Stuck Throttle Accidents
One of the many appeals of riding a motorcycle is the power a rider feels just by a flick of the wrist. Most motorcycle throttles are operated by twisting the grip of the throttle on the handlebar. This powerful motion gives riders direct control of their bike’s speed and power. On rare occasions, throttle controls, like all other mechanical objects, can break or malfunction. Throttles have the potential to stick in a particular position if they are improperly designed or manufactured. This can result in a dangerous accident or loss of control.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, and you believe that a mechanical defect contributed to the injury, you may be able to take legal action against the responsible party. For more information about who may be at fault in a motorcycle malfunction case, please contact the Wisconsin motorcycle malfunction lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874.
Using the Throttle Cutoff Switch
Motorcycles are typically equipped with an important safety feature that is not often found on automobiles. The cutoff switch, generally located with other controls on the handlebar, will shut down a bike’s motor without turning off all of the motorcycle’s powered features like lights and control panels. This feature can be especially crucial in the event of a stuck throttle. If a stuck throttle occurs, the following steps may be able to help you avoid an accident:
- Observe your surroundings and traffic to determine your best safety plan
- Use the cutoff switch to regain control of your speed
- Coast to a safe stop, moving off of the road if possible
- Carefully apply the brakes if coasting to a stop is not a safe option
- Safely pull off the roadway to assess the situation
A stuck throttle can be a frightening situation. In some cases, knowing exactly where your cutoff switch is located can help you safely handle the situation.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to a mechanical defect, you may be able to receive compensation for medical bills and other related expenses. Please contact the Wisconsin motorcycle malfunction lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874 for a free consultation.