Connecticut E-Bike Accident Attorneys
E-bikes and e-scooters have exploded in popularity in recent years and are now common in cities in the United States and throughout the world. However, with all the pros that come with these fun and convenient electric bikes, there are also cons, including safety risks and dangers.
Lime and Their E-Bikes
Lime, the largest electric bike and scooter rideshare rental company, has garnered the attention of the masses since its founding in January 2017. Lime advertised and promoted electric bikes for the first year before adding e-scooters to their fleet. Starting with the LimeBike, their original electric bike with up to eight speeds, they quickly upgraded to their Lime-E electric assist bikes with a “smart motor” that reacts to the amount of pedaling. It’s like a regular bike, but with a boost. Lime e-bikes are scattered throughout cities, and users can use the Lime app on their smartphones to see where the closest E-Bike is to them. Users may then scan the bike to begin paying for their trip and use it at their own free will as Lime does not currently have rules or regulations that they enforce.
Hiring an Injury Lawyer
When involved in an accident involving a Lime e-bike, whether or not you were the one using it, it is important to talk to a lawyer to see if you are eligible to file an injury claim and recover compensation for your losses. Because these cases can be very complicated, hiring a skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer will put you in a position to obtain the best results possible. Identifying the liable parties can be tricky and complex. A lawyer who has dealt with these cases will know where to begin and will have the resources necessary to build you the strongest case possible. They will know how to hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence, represent you in court, and fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.
It’s difficult and risky to take on an e-bike accident case on your own. Do not risk your well-being and future. When you hire an attorney, you are in the best hands possible. Contact the experienced e-bike accident attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers today by calling (203) 397-1283
to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
Common E-Bike Injuries and Their Causes
Riding a bicycle has enough dangers as it is. However, when you add a rental company and a motor to the mix, the stakes get higher. While Lime e-bikes can only reach a speed of around 15 mph, the motor gives it a boost beyond what you’d get from joyriding around town on a regular bicycle. Lime also does not provide a helmet with their bikes, leaving it up to the user to have one handy, which is not always the case. Some of the most common injuries caused by bike accidents include:
● Road rash
● Broken bones
● Facial and/or mild to serious head trauma, especially if riding without a helmet
● Permanent brain damage
● Death in serious cases
Chances of sustaining one or more of these injuries are heightened when on a motorized Lime bike. Because Lime scooters are so accessible, someone may decide to rent a bike for fun and ride it around the city after having a drink or two. Since Lime doesn’t have set safety rules and regulations, even with good intentions, an individual may not be abiding to the laws of the road, especially if they do not know what they are for their specific state.
You may not even be a user of Lime bikes and still be involved in an accident because of someone else on a bike was using it recklessly and endangering those around them. When it is bike versus pedestrian, the injuries that the pedestrian sustains will likely be more serious and, in some cases, even life-threatening.
Liability in These Cases
Since there are currently loose rules and guidelines put into place by Lime, they are often not getting followed. This makes it complicated to determine who is to blame in an e-bike accident. Sometimes, in the case of the rider colliding with and injuring a pedestrian, the liability would fall onto the rider themselves. If a pedestrian caused the accident, they might be liable, but some of the blame might still potentially fall onto you. If you are using a Lime e-bike and get hit by a motor vehicle, most – if not all – of the blame will likely fall on the driver, unless you were putting yourself into danger by not following your state’s traffic laws.
An attorney will be to identify liability by determining who was most at fault and the amount of negligence of each person involved in the accident will give you the liability in your case. Under comparative negligence, the plaintiff and defendant to compare their liability for the e-bike accident. This law allows for proportionate recovery if both the plaintiff and defendant were negligent and contributed to the cause of an injury. The injured person’s award for damages will thus be reduced in proportion to their fault.
Hiring Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to Represent You
Due to the complexity of determining liability and the need to know traffic and cycling laws in the state of Connecticut, it is extremely difficult to represent yourself without having a background in law. You deserve justice for the suffering – both physical and emotional – that you have gone through as a result of a Lime e-bike accident. We at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers know how difficult and frustrating these kinds of accidents can be and are prepared to work tirelessly for you and your case. Our attorneys, who have 100 years of combined experience, work hard to obtain the maximum compensation for every one of our clients. We have recovered upwards of $10,000,000 for clients, and we are ready to fight just as hard for you toward obtaining the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions
E-bike accidents can be complicated and confusing. Below we have answered a few common questions in an effort to make this difficult time a little easier for you.
What should I do when I am injured due to a Lime e-bike accident?
The first thing you should do is get in contact with a lawyer. The statute of limitations varies from state to state, but in the state of Connecticut it is two years from the date of the accident. A lawyer will help you with any questions you may have about your accident, and you can decide if you want to move forward with filing a claim.
If I was under the influence and was in a Lime E-Bike accident, does the liability fall on me?
While these incidents are a little trickier, there may be something we can do to gain some compensation for you and/or reduce the amount of compensation you may be ordered to pay. Get in contact with us to see if this applies to you and your situation.
How can I protect myself as a Lime bike user?
Be alert and conscientious when riding. Look up any cycling laws that are applicable in your city or state and also the road laws. To protect yourself, you must be completely aware of exactly how to use these electric-powered bikes in case you cause or are in an accident involving these bikes. This will safeguard you in the situation that comparative negligence is attempted to be placed onto you. You will then be able to obtain the maximum compensation possible or refrain from paying somebody else an amount you do not deserve to pay.
If you did not see the answer to any questions you may have, you may get in contact with us by starting a chat or by calling us at (203) 397-1283 for a free, no-obligation consultation today.
E-bike accidents are serious, and we understand the urgency of your situation. Do not hesitate to start a chat or fill out the online form on our website to get in contact with us today about your unique case. We know you want to obtain the justice that you deserve and the lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers are ready to help you do just that. Call (203) 397-1283 to get started now.