There is a piece of legislation in the works in the New York State Senate that was generated partly because of the massive amount of media coverage that e-bike accidents in New York City have gotten in recent weeks. Senator Felder has proposed the document which—if passed and enacted—would require all “legal vehicles” on the roadways in New York to have liability insurance which comes into play after an accident. This is not a new idea. Several states across the nation already require liability insurance for automobile operators. It gives victims an opportunity to collect compensation for injuries and losses they have suffered but also protects the public health system from footing the bill for injuries caused by uninsured drivers. However, Senator Felder’s legislation would take this a step further and include e-bike as “legal vehicles.”
In a statement from the Senator’s office, the proposed legislation was deemed essential to protect New Yorkers from the “rapidly rising” numbers of accidents involving e-bike or electric-assist bicycles and scooters.
As we’ve seen, the number of accidents has indeed increased but that actual figure is minuscule when compared to other types of injurious accidents. On the other hand, having liability insurance would give victims a measure of financial protection should they be hit by a reckless e-bike rider. While statistics show that the percent of traditional bike accidents involving automobiles that are caused by the bike rider hovers right around 25%-30%, we do not know If that translates to the current number of e-bike accidents in New York City.
One may argue that this legislation creates an unnecessary expense. However, if you’re the accident victim, you will want to know that you will be compensated adequately for your injuries and lost time from work. In this regard, the legal professionals at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel are here to help. If you’ve been injured, you need an experienced New York City e-bike accident lawyer on your side. Call 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation without any further delay.