Electric Bicycle Accidents and Regulations

From navigating complex regulations to seeking justice and compensation, Dressie Law Firm is your go-to ally for electric bicycle accident claims.

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Global e-bike sales have soared in recent years. The electric bike market was valued at $37.4 billion in 2022 but is projected to hit 119 billion by 2030. Unfortunately, the growing popularity of e-bikes has coincided with increased bike accidents. 

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 53,000 people visited the ER for electric bike injuries between 2017 and 2021, including fractures, head trauma, and organ damage. In the same period, 58 people lost their lives in e-bike accidents involving other motor vehicles.

If you have been injured by another driver while riding your e-bike, you may be able to recover damages by filing a personal injury claim. A personal injury lawyer from Dressie Law Firm can help you seek justice and walk you through the process. We understand that e-bike regulations may be confusing. Rely on our experienced legal team to navigate this challenging time.

    Understanding Electric Bicycle Regulations in Georgia

    Georgia e-bike regulations can be found in PART 1A Electric Assisted Bicycles OCGA §40-60-300 through §40-60-303. These regulations are meant to clarify the rights and duties of e-bike riders.

    Essentially, e-bikes are treated the same as traditional bicycles in the eyes of the law, but exceptions apply. Here are the most important regulations to know:

    • Definition: Georgia defines electric bicycles as either bicycles or tricycles equipped with fully operable pedals, a seat for the rider, and an electric motor with a power of less than 750 watts. These bikes are further categorized into three classes based on their motor assistance and speed capabilities:

      • Class I: This is an electric bike with a motor that helps when you pedal. It stops assisting when the bike goes faster than 20 miles per hour.

      • Class II: This electric bike has a motor that can solely propel the bike, but it can’t go faster than 20 miles per hour on its own.

      • Class III: This electric bike also has a motor that helps when you pedal, stopping when the bike reaches 28 miles per hour.

    • License, insurance, and registration: Georgia law does not require licensing, insurance, or registration for electric bikes.

    • Motor power and throttle restrictions: The power output of an electric bike’s motor in Georgia cannot exceed 750 watts. 

    • Required equipment: Any electric-assisted bicycle must have the same equipment required for bicycles, and these devices should be capable of stopping the motor when the operator stops pedaling or applies the brakes. Moreover, any Class III electric-assisted bicycle in Georgia must be equipped with a speedometer capable of displaying the speed measured in miles per hour.

    • Age restrictions: Electric bike riders must be older than 15 to operate a Class 3 electric bike in Georgia.

    • Helmet requirement: Wearing a helmet is mandatory for Class 3 e-bike owners in Georgia.

    • Rules for riding on the road: Electric bikes are allowed on roads in Georgia, and riders should stay as far right as practical or use a finished shoulder. Additionally, electric bikes are permitted on all marked bike paths.

    • Local ordinances: Local ordinances in Georgia may impose specific restrictions on the usage of electric bikes on designated bike lanes.

    • Rules for riding on trails: Electric bikes capable of exceeding 20 mph are not allowed on bicycle trails in Georgia under state law.

    It’s crucial to note that violating these regulations doesn’t constitute the rider’s liability and doesn’t establish negligence. Therefore, e-bike users will not be held liable for traffic accidents solely for failing to follow these rules.

    Steps to Take Following an E-Bike Accident

    1. Seek Medical Attention: Visit a healthcare professional for a comprehensive examination, documenting medical records, bills, and treatment plans as essential evidence.
    2. Gather Information: With the assistance of your attorney, collect details about the accident, including names, contact information, insurance details, witness statements, and photographs.
    3. Consult a Bicycle Accident Attorney: Seek guidance from a bicycle accident attorney in Georgia immediately after the incident. They can provide crucial advice on preserving evidence, understanding your rights, and navigating the claims process.

    Are you or your loved ones facing the consequences of an e-bike accident? Dressie Law Firm can assist in legal proceedings during your personal injury claim. Schedule a free consultation today, or check out the FAQ on bicycle accidents to learn more.

    Determining Liability for Electric Bike Accidents

    One thing all parties involved in a traffic crash agree on is seeking to establish liability. That’s because the liable party pays for the damages suffered. Here are some of the parties that may be liable in e-bike accidents:

    • Electric bike manufacturers

    • Pedestrians

    • Motor vehicle drivers

    • Motorcyclists

    • Local government

    Liability often lies with the negligent party. Examples of negligence include violating traffic laws and DUI.

    Filing an E-Bike Accident Claim

    When injured due to someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation. File your claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company to recover damages. Here’s a breakdown of the process:

    1. Filing a Claim:

    Work with your attorney to contact the at-fault party’s insurance company, providing a thorough account of the accident, medical records, and other relevant evidence to initiate the claims process.

    2. Claim Evaluation:

    The insurance company will assess the provided information, investigate the accident, and determine liability. They may request additional documents or statements.

    3. Negotiation:

    Engage in negotiations with the insurance adjuster. Your attorney, if involved, will work to secure fair compensation for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

    4. Settlement or Legal Action:

    If a fair settlement is reached, the case is resolved without going to court. If negotiations stall or the offered amount is inadequate, your attorney may recommend pursuing legal action.

    5. Legal Proceedings (if necessary):

    If a satisfactory resolution is not achieved through negotiations, your attorney may file a lawsuit. The legal process involves discovery, hearings, and possibly a trial, where a judge or jury determines the outcome.

    E-Bike Safety Guidelines

    Essential Safety Measures

    There are many causes of bicycle accidents. However, doing the following will reduce accidents or minimize injuries:

    • Wear a helmet, knee pads, jackets, shin guards, and other recommended safety gear
    • Inspect the handlebars, brakes, lights, tires, throttle, cables, bell, and frame regularly
    • Make sure brakes, bells, and moving parts are working properly 
    • Don’t ride your e-bike under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
    • Read the manufacturer’s instructions before you use your bike

    Safety guidelines and traffic laws aim to prevent accidents or ensure you are not injured in bicycle accidents. Measures like wearing a properly fitted helmet can prevent head injuries. Knee pads, shin guards, and jackets can also reduce the likelihood of severe injuries.

    Preventing Accidents

    Electric bicycle accidents are a significant contributor to emergency room visits. Following traffic laws may help avoid common e-bike injuries and accidents. Here are some ways to prevent accidents:

    • Practice stopping at pedestrian crossings 
    • Pay attention to other road users.
    • Watch out for cracks, curbs, and uneven surfaces.
    • Avoid using your phone and other distractions.
    • Keep both hands on the handlebars at all times.
    • Avoid stunts or risky maneuvers while riding.

    Why Choose Dressie Law Firm

    Dressie Law Firm is home to experienced personal injury attorneys. Our team has had success in e-bike accident cases and obtained significant victories. We help clients file compensation claims for medical bills, lost wages, sustained injuries, property damages, and punitive damages.

    Our attorneys can focus on protecting your rights and helping you navigate the legal system. The firm will handle the claim as you focus on your recovery. We offer legal counsel, investigation, evidence collection, negotiation, litigation, and representation.

    Injured in an E-Bike Accident? Dressie Law Firm Is Here for You

    Riding electric bicycles and e-scooters is trendy, fun, convenient, and economical. However, it comes with safety concerns and various risks. If you learned this the hard way, Dressie Law Firm has got your back.

    Contact us today and schedule your free consultation.

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