Electric bikes are a fun, convenient, eco-friendly way to get around. While they have many benefits, like everything else, they have some drawbacks too. Accidents can occur, and they can be quite serious. If you have been in an accident while operating an electric bike, you may be wondering what sort of damages you might be entitled to.
Listed below are some of the damages you may pursue if you have been harmed in an e-bike accident.
Medical expenses are the most common damages received after electric bike accidents. You may be eligible for compensation for the following:
When you are injured, there is inevitably going to be missed work. Especially if there is a hospital stay, time off of work to heal, or to visit doctors, it is difficult to attend work regularly. If you have missed work, you will likely have also lost wages.
One of the damages that you may be entitled to is your lost wages. Speak to your personal injury attorney for advice on this matter.
Pain and suffering fall under the umbrella of non-economic damages. After an electric bike crash, you may experience physical pain and emotional anguish. You may be entitled to recover financial compensation because of the difficulties you sustained.
Electric bikes are not inexpensive. If you have purchased one, you know this. If you have had an accident on one, you also know that their repairs are not inexpensive either.
The damage to your e-bike is considered property damage sustained in the accident. You may be entitled to recover the cost of repairing or replacing your bike. If another property was damaged in the accident, like your telephone, for instance, it is important to note it when filing your insurance claim.
At times, the court will award punitive damages to those involved in personal injury accidents. If you were on your e-bike and had an accident that was caused by someone who was behaving particularly recklessly, the judge may decide to award punitive damages. This works as a punishment for the reckless individual and a deterrent so they will not do anything similar at another time.
You may be wondering if it is worth it to hire an attorney if you have been injured in an electric bicycle accident. It is likely that the answer is yes. What you are able to recover will be based on the circumstances of the accident and who is determined to have been at fault. An attorney with Callahan & Blaine, who has experience dealing with electric bicycle accidents, can help you to navigate the complicated legal issues that you may face while pursuing compensation.
Reach out today for a free consultation. We will examine your case and determine what we can do to help you receive the maximum benefits possible following your e-bike accident. We are here to help.