Citi Bike Pulls All Its Electric Bicycles from New York City Due to Accidents
Bikeshare companies have not yet reached the same level of popularity as rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft. Recent accidents involving Citi Bike electric bicycles look to impede the popularity even further.
According to the New York Times, recent accidents involving these electric bicycles have prompted Citi Bike to pull thousands of its bicycles from the streets. These accidents have left users badly injured and could pose a serious problem to the expansion of this bikeshare company.
Front Wheel Locks Up
Citi Bikes’ electric bicycles have a motor that is activated when a rider uses the pedals. At peak speed, these bicycles can reach 18 miles per hour—not bad, especially on congested streets like those in New York City.
However, a small handful of accidents have raised concerns about the safety of these electric bikes. One rider, Jordan Wyckoff, was using the bicycle to get to work in Brooklyn when he hit the brakes to avoid colliding with a minivan that had swerved into his lane. However, the front wheel locked up and Wyckoff was thrown over the front of the bike onto the pavement. Other riders in New York suffered similar accidents, prompting Citi Bike to pull all 1,000 of its bikes in New York.
Citi had hoped to have 4,000 electric bicycles on New York’s streets by the summer. It also plans to use a different model, which Citi believes will prevent future accident. In the meantime, the company has replaced its electric bicycles with regular ones. Citi currently boasts almost 150,000 users in the city.
Have You Been Injured on an Electric Bicycle?
If a bicycle is defective, then you might be able to bring a lawsuit for compensation. Under New York law, either the rental company or the manufacturer could be liable for any injuries that result when a bicycle malfunctions.
However, you need to take certain steps to document the defect and protect your right to compensation. Remember the following:
● Take pictures of where the accident occurred and your injuries, preferably as soon as possible.
● Write down your memories of what happened. How did the bicycle malfunction? Were there any warnings?
● Identify witnesses. Did someone see the accident? Get their name and contact information. They could provide critical testimony.
● Document which bicycle you used. You should take pictures of it using your smartphone and note any identification numbers on the bicycle.
● Get to a hospital as soon as possible to have your injuries looked at. Medical records can help document the severity of the crash.
Meet with an Accident Attorney
Bikeshare companies are relatively new, and New York’s courts are still working out the legal details when it comes to liability for accidents. If you have been injured, you need a seasoned Brooklyn personal injury attorney who will protect your right to compensation.
Please reach out to the Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates today. We can analyze your case and determine if you have a potential lawsuit. Call 718-407-4123 to schedule your free and confidential case evaluation.