E-Bike and E-Scooter Accident Lawyer
An attorney who fights for the injured in Northern New Jersey
Electric bikes (e-bikes) and electric scooters (e-scooters) can be seen on the streets of Millburn and other cities and towns throughout Essex and Union counties. But many drivers think of them as an annoyance and don’t act responsibly. The result is often a car accident that leaves people seriously injured.
Recovering financial compensation after an accident involving an e-bike or e-scooter can be complicated. E-bike and e-scooter accident attorney David Leigh of The Leigh Law Firm, P.C. puts himself in the shoes of victims. He saw how a family member was treated by insurance companies after an accident. And he is ready to fight to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Drivers need to share the road with e-bike and e-scooter riders
Operators of e-bikes and e-scooters have the right to use the roads of New Jersey, per a law that went into effect in 2019. This right also comes with responsibilities. For example, they must obey traffic signals and follow the direction of traffic.
Drivers of cars and other motor vehicles are required to recognize e-bikes and e-scooters as legitimate road users and drive safely and responsibly. They can pass e-bikes and e-scooters, but must follow New Jersey’s Safe Passing Law that went into effect early in 2022. That means they must approach with caution, change lanes when passing, or stay four feet away. If that’s not possible, they must reduce speed to 25 mph and stop if necessary.
But some drivers are aggressive and get annoyed by electric bikes and scooters. That’s if they even notice them at all. Types of accidents involving e-bikes and e-scooters include:
- Speeding crashes – A driver is not obeying the speed limit and can’t stop in time to avoid hitting an e-bike or e-scooter.
- Intersection accidents – A driver makes a left turn without checking for a bike or scooter coming from the other direction. Or the driver makes a right turn, failing to check for an approaching bike or scooter in the rear-view mirror.
- Distracted driving crashes – Drivers are texting, talking on the phone, or adjusting dashboard controls and take their eyes off the road.
- Dooring accidents – An e-bike or e-scooter passes a parked car, just as the driver or a passenger suddenly swings open the door.
Operators of e-bikes and e-scooters don’t have much protection out the road and can suffer serious injuries in a crash. These include broken bones, concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI), and injuries to the knee, shoulder, neck, or back.
You need full compensation for your accident injuries
Medical expenses can add up quickly following an e-bike or e-scooter accident injury. These include the costs of imaging tests, surgery, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy, home medical equipment, and follow-up doctor visits. You may be left wondering how you’ll pay those expenses. If a negligent driver caused the accident that left you hurt, you shouldn’t have to pay.
But recovering financial compensation can be a difficult process and there are many obstacles to overcome. Negligent drivers may completely deny doing anything wrong. Insurance companies may question the seriousness of your injuries or try to put some of the blame for the accident on you.
An experienced accident attorney can help
Attorney Leigh knows how insurance companies approach injury claims like this. He used to represent them. Now he puts his experience to work for you.
When you hire our firm, you can expect the hard work and hustle that’s needed to get results. We investigate your e-bike or e-scooter accident to get the facts. We gather evidence, review accident reports and other documentation, and interview witnesses. Attorney Leigh builds a strong case that insurance companies have to take seriously.
He also determines the total amount of damages you have suffered and demands compensation. Generally, you can seek damages for all current and future medical expenses related to your injuries, lost wages if you can’t work, and other damages such as pain and suffering. He’ll fight for full compensation in negotiations with the insurance company and, if necessary, at trial.
Schedule your free consultation with an e-bike and e-scooter accident lawyer
You may not be sure what your damages are or even if you have a case. Attorney Leigh can review the details of what happened, review your legal options, and answer any questions you have. It costs nothing to talk to us – we offer a free consultation.
But don’t delay. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for taking legal action after an accident is two years. Time is not on your side, however. As time goes by, evidence can get lost and witnesses can forget details. It’s important to get legal advice as soon as possible.
If you were hurt in an accident involving an electric bike or scooter, learn where you stand by talking to an experienced injury lawyer. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.