There are a variety of e-bike accidents that can give rise to a personal injury claim or lawsuit. They might involve the carelessness and negligence of the driver of a motor vehicle, a pedestrian, another bicyclist, a governmental entity or even the manufacturer of an e-bike. The top speed allowed for any e-bike in California is 28 mph, but serious injuries and fatalities can result from e-bike accidents at substantially lower speeds.
Some Common E-Bike Injuries
Common injuries suffered in e-bike crashes are like those suffered in conventional bicycle accidents. They can include the following:
- Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.
- Facial and dental fractures and injuries.
- Extremity fractures.
- Rib fractures and organ damage.
- Injuries to the structure of the spine.
- Contusions and abrasions with accompanying infection.
- Wrongful death
For purposes of obtaining compensation for injuries or a death suffered in an e-bike crash that was caused by the negligence of somebody else, victims must look to the insurer of the person or entity that caused their accident. Motorists are likely covered by auto insurance, pedestrians might be covered by homeowners, condo or renters insurance, and governmental entities are likely self-insured.
Lawsuits Against E-Bike Manufacturers
Some e-bike accidents occur as a result of a dangerous defect in the bike. Here are a few examples of what might be determined to be dangerous defects:
- Weak frame welding.
- Weak seat stems.
- Inoperable brakes.
- Poorly secured handlebars.
- Battery explosions and fires.
Most claims or lawsuits involving dangerous defects on bicycles are brought pursuant to the law of product liability. Manufacturers are usually self-insured up to a certain amount. Allegations of dangerous defects will involve one of the following:
- Design Defects: These appear in the drawings and plans for a product before it’s ever manufactured. All products like it are dangerously defective.
- Manufacturing Defects: Most of the time, these products pass inspection when they shouldn’t have. Only a few of the products are dangerously defective.
- Marketing Defects: These involve issues like improper labeling, lack of warnings or insufficient instructions.
Contact a Bicycle Injury Lawyer
Los Angeles Bicycle Law represents bicyclists because we are bicyclists. We know first-hand how rewarding, yet dangerous, cycling can be in the Los Angeles area. Even though the law treats bicyclists with the responsibilities and rights of a motor vehicle, the road itself offers far fewer protections. That is why we actively fight to protect bicyclists in our community. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident in Los Angeles, contact Los Angeles Bicycle Law today.