A 40-year-old New York state resident whose right leg was amputated above the knee after he suffered injuries in a motorcycle crash is blaming Big Bear American Made Choppers and wants the company to pay up.
A product liability trial began yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York against Big Bear for defective design, defective manufacturing, inadequate warnings, breach of warranty, and negligence.
The complainant says he was riding a three-month-old Venom ProStreet chopper in New Hampshire in 2004 when the front fender came loose, wedged into the front wheel, and caused a collision with another motorcycle. The rider was thrown into a ravine and suffered serious leg and arm injuries. After two years of surgeries, the leg was amputated.
Court records say police found that two of four screws used for holding the fender in place had fallen out. The plaintiff’s lawyer says the company knew more than a year before the accident that its method of holding the nearly nine-pound fender in place was no good.