The popularity of e-bikes, e-scooters and hoverboards has been increasing over the past few years. This is causing an uptick in the number of deaths and injuries associated with these products. While many tout e-bikes as a safe alternative to other modes of transportation, the statistics show a different story.
In the span of three years, from 2017 through 2019, there were 41 deaths and 133,000 injuries associated with e-bikes, e-scooters, and hoverboards. Of those, 10 deaths were due to e-bikes, 27 were e-scooters, and four were hoverboards.
Why is safety such a big concern with e-bikes?
Because they are powered, at least in part, by a motor, these bikes go faster than pedaled bikes. People who ride these bikes might have a false sense of security since they’re “just bikes” and not motorcycles. Still, it’s a two-wheeled vehicle that can go speeds of 20 miles per hour or higher in some cases. Safety has to be a priority when a person is riding them.
Another safety issue that comes up is that motorists might not realize how fast an e-bike is approaching their vehicle. This could cause them to make unsafe driving decisions that might lead to a crash.
Many states, including California, have instituted laws regarding e-bikes to try to improve safety. These laws limit who can drive certain e-bikes and divide them into classes based on the bike’s specifications, including how fast they can go.
What can you do if you were injured in an e-bike accident?
Anyone who’s in a wreck while they’re riding an e-bike or anybody injured by an e-bike rider should ensure they get medical care for their injuries. Seeking compensation from the person who struck them is one option to cover your bills and other losses. Working with an experienced advocate can help you learn more.