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New Jersey E-Bike Accident Lawyers

Electric Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Cherry Hill, NJ Committed to Representing Electric Bicycle Accident Victims in Camden County, Burlington County, Cumberland County, and Throughout South Jersey

E-bikes whiz down the street at faster speeds than traditional bikes, although not as fast as fully motorized bicycles. Malfunctions, losses of control, and unsafe driving on the part of the electric bike operator or other motorists could all contribute to crashes and, potentially, serious injuries. Injury claims involving electric bicycles are often complicated, raising questions about negligence and sources of insurance coverage. To have the best chance of successfully recovering the compensation you deserve, turn to the experienced New Jersey e-bike accident lawyers at DiTomaso Law. 

We’re ready to explore all of your legal options and tackle the challenges that commonly arise in electric bicycle injury claims. To get started with a free consultation, contact us today. 

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E-Bikes and Accidents in South Jersey 

Title 39:1-1 of New Jersey law characterizes a “low-speed electric bicycle,” as opposed to a motorized bicycle, as a transportation device that has: 

  • Two or three wheels
  • Fully operable pedals 
  • A 750-watt or lower electric motor 
  • A speed of less than 20 miles per hour 

The state recognizes two classes of e-bikes. A class 1 low-speed electric bicycle is a vehicle with a motor that operates only when the rider is pedaling, up to a maximum speed of 20 miles per hour. A class 2 low-speed electric bicycle can be propelled exclusively by the motor, with no pedaling needed, but it, too, does not continue to provide assistance beyond the speed of 20 miles per hour. 

Title 39:4-14.16 of New Jersey law generally permits riders to operate their low-speed electric bikes on roadways, highways, streets, and bicycle paths throughout the state. Although they shouldn’t be operated on the sidewalk, the law does allow e-bikes to be parked on sidewalks, so long as doing so does not impede normal pedestrian traffic. Under current law, low-speed e-bike riders in NJ aren’t required to register the vehicle with the state, carry insurance, or even have a driver’s license.

E-bike accidents are on the rise not only in New Jersey but nationwide, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported. As these vehicles have become more widespread on NJ roads, the number of accidents involving them has also increased. 

Types and Causes of Electric Bicycle Accidents 

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How e-bike accidents occur can vary widely, from striking vehicles or pedestrians to throwing operators to the ground. The causes of these dangerous incidents are just as varied. 

Classifications of E-Bike Accidents

The types of accidents our electric bicycle accident attorneys in Cherry Hill, NJ, most commonly encounter include: 

  • Motor vehicle collisions: Any collision that occurs between electric bicycles and cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, and other motor vehicles can cause both parties to sustain injuries. Both the operators of e-bikes and motorists in these larger vehicles can contribute to these collisions through reckless behavior, loss of vehicle control, or simply failing to notice or yield to the other party where appropriate. 
  • Pedestrian accidents: When an e-bike strikes a pedestrian, the impact can knock down the victim and cause significant injuries. 
  • Bicycle accidents: Riders of e-bikes share bike lanes with traditional bicycles, so collisions between these vehicles are, unfortunately, common occurrences. With the faster speeds facilitated by electric motors, the impact of an e-bike crash may be more forceful and lead to more serious injuries compared to a collision between two traditionally pedaled bikes. Both parties involved are vulnerable to suffering injuries. 
  • Single e-bike accidents: Single e-bike accidents include crashes into fixed objects, wipeouts on road hazards, and otherwise falling or being thrown from the bike. Despite no other vehicle involvement, single e-bike accidents may result from the negligence of another party, such as the product manufacturer, a company responsible for maintaining rented e-bikes, or the party responsible for maintaining a roadway or property in a safe condition.
  • E-bike battery fires: Battery fires have been reported both while e-bikes were in use and, more commonly, while they were charging. E-bike battery fires can spread to homes and other structures, causing house fires and injuring people as well as causing property damage. If defective design or manufacturing led to a battery fire, those injured may have grounds for a product liability claim. 

Our New Jersey e-bike accident lawyers are familiar with the unique requirements and challenges of each type of electric bicycle accident, so we’re ready to help you explore the next steps. 

Causes of E-Bike Accidents 

In many cases, electric bicycle accidents result at least in part from negligence of some kind. Who the negligent parties are and the ways in which they were negligent differ between the different types of accidents and each individual incident. 

Common causes of electric bicycle accidents in New Jersey include: 

  • Negligent design that leads to defective or dangerous operation 
  • Malfunctions that result from manufacturing defects 
  • Malfunctions due to improper maintenance 
  • Loss of control due to device malfunction 
  • Loss of control due to e-bike operator error 
  • Loss of control due to dangerous road or property conditions 
  • Collision with a motor vehicle, pedestrian, or bicycle due to negligence of the e-bike operator or the other party 

Identifying and documenting the cause of an e-bike accident is essential for receiving compensation for your injuries and other damages. 

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Compensation in E-Bike Injury Claims 

To recover financial compensation for an e-bike accident, you must establish certain elements, including: 

  • Negligence: The other party owed you a duty of care, and their failure to meet that responsibility led to your injuries.
  • Damages: The e-bike accident caused you damages in the form of physical injuries and other related harms and losses that warrant financial compensation. 

An additional complication in e-bike accident claims is establishing a source of insurance coverage from which you can seek financial compensation. 

Our electric bicycle accident attorneys in Cherry Hill, NJ, have extensive experience sorting out the intricacies of complex personal injury claims. We explore every avenue through which you could hold any negligent party accountable and identify any potential sources of coverage that could apply to your claim. Then, using the evidence we gather through our in-depth investigation of your accident, we begin building a strong case that establishes the defendant’s negligence and documenting all of your damages. 

