Electric Bicycles Crashes - Injury Law, Fisher Stark

Why E-bike Accidents are Different

By Perry Fisher, Esq.

Electric bicycles (e-bikes) and traditional pedal bicycles share similarities in terms of their basic structure and functionality, but there are key differences that can influence the risk of injuries associated with each. It’s important to note that the overall safety of cycling, whether on an e-bike or a pedal bicycle, depends on various factors including rider behavior, local regulations, and environmental conditions.

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If you have been injured in an e-bike crash in Western North Carolina, you might want to reach out to the experienced attorneys here at Fisher Stark P. A. in Asheville, North Carolina.  Our attorneys take the time to understand the mechanics and nature of crash causes including the different types of crash scenarios and injuries unique to e-bicycles.

E-bikes vs Bicycles

Here are some factors that differentiate e-bikes from regular “pedal” bicycles in terms of potential injury risks:

Speed and Acceleration:
o E-bikes are equipped with electric motors that assist in pedaling, allowing riders to achieve higher speeds more easily. This increased speed can contribute to more severe injuries in the event of a crash.

o The ability of e-bikes to accelerate quickly may catch riders off guard, leading to loss of control, especially for those who are not accustomed to the power assistance.
o E-bikes are generally heavier than traditional bicycles due to the additional weight of the electric motor and battery. The increased weight can affect stability, especially during turns or sudden maneuvers.
o The additional weight of an e-bike also increases the mass of the e-bike compared to a much lighter pedal bicycle.  The additional mass increases the likelihood of injury – imagine the difference in being hit by a linebacker versus a mosquito.
Power Assistance:
o The power assistance provided by e-bikes can lead to a false sense of security for riders, potentially encouraging riskier behavior or reduced attention to the road and surroundings.
Braking Systems:
o E-bikes often have more advanced braking systems to accommodate the higher speeds and increased weight. However, riders may need time to adjust to the differences in braking performance compared to traditional bicycles.
Infrastructure and Regulation:
o In some regions, e-bikes may not be subject to the same regulations as traditional bicycles. This can lead to a mix of different types of cyclists sharing the same infrastructure, potentially causing conflicts, and increasing the risk of accidents.
Experience and Skill Level:
o Riders of e-bikes may have varying levels of experience with motorized vehicles. Inexperienced riders may struggle with handling the additional power and speed, leading to a higher risk of accidents.
o E-bikes require regular maintenance, including the electric components, to ensure proper functioning. Neglecting maintenance can increase the risk of technical failures that may lead to accidents.
As more e-bikes hit the roads and trails, we are going to see an increase in e-bike injuries.  It is understandable that e-bikes can cause more and greater injuries.
It is essential for e-bike riders to be aware of the specific characteristics of e-bikes, undergo proper training, and adhere to local regulations. We all want safer interactions on the road.

Perry Fisher – E-bike Accident Lawyer for WNC

Asheville E-bike & Cycling Accident Lawyer

The personal injury attorneys at Fisher Stark are familiar with the unique complications of e-bike crashes and injuries.
We are ready to help you navigate your bike accident claim.
Don’t let an e-bike accident put your life on hold. Contact the legal team at Fisher Stark P.A. for a free consultation to get help with your legal options and start focusing on your future. Reach us via our contact page or by calling us directly at 828-505-4300.