Our E-bike lawsuit lawyers handle cases for victims of burns caused by electric bicycle fires. Thousands of fires and burn injuries have been reported in recent years. Lithium-ion batteries have been blamed for a large number of injuries.
Electric bicycle battery fire injuries include severe burns and even death. There are also a large number of property damage claims caused by electric bicycle fires.
If you or someone you care about suffered burn injuries caused by an E-bike fire, call us today for your free case review. Our defective product attorneys will start investigating your case immediately and work to get you a great settlement.
- E-Bike Fire Statistics
- Why Do E-Bikes Catch on Fire?
- Types of E-Bike Burn Injuries
- Can I Sue For an E-bike Burn Injury?
What Is an E-Bike?
An E-bike, also known as an electric bicycle and electric fit bike, has an electric motor to assist the cyclist with pedaling the bike. Most E-bikes have an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery to move the bicycle.
An E-bike looks like a traditional bicycle but has a small motor. The motor assists the rider when pedaling.
Every motor bike is powered by a battery that is charged for re-use. The bikes have controllers on the handlebar that allow the rider to turn on and off the motor and change the amount of assistance.
Many controllers also have additional features. These include a battery light indicator, ride data, and other metrics about the ride and battery status.
Top E-Bike Brands
There are many electric bicycle brands on the market. Currently, the top E-bike manufacturers are:
- Rad Power Bikes
- Lectric eBikes
- Ariel Rider
- Juiced Bikes
- Blix Bikes
- Electric Bike Company
E-bikes are sold at bicycle shops, major retailers, and online stores. Many people rent E-bikes while on vacation to tour new areas and sightseeing.
E-Bike Fire Statistics
The number of E-bikes in the United States is on a rapid rise. In 2021, there was almost 900,000 electric bicycles imported into the U.S. This was almost double the number of imports from 2021. Those numbers are expected to continue to rise in the upcoming years.
E-bikes are also sold and used throughout Europe and Asia. Bicycle use is more common on those continents as a mode of everyday travel.
The exact number of E-bike fires is unknown. In many cases, the cause and origin of the fire is never determined. In others, investigators did not even consider the bicycle battery as the cause of a major fire.
In New York City, investigators have determined that E-bike batteries caused over 200 fires in the city in 2022. This resulted in 147 burn injuries and 6 deaths. The numbers are expected to climb as these bikes become even more popular throughout the United States.
Why Do E-Bikes Catch on Fire?
Lithium-ion batteries are used in almost all E-bikes. These batteries contain a component that is highly flammable. If a battery gets overheated, the fluid can ignite and literally cause the battery to explode. The result is often a serious fire.
There are many reasons for an E-bike fire, including:
- Overheating of batteries.
- Overcharging a battery.
- Poorly made batteries.
- Damaged parts.
- Use of low-quality parts.
- Use of faulty parts.
- Mixing parts from one E-bike to another.
- Defects in product design
The purchasers and users of electric bicycles are often completely unaware of the potential fire and burn hazards associated with these products. It is important to understand the potential risks and keep the bikes parked in locations that will not allow a spontaneous fire to burn down a house or occupied building.
Types of E-Bike Burn Injuries
Electric bicycle fires cause different types of burns. A burn is classified based upon the severity and depth of the burn. The skin burn classifications are:
- First-degree burns only affect the outer layer of skin, causing it to be red and painful with no blisters.
- Second-degree burns affect the outermost layer of skin, the epidermis, and part of the dermis, which is the layer underneath. The burned area is bright red, blistered, swollen, painful, and may look shiny and wet. This type of burn can leave a scar or a permanent change to the color of your skin.
- Third-degree burns destroy both the epidermis and dermis. They may also damage the underlying bones, muscles, or tendons. A third-degree burn will leave behind scars and often require skin grafts.
What To Do After An E-Bike Burn
If you were burned by an E-bike fire, there are several things you should do immediately, including:
- Seek prompt medical attention at a hospital or urgent care clinic.
- Save the bicycle that exploded or overheated.
- Take photos and video of the bike and other damage.
- Take photos of your burn injuries and scars.
- Locate the receipt or credit card bill used for the bike purchase.
It is also smart to contact an E-bike lawsuit lawyer as soon as possible after the incident. Our experienced product liability lawyers will preserve your bike and have it photographed and inspected by industry experts. We will determine if you have a lawsuit against the E-bike manufacturer and seller.
Can I Sue For an E-bike Burn Injury?
You can sue if you suffered an E-bike burn injury. These are product liability lawsuits demanding compensation if an electric bicycle caused harm to a user, or an innocent person burned and injured by another person’s electric bicycle.
Product liability lawsuits allege that the manufacture violated state and federal laws by selling dangerous products to consumers. Lawsuits are based upon several legal theories. These theories include negligence, strict liability, and breach of warranty. Other theories include defective design, defective manufacturing, and failure to warn the purchase of the dangers of the product.
How to File an Electric Bicycle Burn Lawsuit
To file an electric bicycle burn injury lawsuit, you need to contact an experienced E-bike lawsuit lawyer. The award-winning attorneys at The Buckfire Law Firm will fully evaluate your case to determine if it meets the criteria to file a lawsuit.
If your case meets the criteria, we will file your lawsuit at the proper courthouse to get your case started. We will work hard to win you the maximum settlement.
How Much Are E-Bike Burn Lawsuit Settlements?
An E-bike burn lawsuit demands several different types of damages. First, the suit seeks recoverable damages for the pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, and other types of non-economic claims. These damage claims are proven by medical records, treatment records, and photographs depicting the injuries.
Second, the lawsuit suit demands compensation for medical bills and lost wages. Some states allow for punitive or exemplary damages against the product manufacturer. Other states, like Michigan, have limits on damages.
For cases involving a death, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit. These lawsuits demand compensation for the pain and suffering of the loved one from the time of injury until death and for the loss of companionship of the decedent by family members. Economic claims for financial losses are also available in a wrongful death case.
The settlement amount varies in every lawsuit and is dependent on the unique circumstances of each case. Compensation awards vary depending on the severity of the injuries, the extent of the medical treatment and other damage claims, and the amount of financial losses.
Contact Our E-Bike Burn Lawsuit Lawyers
If you were burned by an E-bike batter fire, contact our exploding product lawyers today for your free case review. The Buckfire Law legal team will begin investigating your case now. There are strict time deadlines for filing product liability lawsuits, so it is important to contact us immediately.
We do not charge any fees unless we win a settlement.
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