Pedego is a company that primarily sells electric bicycles. Electric bicycles are powered by a small electric motor or battery, they must be recharged in between use. The bicycles are popular forms of travel if you are not going very far, as the range is somewhat limited. The primary problem is that the bicycles may not be properly wired. They could suddenly accelerate, as we have seen in some products, or they could fail to brake. The electric cables, wiring, internal battery, and more can be defective in some way.
Injuries from Defective Bicycle Accidents
A broken or defective electric bicycle can cause riders to fall off and be seriously injured. The faulty electronics may not allow the brakes to properly deploy, or the bike may suddenly accelerate without the rider meaning to. Bicycle accidents can be extremely damaging if they occur in traffic or on roads with other vehicles. Some of the injuries that can happen from bicycle accidents include:
- Muscle damage
- Nerve damage
- Internal organ injuries
- Closed head injury
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Severed limbs and digits
One of the biggest risks associated with bicycles is the difference in size between the bikes and cars. Suddenly losing control in traffic can cause the rider to fall off and get hit because other drivers did not see him until it was too late. Similarly, if a bike malfunctions in a crosswalk or in a bike lane, a driver may not have time to react.
How to Sue for Injuries from a Defective Pedego Bicycle
In order to sue Pedego for injuries suffered on a faulty electric bicycle, you must be able to show that the company was negligent. There are a few ways to do this in product liability claims. The possibilities include:
- A design error was present with the bicycle
- A manufacturing error occurred when the bicycle was being created
- A lack of hazard signs and warnings were present on the bicycle or packaging
Bicycles have been in use for decades, but it wasn’t until recently that electric bicycles really began to take off. There likely was a manufacturing error with these bicycles; the improper parts may have been used or they were incorrectly assembled. This is an issue that should have been checked at the first sign of trouble, and there should have been adequate testing.
Once you have determined the cause of negligence, you can gather evidence for your claim and move forward. It is important that you produce all copies of hospital treatments or any documents you received from the doctor, such as test results, medical records, insurance statements, and more. If you can, you should also have pictures of the injuries you sustained. It is important that you get appropriate medical attention as quickly as you can after the incident or your claim will suffer. The insurance agent might not believe that you were badly hurt if there is a long gap between the incident and the treatment. Further, if you wait too long, your injuries may actually worsen. Some individuals suffer damages that are not readily apparent, and as a result, do not know just how severe the injuries really are.
You will need photos of the defective bicycle, or videos of how it stopped working. Additionally, you will need to hold on to the bicycle. Do not throw the bicycle away, replace it, try to fix it, bring it to a repair shop, return it to the manufacturer, or do anything to alter its state. You will lose your most important piece of evidence if you get rid of the bicycle before you can present it as evidence. It will be difficult, if not impossible, to show that there was a defect I you no longer have the bicycle in your possession.
There may have been eyewitnesses who saw the accident happen or who can attest to the bicycle suddenly malfunctioning. Their testimonies and statements will benefit your case. You may also be able to join a class action lawsuit with others if they were also injured due to the defective bicycles. However, a class action lawsuit will result in many plaintiffs winning compensation, leading to a diluted settlement per person.
If there were any receipts, proof of purchase documents, emails, bank statements, or credit card statements that you had showing that you bought the bicycle, make a copy to include in your claim.
Lastly, it is in your best interest if you seek out the assistance of a skilled product liability lawyer for your case. You might not have any experience filing lawsuits, negotiating with insurance agents, or utilizing the legal system. You could potentially have your whole claim denied if you are not skilled in product liability law. Our attorneys will take on your claim, write your demand letter, and make sure the insurance agent makes a worthwhile offer. You can focus on recovering from any injuries you suffered and returning to normal life.
Restitution from a Defective Bicycle Lawsuit
If you were hurt because of a defective electric bicycle, you can take legal action against Pedego. The value of your claim will be largely determined by the level of injuries you received and how impactful they were on your life and career. If you were partially responsible for the incident in some way, you may also receive less compensation. Fighting for your fair compensation is not easy if you have never taken legal action before, which is why it is highly recommended that you work with an attorney on your case. You can focus on recovering instead of getting your stress up with a lawsuit. We will bring you damages such as:
- Medical expenses and bills for surgery, hospitalization, physical rehabilitation, medication and prescription drugs, ambulatory transportation, future treatments, and more
- Property damage if your personal items were broken, lost, or must be replaced
- Lost wages from the time you could not work due to injuries, as well as future income if you were unable to return to work because of medical appointments or additional recovery time
- Pain and suffering damages to account for psychological stress, PTSD, anxiety, fear, emotional trauma, and more
There is no reason that you should be forced to pay these expenses if you were not responsible for the incident. It is unfair if the company does not cover these losses, since they were the ones who hold the most responsbility. Our team of attorneys promises to work around the clock to secure you the settlement you deserve.
Time Limit for Product Liability Claims
The statute of limitations is the time limit you have to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. In California, the statute of limitations on product liability lawsuits is 2 years from the date of the injury. If you don’t sue within that time period, you won’t be able to get any compensation for your losses and damages. However, there is a chance that the statute of limitations can be extended beyond that deadline. This can happen in some scenarios, including:
- When a victim is underage, which would allow the statute of limitations to be frozen until he turns 18 years old and can legally sue by himself with no guardian representing him
- When a victim has been left physically or mentally incapacitated after an incident, which would let the statute of limitations be on hold until he returns to health or awareness
- When a defendant has left the state or country, which would freeze the statute until he returns
Often, people do not know the statute of limitations exists for product liability claims, or they cannot accurately determine how much time remains. If you come to our firm, we’ll ensure that your case is submitted on time and that no documents miss any deadlines. We are punctual and know that the sooner you sue, the more likely you are to succeed. Your evidence will be properly preserved and will not be lost or misplaced.
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The Downtown LA Law Group is one of the premier law firms in Los Angeles. Contact us today for a free legal consultation to discuss your case. We will help you understand the legal process and will answer any questions and concerns you have. Further, if you hire us, we’ll give you our zero fee guarantee. This means that you won’t have to pay us any money throughout the case – we will cover the costs, and if we win, our fees will be taken care of by the settlement we bring you. If we lose, we ask for nothing at all.
To sue for injuries suffered from a defective Pedego electric bicycle, reach out to the Downtown LA Law Group today.