What Can You Sue for in an E-Bike Injury Case? 

The damages for which you can seek compensation for an electric bicycle accident in NJ depend on the specifics of your case, including how the accident occurred, the insurance coverage that applies, and the severity of your injuries. Potential types of economic and non-economic damages you could sue for include: 

  • Medical expenses, such as rehabilitation costs and projected costs of future treatment
  • Lost wages and any decrease in future earning potential 
  • Pain and suffering 
  • Loss of quality of life 
  • Property damage 

Our New Jersey e-bike accident lawyers can assess your unique situation and ensure the calculation of your damages includes all of your harms and losses recognized under state law. 

Who Can You Sue for an Electric Bicycle Injury? 

The potential defendants in your e-bike accident claim may include any of the following: 

  • The e-bike rider
  • Another motorist 
  • The device designer, manufacturer, or distributor 
  • An e-bike rental company 
  • A company responsible for maintaining the rented e-bike in safe condition 
  • A property owner 
  • A government entity responsible for maintaining the road in safe condition 
  • A company or entity that created unsafe conditions on the road 

Liability in some e-bike accident cases is relatively straightforward, while in other cases, the cause of the accident is complicated and involves multiple defendants. Our electric bicycle accident attorneys in Cherry Hill, NJ, are equipped to handle even the most complicated claims. 

How DiTomaso Law Can Help 

At DiTomaso Law, our approach to complex e-bike accident claims revolves around simple, proven concepts: 

  • Thorough case evaluation 
  • Detailed investigation 
  • Exploration of all potential defendants, theories of liability, and insurance coverage 
  • Extensive documentation of clients’ injuries and damages 
  • Proactive filing of all claims paperwork and legal documents 
  • Committed legal representation throughout all proceedings and stages of litigation 
  • Skillful settlement negotiations 
  • Preparation for trial from the beginning, just in case

We handle every step of the legal process for our clients, freeing them to focus on recovery without distractions. Our dedication to getting clients maximum compensation for their damages offers you the best opportunity to take control of your life back. 

Why Choose DiTomaso Law?

You can count on our electric bicycle accident attorneys in Cherry Hill, NJ, to pursue fair compensation for your injuries. What sets our team apart from the rest? 

  • Experience: Our team has helped the injured in South Jersey and throughout the region for more than 25 years, with combined legal experience amounting to more than 80 years. We’ve encountered all manner of challenges and complications, and we have found solutions to successfully overcome these issues for our clients. 
  • Knowledge of all areas of personal injury: Take a look at our past results, and you’ll see that our success as personal injury attorneys isn’t limited to just one or two types of cases. We have achieved favorable outcomes in personal injury cases of all kinds, from motor vehicle accidents of every variety to defective product injuries, premises liability cases, assault injuries, construction site accidents, work injuries, and more. 
  • Trial certification: Is your injury attorney prepared to take your case all the way to trial if necessary? Our New Jersey e-bike accident lawyers are. Firm founder Richard DiTomaso, Esq. is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney as designated by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. We’re committed to fighting for your interests both in and out of the courtroom. 

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If you’re ready to take the next step, we’re ready to start investigating your case. Our team offers free consultations so you can find out whether you have a case and get your questions answered at no cost. 

For help from an electric bike injury attorney in Cherry Hill, NJ, contact DiTomaso Law online or call 856-414-0010 today.

Frequently Asked Questions About E-Bike Accident Claims in New Jersey

What should you do when there is a collision with an electric bike? 

Treat an electric bike collision similar to a motor vehicle accident, even if there is no car or truck involved in this particular incident. If the accident has caused any property damage or significant injury, call 911 for assistance. Reporting the accident in this way also serves as documentation of the crash. 
If possible, document the accident scene as thoroughly as you can before you leave. This may include taking photos of any visible hazards, the location where the crash occurred, the state of the e-bike and any other vehicles involved, and your injuries. You should also request the names, contact information, and written accounts of any witnesses. 
Don’t neglect your medical needs, even if you believe your injuries are minor. It can take time for the worrying symptoms of serious damage to become apparent, but even in the case of these latent injuries, it’s in your best interests to seek medical care sooner rather than later. 
Finally, contact an attorney with experience handling e-bike accident cases, even if you suspect that you don’t have a claim. A free consultation with DiTomaso Law can help you explore all of the possibilities. If it turns out that you don’t have a claim, you haven’t lost anything, and if you do have a potential claim, you’re now on the right track to recover the financial compensation you need. 

Who can file an e-bike accident injury claim? 

Depending on the specific circumstances of the electric bicycle accident, you may be able to file an injury claim if you were: 
A rider or operator of an e-bike
A pedestrian or cyclist hit by an e-bike
An occupant of any vehicle struck by an e-bike 
A victim injured by an e-bike battery fire 
A dependent family member of a victim fatally injured in an e-bike accident 
Your ability to pursue a claim depends on factors like the negligence of the defendant and, potentially, sources of insurance coverage. Consulting a lawyer is essential for moving forward with an e-bike claim.

What are the benefits of filing an electric bike accident claim?

Through an e-bike accident claim, you may be able to seek compensation for damages you sustained because of the accident, potentially including your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Having experienced New Jersey e-bike accident lawyers on your side means you gain all the benefits made possible through a claim without having to handle the hassles of a legal matter on your own. 

How long do you have to file a claim over e-bike accident injuries? 

You should always take quick action following an electric bike accident to protect your legal rights. While New Jersey law generally allows up to two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit against a negligent driver, e-bike operator, property owner, or product manufacturer, you may have considerably less time to take action against a defendant that is a government agency. Other exceptions to this deadline could also apply. Additionally, waiting too long can hinder an investigation, allowing evidence that could support your claim to become permanently lost.

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