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Compensation for Cyclist Knocked off Electric Bike

Bartletts Solicitors recently represented a cyclist who was injured while riding his electric bike in Liverpool city centre. Mr G was riding in a safe manner down a small street, when a car accelerated past him and clipped him with its wing mirror, knocking him off his bike and throwing him onto the pavement. The driver immediately stopped, and seeing that Mr G was clearly badly injured, called an ambulance which took him to hospital.

Mr G’s arm was fractured in two places and he also sustained extensive bruising to his upper body. He was subsequently unable to work for 2 months, during which time he lost a significant amount of earnings, while his electric bike was also damaged beyond repair. During his recuperation, Mr G decided to take legal action against the driver, mainly due to the financial hit he had taken as a result of the accident.

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Our firm went on to represent Mr G in a no win no fee compensation claim against the driver in question. The driver acknowledged that he had become frustrated at being unable to pass Mr G and another cyclist in the narrow street, and had therefore accelerated past them in a risky fashion, although he believed there was just enough space to do so without hitting either of them. This was a clear case of the driver failing to pay due care and attention to road conditions and consequently causing an accident resulting in Mr G’s injuries.

Within a few months of starting the claim, the driver’s insurance company accepted liability for the accident, and we were able to agree a compensation settlement totalling £9,250 on Mr G’s behalf, which included £1,000 for a new electric bike, as well as a sum reflecting his loss of earnings due to time off work.

Lydia Windrow, a personal injury lawyer in our firm, has considerable experience of cyclist accident claims and recent experience of accidents involving electric bikes. She cycles into work herself and understands the frustration that often occurs between drivers and cyclists. Given our experience with these types of claims, we confidently represent injured cyclists nationwide.
E-bikes are rapidly gaining in popularity worldwide, with sales in the US increasing by 116% between February 2019 and the same month a year later, before more than doubling again by February 2021 (despite the impact of the Covid pandemic). Whether used for fun, getting around towns and cities, commuting or tourism, there is no doubt that e-bikes are here to stay, despite the unaddressed safety concerns.

One of the many current controversies surrounding the use of e-bikes is the fact that although in the UK and EU the power delivery must be cut out at 15.5mph (25km/h), they can go faster unassisted, meaning the rider can travel a higher speed after reaching 250W of continuous power, essentially making a mockery of the speed limit. In fact, many e-bikes and e-scooters can reach 40mph (65km/h) - faster than other vehicles are allowed to travel in residential areas.

The danger posed to other road users, particularly pedestrians and normal cyclists, is obvious. Given the relative novelty of electric bikes, riders are usually inexperienced and often unaware of the rules governing their use on UK roads. Anyone aged over 14 years old can legally ride an e-bike as long as the power delivery doesn't exceed 250 watts, with no license or insurance required. There are also no regulations concerning protective clothing for riders, as long as their bike does not exceed this level of power.

A major problem right now is that many riders do not know what type of e-bike they are using, while others can quite easily modify their bike using a conversion kit to increase its speed. The classification system for e-bikes remains unclear, even to the police and other authorities tasked with enforcing the rules. The present system is confusing, open to abuse and presents a clear safety risk to the general public.

In June 2021, Gone Girl and Cocktail actress Lisa Banes was killed following a hit and run accident involving an e-scooter in New York. In 2020 meanwhile, the English television personality Simon Cowell broke his back after falling off an e-bike. These are just the high-profile cases which make the news.

It appears obvious that e-bikes and e-scooters currently pose a danger to both riders and those in their vicinity. It can only be hoped that the rules governing their use quickly catch up with the reality before more people are killed or seriously injured in e-bike and e-scooter accidents.

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Every year we help over a thousand injured people, many of whom are cyclists, make claims for compensation on a no win no fee basis.

Our service is designed to be easy to use: meetings by phone & email, local medical appointments, sign documents online, or visit our city centre offices.

Our solicitors are very experienced in cyclist injury claims having worked at the firm for an average of 18 years.

Customer service is very important to us. John Bartlett has been managing the firm for over 40 years and takes customer satisfaction very seriously.

How Can Bartletts Solicitors Help You?

A free no obligation quick case assessment, followed by a No Win No Fee claim.

We help you recover whatever you have lost financially whilst injured, including your bike.

Get back on your bike as quickly as possible with expert medical care. Rebuild your confidence as a cyclist.

We take all the stress out of the claim and ensure you recover everything you are entitled to.

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Our personal injury solicitors (Nicola Perry, Trevor Morris, Sian Taylor and Lydia Windrow) are real specialists each with years of experience.

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