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Electric bikes offer riders a faster way to commute, using minimal energy while the high price of gas. However, riding electric bicycles can be dangerous in certain situations, especially when you’re sharing the road with a negligent motorist. If you're injured in an electric bicycle accident that was caused by a negligent driver, a skilled bicycle accident lawyer can help you pursue compensation for your damages. In California, where specific rules govern electric bikes, it can be especially important to have legal representation to help you recover the compensation you’re owed.
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    What are Electric bikes?

    An electric bicycle, commonly known as an e-bike, combines traditional biking with the assistance of an electric motor and battery.
    They come in various styles, including:

    • Mountain bikes
    • Cargo bikes
    • Cruisers
    • Hybrids

    Each type of e-bike comes with different features and specifications. Some models offer pedal assist, which provides an extra boost to your pedaling power, while others may have a throttle that allows you to control the speed without pedaling.

     

    Are E-bikes Street Legal?

    California has specific rules regarding electric bicycles. According to state law, e-bikes are classified into three categories based on their top speed and motor power:

    Class1

    These e-bikes have a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, with a maximum speed of 20 mph

    Class 2

    These e-bikes have a throttle that can propel the bike without pedaling, with speeds up to 20 mph

    Class 3

    These e-bikes have a maximum speed of 28 mph, with the motor assistance only active when the rider is pedaling.

     

    What Should I Do If I’m in a Bike Accident?

    While electric bicycles offer many benefits, such as extended range, improved speed, no high gas prices, and ease of commuting, there are also inherent dangers for riders on the road. Because of the ebike’s increased speed and power, traffic accidents with motor vehicles can result in severe injuries. These collisions are commonly caused by distracted driving, failure to yield, or reckless behavior by motorists.

    Speaking with a bicycle accident lawyer as soon as possible after a collision can help you recover compensation if you were injured, missed time at work, and suffered other damages.

    A bicycle accident attorney will investigate the crash to gather evidence and prove liability. This may involve taking photos of the accident scene , bike damage, and personal injuries, reviewing accident reports, analyzing any available video footage, and working with accident reconstruction experts.

    By building a strong case, an e-bike lawyer can establish the driver’s negligence, helping you recover the compensation you deserve for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

     

    Contact Us Today!

    At MVP Accident Attorneys, our legal team understands the challenges electric bicycle accident victims face. We offer free consultations to discuss your case and go over your legal rights and options. Our bicycle accident lawyers can provide experienced legal advice based on the facts of your case and help you determine the best course of action, moving forward. If you decide to work with us, our legal team will begin investigating your bike accident immediately and handle every aspect of your case.

    Our goal is to make the entire legal process as low-stress as possible. Contact our office today to speak with an experienced bicycle accident lawyer and find out how we can help you obtain the fair settlement you deserve.

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    Brett S. Sachs graduated from Michigan State University College of Law with Cum Laude Honors. While attending Michigan State, Brett was awarded for his service in the Michigan State University College of Law Civil Rights Clinic, where he represented prisoners of the Michigan Department of Corrections from injustices brought upon them. Learn more.

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