Electric Bike Accidents
It’s no secret that Los Angeles streets are notoriously dangerous for anyone who comes in contact with them — regardless of the transportation mode. However, riding an electric bike still manages to raise the danger factor and the need for safety precautions to be taken.
Electric bikes have become very popular throughout California, especially in tourist and beach areas. With nice weather year-round and an increase in people looking for alternative transportation modes, we are starting to see an uptick in electric bike accidents that are leaving some riders with severe injuries.
Electric bikes, or e-bikes, are developing faster than public agencies can make rules to regulate them, with estimated U.S. sales of $144 million in 2018. Consulting firm Deloitte predicts 130 million e-bikes will be sold worldwide between 2020 and 2023. They are designed to be as safe as traditional bicycles, do not compromise consumer safety, and benefit bicyclists who may be discouraged from riding a traditional bicycle due to limited physical fitness, age, disability or convenience.
An e-bike has many of the same components as a regular bicycle, and they’re regulated like bicycles. The same rules of the road apply to both e-bikes and human-powered bicycles. But as the name suggests, electrical bikes have a motor, battery, and a controller, which allows riders to reach higher speeds with less exertion than a normal bike. However, higher speeds also mean higher risk for accidents and injuries. And because the exposure is similar to bikes and e-scooters, the rider is less protected and the outcome could be fatal if it collides with a car, a truck, or a bus.
If you have suffered injuries or property loss after an electrical bike accident because of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensatory damages for:
Furthermore, if it can be proven that the other party deliberately tried to cause you harm, you may also be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and are intended to punish a wrongdoer for his or her deliberate acts of malice.
An electric bike injury victim shouldn’t have to deal with medical bills, police reports, and insurance companies on their own, since it can be a very stressful and frustrating ordeal. That’s why the expert legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers is here to help.