Electric bikes, also called motorized bikes, mopeds, or e-bikes, are becoming very common in the state of Massachusetts. But as they grow in popularity, so does the rate of electric bike accidents. And quite often, when an electric motorcycle rider is knocked by a motor vehicle, serious injuries are inflicted.
There’s considerable confusion surrounding e-bike laws in Massachusetts. At Tetzel Law Office, we have in-depth knowledge of these laws and are ready to assist you if you or your family member has been injured in an e-bike accident.
Massachusetts E-Bike Laws
In Massachusetts, mopeds and electric bikes fall under the same category. For a motorcycle to qualify as a moped, it needs to meet these requirements:
- It must include an automatic transmission
- It must be used at 25 miles per hour or below (and it mustn’t be able to go over 30 miles per hour on level ground)
- It must include a motor that’s not larger than 50 CC
- It must adhere to all applicable standards of motor vehicle safety
To ride an electric bike in Massachusetts, you must be at least 16 and have a valid driver’s license. You must also put on an approved e-bike safety helmet.
Electric bikes must be registered via the RMV and renewed every 24 months, for a $30 fee.
Who Can Be At Fault After an Electric Bike Accident?
When an e-bike accident occurs, you can sue various parties to recover damages for your injuries. Potentially at fault parties in a personal injury e-bike lawsuit include:
- Vehicle operators
- Other electric bike operators
But if your accident occurred due to a fault with the electronic bicycle itself, you can also file a product liability suit against the manufacturer with at least one of these claims:
Defective design: this is an inherent design flaw in the bike.
Defective manufacturing: while the e-bike has a safe design, something happened during production that made the e-bike unsafe.
Warning or labeling error: the bike’s manufacturer failed to sufficiently warn consumers about the dangers of riding the e-bike.
Filing an E-bike Accident Claim
To file an e-bike accident lawsuit, you first need to contact a personal injury lawyer who’ll listen to your version of events and then help you collect evidence to determine whether you’ve got a strong claim. If you do, our lawyers will file a claim that describes your injuries and, if a lawsuit if filed, ask the court to award you compensation for your damages, such as:
- Emotional and physical pain and suffering
- Lost wages while you were recovering
- Refund for medical treatment
- Projected future medical costs
- Reduced earning capacity due to the long-term impact of your injuries
- Loss of companionship
After filing the claim, the defendant has a chance to challenge it, and unless there’s a settlement in which the defendant agrees to pay a certain sum of money to you, the case will proceed to discovery.
If your case reaches trial after summary judgment motions or motions to dismiss, a jury will listen to both sides and give a ruling. If you’re awarded damages by the court, our personal injury lawyer will help you recover them.
Always Seek Legal Representation
Don’t hesitate to protect your rights! If you or your family member has been involved in an e-bike accident and suffered serious injuries, take action immediately. Contact one of Tetzel Law’s experienced personal injury lawyers at (617) 933-3858 today. We’ll review your case and tell if you got legs!