Less than a decade ago, New York City pedestrians were mostly worried about dangerous car, truck and taxi drivers hitting them as they crossed busy streets and intersections. Today, nearly all New Yorkers are more fearful of being seriously injured (or even killed) by careless electric scooter owners and electric bike riders.
While electric bike and scooter riders are allowed to travel in regular bicycle lanes at up to 30 MPH, that added congestion raises accident risks for everyone.
Here’s additional information that can help you or a loved one know what to expect after you’ve been injured in an accident due to a Manhattan electric scooter or e-bike rider. Our law firm is ready to help you fight for the maximum compensation available after you’ve been seriously injured (or after the wrongful death of a close family member). We believe all these tragic accidents are preventable and are eager to advocate for your rights.
As your lawyers, we’re prepared to handle all these important matters – along with trying to negotiate a settlement with the insurance companies — while you concentrate on obtaining all of the medical care you need to heal.
While most of us know that electric bikes are simply regular bicycles with an alternate motorized capacity, many people do not understand what constitutes an e-scooter. In general, an electric scooter (e-scooter) looks like the scooters many of us used while growing up. It features two wheels, handlebars that help you steer, and a floorboard you can stand on.
What’s somewhat unique about an e-scooter is that it has a battery-powered motor that is mounted near one of the wheels. Although you don’t currently have to be licensed to drive an e-scooter in New York City, you must be at least 16 years old to ride on one. Also, while everyone should always wear a helmet when riding an e-bike or e-scooter, the law only requires this of 16- and 17-year-old riders.
If you have ever filed a personal injury claim in the past, you may already know that insurance adjustors always try to blame most (or all) the fault for any accident on the victim. While this is often sad and dishonorable, it can help you to understand how your case will may move forward, as these types of arguments are alleged against you. We’re prepared to use all the available evidence to refute each of these claims on your behalf.
Normally, we can successfully counter all these arguments on your behalf. Yet it’s important to know that should a court later assign partial fault for the accident to you, it’s still often possible to recover a sizeable amount of compensation.
As is true regarding the aftermath of most personal injuries, you need to obtain the best medical care and treatment you can as soon as possible. If your injuries are not life-threatening, you might want to quickly handle the following tasks, before seeking medical care.
While there may be other potential types of losses entitling you to additional compensation, the main categories are listed above.
If you have suffered serious injuries after an e-bike accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you need to contact our New York City e-scooter law firm. We will carefully investigate all the facts of your case, review all your medical records, and then fight hard to win the maximum compensation available to you. We want every client to fully recover for all lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other losses.
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