Rise in E-bike usage leads to sharp increase in injuries

Rise in E-bike usage leads to sharp increase in injuries

June 28, 2024

The use of electronic bicycles has grown exponentially in recent years, fueled by partnership programs in many regions (including here in Buffalo) that stage bikes throughout the city for affordable, short-term rental. While it may be great for the environment and more affordable for the riders, this increase in usage has come with a downside.

A study published by the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) found a troubling trend when it comes to E-bike riders. First, the increased usage leads to more than 8,000 hospital visits for injuries related to an E-bike accident annually. Many of those injuries are linked to the second finding from the report: bike helmet usage has declined almost six percent annually for the last five years. This may be due to the impulse rental of E-bikes by consumers that do not have a helmet with them. Regardless of the cause, it is a trend that has led to an increase in the need for legal representation for those injured as the result of an E-bike accident.

At Gross Shuman P.C., our Personal Injury Group represents:

  • Riders who have been injured in an E-bike accident for reasons including:
    • Mechanical failure of the bike
    • Collision with a motor vehicle where the motor vehicle operator was negligent
    • Collision with a pedestrian where the pedestrian was negligent
    • Faulty pavement or other defects in the roadway
  • Motorists who have been struck by an E-bike rider
  • Pedestrians who have been struck by an E-bike rider

As with all personal injury matters, time is of the essence. If you are injured in an accident, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to make sure your rights are protected and important deadlines are not missed.

At Gross Shuman P.C., we have decades of experience representing individuals injured in all types of accidents. If you, or a loved one, are injured as the result of another party’s negligence, give us a call today. There is no cost to speak with us, and you do not pay any fees unless we secure a recovery for you.

Enjoy the summer, wear your helmets, and be safe. But if you do suffer an injury, give me a call.

Harry J. Forrest is an attorney with Gross Shuman PC. The focus of his practice is personal injury claims, including accidents involving motor vehicles, constructions sites, property hazards and defects, as well as long-term disability claims and appeals. He has successfully managed cases in both federal and state courts and has tried cases to verdict involving claims for personal injury, property damage, contract disputes and constitutional civil rights violations. You can contact him at 716-854-4300 ext. 225 or [email protected]