even if it is obvious that the buyers, by their weight alone, may overload the bike,” Edwards said.

Edwards has repeatedly called on Harley Davidson and Good Year Dunlop to investigate reports of “sudden and catastrophic” deflations of motorcycle tires on large touring motorcycles. The website http://www.unsafemotorcycles.com, lists 23 reports of sudden tire deflations involving touring bikes, the latest in March, 2012.

The Stricker lawsuit was filed in October 2009, in District Court in Travis County, TX, cause number D-1-GN-09-003303.

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