What is an X-Treme Electric Bike? X-Treme are bikes are capable of traveling as fast as 45 mph. Imagine all the speed of a car with ever fewer safety features than a motorcycle. These bikes are X-Treme indeed, and anyone injured should contact a bike accident lawyer for assistance right away.
ELECTRIC BIKE ACCIDENTS
If you are in an accident while riding your X-Treme Electric Bike, it is important to know your rights. Electric Bike accidents are different than car accidents, and you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. An experienced car accident lawyer can help you navigate the legal process and get the compensation you deserve.
There are several reasons why hiring a lawyer is a good idea after an electric bike accident. First, lawyers have experience dealing with insurance companies. Insurance companies are businesses, and their priority is to make money. They will do everything they can to minimize the amount of money they have to pay out in claims. An experienced car accident lawyer will know how to deal with the insurance companies and get you the maximum compensation possible.
Second, lawyers can help you get compensated for all of your injuries, not just your medical bills. If you miss work because of your injuries, a car accident lawyer can help you get compensated for lost wages. You may also be entitled to pain and suffering damages. A car accident lawyer will know how to value your claim and get you the compensation you deserve.
Third, lawyers can take care of the paperwork and legal process for you. Dealing with a car accident can be overwhelming, and the last thing you want to do is deal with the paperwork and legal process. A car accident lawyer will handle all of that for you so you can focus on your recovery.
If you are involved in an electric bike accident, don’t try to go it alone. Hire a bike accident lawyer for legal counsel right away.
THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD BOY DIES IN E-BIKE CRASH IN HAWAII
In March 2022, a 13-year-old boy traveling westbound on Waipahu Street in Honolulu died when he crashed into the back of an SUV. The boy was not wearing a helmet when his scooter bounced off the SUV’s bumper and veered into on-coming traffic on the other side of the road. There he was struck by a Toyota truck. No one had been speeding or drinking. The roads were clear and dry. The teenager died after he arrived at the local hospital in critical condition.
Why was someone under 16 driving a bike in traffic alone? Because it’s not against the law. The laws have not caught up with the recent surge in e-bike use. Clearly, this boy should have had an adult with him. He should have been wearing a helmet. He should not have been in the same lane of traffic with an SUV. How many more children will we lose before the needed X-Treme Bike safety laws are drafted?
While there is no known research data on the X-Treme brand of electric bike in particular, here is some general information on e-bikes:
- Injuries from the use of e-bikes jumped 70% in the last four years. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, that spike turned into around 200,000 more E.R. visits than in previous years.
- People riding e-bikes are more likely to be hospitalized with internal injuries than other comparable riders (e-scooters, pedal bikes, pedestrians).
- Those injured by electric bikes tend to be older than those injured by electric scooters. E-bikers averaged 31.9 years, while e-scooter riders averaged 29.4 years and pedal bikes averaged 25.2 years.
- Battery-powered transportation accounted for more than 190,000 emergency room visits and over 70 deaths between 2017-2020.
- E-bikers are also 3x more likely to hit a pedestrian than comparable riders. Many cities no longer allow e-bikes to use sidewalks for this reason.
- Men and boys are more likely to be injured on electric devices than girls and women. Males made up over 80% of those injured on e-bikes. They accounted for 60% of those injured on e-scooters and 72.4% of those injured on pedal bicycles.
- Injuries involving electric bikes and scooters have grown and grown, causing 34,000 hospital visits in 2017 and 57,800 in 2018.
- Seventeen percent of e-bike accident victims had internal injuries, whereas only 7.5% of those injured on e-scooters or pedal bikes did.
- The biggest demographic of people injured in e-bike accidents were 18-64 years old. Ten to 14-year-olds were the main group injured by electric scooters.
- Of more than 245 million injuries reported in a 4-year study period, 3,075 of the incidents involved e-bike injuries. That is 0.13 per 10,000. Moreover, almost 10 million pedal bicycle injuries resulted in 385 per 10,000 of all E.R. visits.
CONTACT A HOUSTON E-XTREME BIKE ACCIDENT LAWYER FOR HELP!
If you’ve been injured in an electric bike accident with an X-Treme bike or any other type of e-bike or e-scooter, don’t hesitate to contact the Holladay Law Firm and talk to one of our Houston e-bike accident attorneys today!