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Incorporated as a city in 1870, Long Island City was originally the seat of government of the Town of Newtown, before becoming part of the City of Greater New York in 1898. In the early 21st century, Long Island City became known for its rapid and ongoing residential growth and gentrification, its waterfront parks, and its thriving arts community. The area has a high concentration of art galleries, art institutions, and studio space.

Being seriously injured in an e-bicycle accident can be a harrowing experience.

Electric Bike (E-bike) Accident Lawsuit Lawyer

An e-bike accident injury lawsuit in the state of New York is a claim for damages against a person or the company that is responsible for the injuries sustained by the operator of the e-bike.

These types of cases are usually filed against a motorist or pedestrian who caused the accident, but they are sometimes filed against the manufacturer of the electric bicycle based on the theory of product liability.

An injured e-biker in Long Island City may be eligible to recover financial compensation.

As City dwellers seek fun, and nascent ways to exercise their cardiovascular systems in the great outdoors, electric bikes (E-bikes) have emerged as a great mode of travel.

Practical and exciting, E-bikes have surged in popularity. And you might know from experience, e-bikes pose a significantly greater risk of injury than traditional pedal-bicycles.

Clearly, with the huge increase in the use of electric bikes, there are more accidents and related injuries.

If you are the victim in an e-bike accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and expenses, lost wages and earning capacity, pain and suffering, along with other damages.

Simply put, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation for an E-bike crash. Liable parties may have to pay for all your accident-related injuries and concomitant losses.

Our Long Island City e-bike injury lawyers will review more closely below.

Common Electric Bike Injuries

In most cases, electric bicycle accidents involve a collision with a vehicle, pedestrian, or even another bicycle.

Often, the injuries sustained are serious and could even kill the victim. Since e-bikes are heavier and faster than a traditional bicycle, the chances of injury in an accident are increased, including:

  • Traumatic brain injuries or TBI
  • spinal cord injury,
  • back injury,
  • neck injuries
  • scarring and disfigurement,
  • soft tissue injury,
  • broken bones,
  • concussion,
  • abrasions,
  • severe bruising,
  • need for amputations

Who Is Liable for Your E-Bike Accident?

E-bike operators often share close space with cars, 18-wheelers, motorized scooters, motorcyclists, pedestrians and traditional pedal-cyclists.

Data suggests a particularly high rate of accidents between pedestrians and E-bike users, but E-bike accidents happen under a wide variety of circumstances.

The specific details of your e-bike accident will always determine who is liable for damages.

The facts of each E-bike collision determine liability for the accident. Multiple parties may be liable for your E-bike accident, possibly including:

  • An E-bike manufacturer or seller,
  • A pedestrian,
  • The driver of a motor vehicle,
  • A motor vehicle manufacturer,
  • Another E-bike rider,
  • A motorcyclist,
  • A pet owner.

Defendant(s) named in your case may be liable based on their negligence.

The American Bar Association (ABA) explains that negligence occurs when someone acts unreasonably based on specific circumstances, causing harm to others as a consequence.

In the context of an E-bike accident, negligence may include:

  • Driving a motor vehicle too closely to the bicycle lane, or dooring,
  • Failing to recognize an E-bike rider's right of way,
  • Allowing pets to enter the bike lane,
  • Walking in or otherwise obstructing the bike lane.

E-bike manufacturers and sellers may be liable for any defect that caused your accident.

Under the legal principle of strict liability, a manufacturer, seller, or E-bike owner who rents you the bike may be financially responsible for any harm that their defective product causes.

If the accident happened due to a malfunction with the e-bike, you could pursue a claim against the manufacturer in a product liability lawsuit.

This type of claim involves a flaw or defect in the e-bikes design, defective manufacturing in the production process making it unsafe, or failure to provide proper labeling or warning to consumers about potential dangers of using the electric bicycle.

What Damages May Entitle You to Compensation?

Studies have found E-bike accidents can lead to spinal fractures, lower extremity fractures, facial injuries, neck injuries, and other significant ailments.

Injuries from an E-bike accident may entitle you to financial coverage for:

  • Lost income and productivity caused by your inability to work while injured,
  • Decreased earning power caused by long-term injury,
  • Pain and suffering, which may result from the accident itself or the effects of your injuries,
  • All medical expenses resulting from your E-bike accident,
  • The cost to repair or replace your E-bike or other personal property,
  • The loss of a loved one in an E-bike accident, which may cause funeral, expenses, lost financial support, and other significant damages.

Each E-bike accident produces unique damages. The financial cost of each E-bike accident, therefore, is unique to each victim.

How Do You Pursue Compensation After an E-Bike Accident?

To file a lawsuit for an electric bike accident in New York, you will first need to contact a personal injury attorney who will need to review all the details of the accident and the evidence to determine whether you have a valid case.

A lawyer can pursue compensation following an E-bike accident. Your attorney and their team will investigate your accident, determining who is liable for the collision.

Next, your law firm of choice will identify each of your losses, calculating the total financial cost of your accident.

Victims of E-bike accidents may generally file a lawsuit and a lawyer will also handle this process for you.

Those liable for your collision may agree to settle by providing the compensation that you deserve. If they do not, subsequent legal steps—possibly including a trial—may ensue.

Contact our personal injury attorneys to review all the details of your electric bike accident.

You may choose to hire a lawyer for your E-bike accident claim because:

  • NY law can be complex,
  • You want a lawyer with experience handling E-bike cases to represent you,
  • You are occupied with medical treatment and other responsibilities,
  • You simply do not want to deal with the legal process, whether due to potential stress or other deterrents.

The defendant in the case will have the chance to challenge the lawsuit unless a settlement is reached where they agree to pay you a specific amount of compensation.

Whatever your motivation for hiring a lawyer is, the decision to get legal help could prove beneficial in numerous ways.

If you or a family member has sustained an injury in an electric bile accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation.

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