Harley Davidson Lawsuits: Who’s On Your Side?

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UPDATED: Jul 15, 2021

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Lawsuits against Harley Davidson Motor Company have been filed alleging that some of their motorcycles “wobble” due to a serious design defect. Since Harley has not admitted that a defect exists, legal experts predict that the company will aggressively defend these lawsuits. If that turns out to be the case, it’s important to have an experienced attorney on your side.

Why experience matters

Kevin Liebeck, a California attorney whose practice represents plaintiffs in personal injury, medical malpractice and products liability actions, knows all too well why experience matters. In a recent interview, he told us:

Any lawyer that’s experienced in products liability knows that some of these companies play extremely aggressive hardball and some of them are much more inclined to settle quickly and easily. Any manufacturer that has the capacity to hire a sophisticated law firm to defend them will – and believe you me, Harley does. So, if you deal with an attorney that doesn’t have experience in these matters, then Harley is not going to take you seriously. You need somebody who is going to get Harley’s attention.

This holds true for any defense attorney. The first thing they’re going to do is assess their opponent. It’s not just about case either; it’s about who’s bringing the case because if it’s somebody that they know can actually deliver the goods, they know that they’re going to have to deal with this situation. Whereas if it’s somebody that they don’t think can deliver the goods, they have the luxury of sitting back and waiting to see if they make a mistake. Frankly, your case is only as good as who’s going to prosecute it for you.

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Why costs don’t matter

While it’s true that your case is only as good as who’s going to prosecute it for you, the costs involved should not be a concern as attorneys in these cases are generally compensated a contingency fee agreement – meaning they don’t get paid unless and until you do. That’s how Liebeck’s firm operates. He says, “In most cases, there won’t be any up-front costs to the client, although it’s something that has to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. However, generally speaking, all of the up-front costs are advanced by our firm and come out of the ultimate settlement or verdict.”

If you’ve been injured on a Harley Davidson motorcycle, contact an motorcycle accident attorney whose practice focuses in this area of the law. The statute of limitations for filing a case will vary by state, so contacting an attorney as soon as possible is to your benefit. Consultations are free, without obligation and are strictly confidential.

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