Under the products liability laws of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, importers, distributors and retailers may all be held liable when a product, such as a bicycle, causes injury. This is in addition to the manufacturer. In many product liability cases, the lawsuit will, in fact, be filed against all of these types of parties.
In order to prevail in a defective products liability case in PA or NJ, you must be able to prove that the product defect existed when the product left the defendant(s) possession. So essentially, you must be able to prove that the product defect existed when it was manufactured or designed. Therefore a bicycle shop/retailer which sells the bike could be held liable.
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In the case of bicycle failure or a bicycle product defect, it is important to have the case reviewed by a lawyer familiar with the mechanics of bicycles and bicycle riding.
You can also contact our qualified Pennsylvania and New Jersey products liability and dangerous products lawyers for more information. Firm partner, Dan O'Brien, is a triathlete who has completed multiple racing competitions, including Ironman. To have your case reviewed by Dan, call 877.944.8396.