Riverside Electric Bike Attorney
Electric bikes, also called eBikes, are bicycles with a motor that can aid in the bicycle’s operation. Electric bikes have become an increasingly popular mode of transportation across California in recent years, and they are becoming more and more common on roads in Riverside.
Because an eBike operates at a greater speed than a conventional bicycle, there is an increased risk of an electric bike operator’s injury when an accident occurs. Therefore, if you or someone you love has been involved in an electric bike accident in Riverside, you should contact an experienced eBike attorney. An electric bike accident lawyer can help you pursue damages or compensation owed to you as a result of the accident.
Common Electric Bike Injuries and Accidents
Because an electric bicycle can travel nearly double the average speed of a conventional bicycle and weigh twice as much, there is a higher risk of serious injury than accidents involving conventional bikes.
Some of the most common injuries that are associated with eBike accidents include:
- back and neck injuries
- knee and shoulder tears
- broken bones
- internal injuries
The most common accidents involving eBikes happen when motor vehicle drivers misgauge the eBike’s speed and collide with the electric bike.
The three most common scenarios in an eBike vs. motor vehicle accident include:
- The motor vehicle turns left into the path of an eBike.
- The motor vehicle turns right and hits the eBike, traveling on the right side.
- The motor vehicle pulls out into the path of the eBike
In a motor vehicle vs. eBike accident, the injured electric bicycle operator may have a claim against the motor vehicle driver for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering caused by the driver’s negligence.
A Riverside Electric Bike Attorney Can Help Those Involved in an eBike Accident
If you or a loved one were injured in an eBike accident, contact the Riverside electric bike accident attorneys at Samer Habbas and Associates. Whether you were injured in an accident while operating your electric bike or if you are the victim of an eBike fire caused by a product defect, one of our expert attorneys will help you figure out your next steps.
Call 888-848-5084 to discuss your case with a Riverside electric bike accident attorney, or fill out our free consultation form to get started today.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Class 1 Electric Bicycles: Class 1 eBikes are low-speed, pedal-assisted bicycles equipped with motors that assist only when the rider is pedaling. When the electric bike reaches a speed of 20 mph, the motor ceases to assist. In California, an individual may operate a Class 1 electric bicycle on any paved surface where a conventional bike is permitted.
- Class 2 Electric Bicycles: Class 2 eBikes are low-speed, pedal-assisted bicycles equipped with motors that exclusively propel the bicycle but do not assist when the electric bike has reached a speed of 20 mph. In California, an individual may operate a Class 2 electric bicycle on any paved surface where a conventional bike is permitted.
- Class 3 Electric Bicycles: Class 3 eBikes, known as speed pedal-assisted eBikes, are equipped with motors that assist only while the rider is pedaling. The motor on Class 3 electric bicycles ceases to assist once the bike has reached a speed of 28 mph. Anyone operating a Class 3 electric bicycle in California must be 16 years of age or older and must always wear a helmet while operating the bike. Class 3 electric bicycles are prohibited on Class I multi-use bike paths unless local law has specifically authorized their use.
- eBikes are easy to use
- eBikes can be used even if the battery dies
- some eBikes can go up to 70 miles on a single charge
- eBikes can assist when going up hills
- eBikes are clean and environmentally friendly
- eBikes are more expensive than conventional bikes
- eBikes are heavier than traditional bikes
- eBikes accidents have the potential to cause more significant injury to the operator
- eBikes are more sought after and, therefore, more likely to be stolen