Embraced for their convenience, e-bikes and scooters have become a popular mode of transportation, leisure, and recreation in New Jersey. However, with the rise in usage, there has been a surge in accidents and injuries, too.
If you've suffered harm in an e-bike or scooter accident caused by someone else's negligence, you may be eligible for compensation in New Jersey. Serving clients for over 36 years, Lee Law Firm is a trusted and experienced partner in legal matters. Our dedicated team is here to guide and assist you through every step of the legal process.
E-Bikes and Scooters Laws in New Jersey
E-bikes and scooters have emerged as a notable trend in transportation, introducing the era of "e-bikes" or electric bicycles or scooters. While visually resembling traditional pedal bicycles, these bikes are equipped with discreet motors for speed. However, as e-bike operators still pedal, it can complicate differentiation for drivers and pedestrians.
The Garden State categorizes e-bikes as pedal bikes with a helper motor that generates less than 750W and reaches speeds up to 25mph on flat ground. E-bikes in NJ are permitted on both streets and sidewalks, emphasizing the importance of watching out for pedestrians. Heightened awareness of surroundings and accurate speed assessments become crucial for pedestrians and drivers to avoid potential mishaps resulting from misjudging the speed of e-bikes.
In automobile accidents, New Jersey law stipulates that the automobile insurance carrier typically covers medical bills related to the incident under Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits. Notably, Governor Murphy's 2019 modification to the law expanded the definition to include "low-speed e-bikes," encompassing e-bike operators in the category eligible for PIP benefits. While riders under 17 years of age are required to wear helmets, there is no license obligation Imposed on individuals operating e-scooters.
E-Scooter Injuries: Understanding the Potential Consequences
With minimal protective measures against impacts with cars or being thrown off the e-scooter during a collision, the consequences can be profound, resulting in injuries like:
Compensation for E-Bike/ Scooter Injuries
Compensation for e-scooter injuries includes recovery for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, quality of life impact, and emotional distress caused by injuries and treatment. Lee Law Firm is committed to helping you recover the compensation you deserve, recognizing that the accident was not your fault.
Common Causes of E-Scooter Crashes
Some of the common causes of e-bike/scooter accidents in New Jersey are:
Lee Law Firm's experienced team is equipped to handle cases involving these common causes, offering expert legal representation tailored to your situation.
Call 973-315-9080 for a free and no-obligation case consultation with our seasoned New Jersey e-bike attorney.