Harley Davidson Motor Company and Others Sued in Fatal Motorcycle Accident
Harley Davidson Motor Company and others are at the center of a lawsuit over a fatal motorcycle accident last year.
The Motor Company, Stans Harley-Davidson in Batavia and Robert Bosch recently came under fire in a lawsuit brought by a Batavia man over a fatal motorcycle accident last year. According to the lawsuit, Harold Morris went on a motorcycle tour with his partner Pamela SinClair from Caledonia eleven months ago. They were riding a Harley-Davidson trike motorcycle in 2019 when it allegedly failed to “leave the road, hit a bank and overturn, killing SinClair”.
Commenting on the incident, Morris said, “Being a loss is my greatest thought. I want to make sure no one else goes through it.” He added, “I was in the hospital for four weeks outside of Erie, PA. I don’t remember anything. Absolutely no memory of the accident. “About SinClair, Morris said,” She was a very generous, caring woman who really loved family, loved traveling with me and just enjoying life. “
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According to Paul Edelstein, Morris’s attorney, the motorcycle trike was purchased from Stan’s in Batavia in December 2018. Two months later, it malfunctioned and caused the first of two accidents. Fortunately, neither Morris nor SinClair were injured in this incident. In 2019, the suit claims Harley Harley issued a safety recall regarding the trike’s traction control software, manufactured by Robert Bosch LLC, which could cause the rear brake to activate and result in an unexpected change of direction. Edelstein added:
“We have no answer from Harley-Davidson as to what happened in this case… We think we know the answer. We filed a complaint setting out the allegations, but we believe you know everything. We also believe that there are many people out there who may have more information. More than 12,000 of these trikes have been launched and we don’t know all of the others who may have had the same experience as Harold. “
Morris picked up his motorcycle shortly after the 2019 recall, asking to pay medical bills from the first accident. Gem said:
“Harley-Davidson’s attorneys said, ‘Not our problem, we don’t think it has anything to do with this recall. ‘And they gave him the trike back. Unfortunately, a few months later, exactly the same situation happened again. “
Unfortunately, the second accident was fatal and Morris, a 40-year driver, said he “hasn’t come back to one since the accident”. He added that he hopes his lawsuit will bring about change, saying:
“I hope that everyone involved will take responsibility and ensure that none of their other customers have the same problems and difficulties as I and SinCair.”
In response to the lawsuit, a Stans Harley attorney made the following statement:
“Stans Harley-Davidson has provided quality service to countless customers since it opened in 1958. Stan’s Harley-Davidson is behind the service they have offered Mr. Morris. We will not attempt this case in the media and feel that the plaintiff’s efforts to do so are doing his client, all parties and the jury community a disservice. “
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