5 Things to Know About E-Bike Injuries in Louisiana
Electric bikes, or e-bikes as they are usually known, have become extremely popular across the country, including among Shreveport residents and visitors. Like other states, Louisiana has laws concerning the operation of e-bikes, and people in the state have sustained serious injuries while riding e-bikes. Most injuries result from collisions with motor vehicles, but e-bike injuries can also occur in single-vehicle crashes involving only the e-bike and its rider. Depending upon the circumstances of your case, you could be eligible to seek financial compensation in the aftermath of an e-bike injury in Shreveport or elsewhere in Louisiana. What should you be keeping in mind if you want to consider a claim? The following are five things to know about e-bike injuries.
- Louisiana Has Rules for Each Class of E-Bike
Louisiana has three specific classifications for e-bikes based on the speed they can travel and other factors. When an e-bike rider fails to obey e-bike laws based on the class of their electric bike, their damages award in a lawsuit could be reduced or barred depending upon their own percentage of fault. Accordingly, make sure to know and follow e-bike rules before you set out.
- One or More Parties Could Be Liable for Your E-Bike Injuries
Multiple parties can be liable for e-bike injuries, such as:
- Negligent motorist;
- Negligent bicyclist;
- Negligent pedestrian;
- Property owner where the e-bike injury occurred; and/or
- Company responsible for making or selling the e-bike.
- E-Bike Injuries Have Been Increasing and Have Become Extremely Serious
E-bike injuries rates have risen significantly, according to an article in Fortune, and the article reports that medical doctors say we are “only seeing the tip of the iceberg” when it comes to reported injury rates. Common injuries include devastating brain injuries, broken bones, spinal injuries, and internal organ damage.
- You Will Likely Have One Year to File a Claim
Most Louisiana e-bike injury lawsuits will need to be filed within one year from the date of the injury.
- An Attorney Can Assist You With Your E-Bike Injury Case
You should know that an attorney can help you with your e-bike injury case, including determining whether one or more parties is liable for your injuries (and who that party is or those parties care), can obtain police reports and medical records on your behalf, can gather other critical evidence, and can work with you to determine the best course of action to obtain compensation.
Contact Our Shreveport Bike Injury Lawyers Today
Nobody rents or purchases an e-bike with the expectation of sustaining a serious injury, and rarely do we leave our homes for a walk or bicycle ride in anticipation of a severe collision. However, bicyclists and pedestrians are routinely injured in collisions involving motor vehicles, as well as in single-vehicle crashes when it comes to bicycles and e-bikes. As we have underscored, e-bikes are a particularly dangerous form of transportation, and it is critical to seek help from one of the experienced Shreveport bike injury attorneys at Rice & Kendig, LLC if you got hurt. Our firm is here to assist you, and we can provide you with more information about options for seeking compensation following an injury in Louisiana.