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Syracuse Motorcycle Defect Trial Begins For Permanently Disabled Amputee

A product liability trial arising out of an alleged custom motorcycle defect begins today in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. The plaintiff’s claims against the defendant, a California-based company with a worldwide distribution network, include defective design, defective manufacturing, inadequate warnings, breach of warranty and negligence. The Honorable David E. Peebles, United States Magistrate Court Judge, will preside over the trial, which is expected to last two weeks.

The plaintiff in the lawsuit captioned Marcus J. (Marc) Mathews v. Big Bear American Made Choppers, Inc. (Case No.: 5:04-cv-1206), is a forty year old resident of Solvay, New York. He is represented by Anthony S. Bottar and Michael A. Bottar, of the Syracuse, New York law firm of Bottar Law, PLLC.

According to the complaint, on June 13, 2004, the plaintiff was riding his three month old Venom ProStreet motorcycle in Alton, New Hampshire when the front fender assembly failed causing the nearly 10 pound fender to come into contact with and lock the front tire of the motorcycle. The plaintiff then lost control of the motorcycle, crashed into another motorcycle, and was thrown into a ravine where he sustained severe arm and leg injuries. After more than two years of surgeries, the plaintiff’s right leg was amputated above the knee.

According to court records, the Alton Police Department, with assistance from New Hampshire State Troopers, conducted an investigation after the accident which revealed that two of the four ¼”-20 screws intended to hold the motorcycle’s front fender to the bike had fallen out prior to the accident. Eye witness accounts, a tire imprint on the underside of the front fender, and a distinct skid signature left on the roadway led the police to conclude that a defect in the motorcycle caused the accident.

After three years of discovery, the plaintiff’s attorneys claim that Big Bear American Made Choppers had actual or constructive notice, more than one year prior to the plaintiff’s accident, that the method it selected to attach the Venom’s front fender to its lower legs was inadequate.

The trial lawyers at Bottar Law, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict all types of accident and product liability cases, including injuries due to unsafe consumer goods, including cars and motorcycles. If you or a loved one have been injured because a product failed or did not function as intended, you and/or your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.

To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York defective product attorney, contact Bottar Law, PLLC now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at

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