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August 16, 2023

New York’s E-Bike Laws in 2023

What You Need to Know About Riding an Electric Bike in NY

Millions of electric bikes are sold in the United States each year. E-bikes are popular from coast to coast, including in New York. The fast-moving bikes can go over 20 mph and can cause serious injury or even death if proper safety precautions are not taken. Not only are e-bike riders at risk of harm but so are pedestrians and other cyclists. 

At Denlea & Carton LLP (“Injured 914”), we protect the rights of those injured in accidents in White Plains, New York, and throughout Westchester County. Our experienced lawyers will fight to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve if you are injured in an e-bike accident. Contact our office today at (914) 368-7168 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. 

Electric Bike Laws in New York State

In order to reduce the number of e-bike accidents in the state, New York has instituted several laws to protect riders and non-riders alike. It is important to know and understand these laws to ensure that you are safe on the road.

2023 E-Bike Laws in New York:

  • All riders must be 16 years of age or older. 
  • E-bikes may not be driven on streets with a speed limit greater than 30 mph.
  • Individuals under the age of 18 must wear a helmet while riding an e-bike.
  • Delivery drivers must wear a helmet while riding an e-bike.
  • All riders must wear a helmet if their bike can exceed 20 mph. 
  • E-bikes may be driven in bike lanes.
  • The speed limit for e-bikes is 20 mph.
  • An e-bike’s motor may not exceed 750w.

In New York, electronic bikes are grouped into 3 classes based on their speed and whether they are pedal-assist or throttle. It is important to note that e-bikes are not permitted on sidewalks and can cause serious injury if driven in areas with heavy amounts of pedestrian traffic.

E-Bike Accidents and Liability

Electronic bikes present a danger to riders, pedestrians, and other motorists when they are not driven safely. On the one hand, it can be difficult for other motorists to see e-bikes making them vulnerable to sideswipe collisions. On the other hand, e-bikes that are driven on sidewalks can result in harm to pedestrians. If you are injured in a pedestrian accident caused by an e-bike, it is strongly recommended that you speak to an attorney. 

Deaths Related to Electronic Bikes

As reported by CBS News, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported that at least 119 people were killed in accidents involving electric scooters or e-bikes from 2017 to 2021. It is believed that with the increase in popularity of electric bikes, there will be an increase in the number of e-bike accidents.

Injured in an E-Bike Accident? Contact Our Office.

Were you or a loved one injured in an e-bike accident? Contact our office today at (914) 368-7168 to schedule a free consultation. Call now to discuss your case directly with an attorney. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve. There are never any fees unless we win.

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