Portland Electric Bike & Scooter Accident Lawyer

Injured in an e-scooter accident? Our law firm can handle your injury claim

Electric bikes and scooters have become increasingly popular in downtown Portland. Whether it’s commuters riding e-bikes or others renting electric scooters from Bolt, Lime or another company, many people regularly use e-scooters and bikes throughout the city.

Unfortunately, serious accidents involving people riding e-bikes and electric scooters sometimes occur in Portland. And when they do, riders often sustain serious injuries that result in a wide range of long-term medical problems.

When this happens, injury victims should seek immediate medical care, whether at Providence Portland Medical Center Emergency Room or another nearby hospital.

Electric bike injury victims also need to know their legal rights. That’s why it’s critical that injury victims talk to a Portland E-bike accident attorney at Zbinden & Curtis right away. We have years of experience handling complex injury claims and can help you every step of the way.

What is an E-scooter?

Sometimes called a motorized scooter, an electric scooter (or “e-scooter”) is a regular scooter with a small, electric motor attached to the rear wheel.

E-scooters have become a worldwide phenomenon. You’ll often see them on sidewalks in cities. This is because you can rent them from a wide range of online rideshare companies (Bolt, Uber, Lime, etc.) in cities throughout the world, including Portland.

But it’s important for drivers to share the road with e-scooters, something that’s easier said than done.

What is an electric bike?

Cycling has long been popular in Portland. Electric bikes combine traditional bicycles with innovative electric motors. And while e-bikes might seem similar to electric scooters, there are distinct differences between the two electric-powered devices.

Most e-bike riders power their bicycle’s rechargeable battery by pedaling the bike. The electric bike’s motor simply provides extra power to cyclists rather than serving as the sole power source.

Some e-bike electric motors are built directly into the bike. Other e-bikes have rechargeable electric motors mounted on the frame. Either way, electric bikes give cyclists extra power when they need it most, often on hills or if commuting long distances.

Why do e-bike accidents happen?

Collisions involving electric scooters or e-bikes and another vehicle often occur due to the negligent or reckless behavior of the other driver. Examples include:

  • Aggressive drivers who don’t share the road and don’t give electric bikes or e-scooters enough room, resulting in a collision.
  • Drivers who don’t look twice for bikes and scooters, especially when turning at intersections or other places where electric bike riders have the right of way.
  • Speeding drivers who can’t slow down in time, resulting in an accident.
  • Distracted drivers, including texting drivers.
  • Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Is this how your electric bicycle accident happened in Portland? Or are you dealing with a different type of collision? Whatever the circumstances, make sure you know your rights. Make sure you talk to an attorney as soon as possible.

Oregon electric scooter & e-bike laws

The rules and regulations for electric scooters and e-bike vary from state to state and sometimes even from one city to another. In Portland, a variety of state and local laws apply to electric bikes and scooters. Many of these laws are similar to existing regulations that apply to mopeds in Oregon and can be found in Oregon Revised Statute 801.348.

According to a pocket guide compiled by the State of Oregon, the following laws apply to electric-assisted bicycles in Portland and throughout Oregon:

  • Riders must be at least 16 years old.
  • No driver’s license or registration is required to operate an electric bicycle.
  • No helmet is required.
  • Lights are mandatory for all electric bicycles.
  • 20 mph is the maximum allowed speed using an electric motor.
  • No riding on sidewalks is permitted.
  • Electric bicycles can be used on bicycle paths.
  • Oregon driving under the influence (DUI) laws apply to electric bicycle riders.

As for electric scooters and gas-powered scooters, the following laws apply in Portland and throughout Oregon:

  • Riders must be at least 16 years old.
  • Helmet is required when using an electric scooter.
  • No passengers are allowed on an e-scooter.
  • 24 mph is the maximum allowed speed.
  • No riding on the sidewalk or in a crosswalk is allowed.
  • Riding on bicycle paths is permitted.
  • Oregon DUI laws apply to electric scooter operators.

Who’s responsible for paying for my accident?

Oregon has an at-fault insurance system. This means the at-fault party is responsible for compensating injury victims for all their accident-related expenses. As a result, you should not have to pay for your injury-related expenses if another road user caused your electric bike accident.

However, actually getting the money you rightfully deserve can often be much more complicated than you might expect. Don’t be surprised if the at-fault driver’s insurance company does everything they can to reduce or deny your injury claim.

This is why it’s critical that you have an experienced Portland e-bike accident lawyer on your side who knows the laws that apply to such cases and who understands how the legal system works in Oregon.

Steps to take after your electric bike accident in Portland

It’s important to take certain steps right away if you get hurt in an accident on an e-bike or electric scooter involving another driver in Portland, including:

  • Call the Portland Police Department (or simply call 911) and tell them you have been hurt in an accident caused by another driver.
  • Request an ambulance if you or anyone else is seriously injured.
  • Take photos of your accident, ideally before moving your e-bike or e-scooter. Pictures of your accident scene can serve as important pieces of evidence.
  • Talk to witnesses who saw your accident. Make sure to get their full name and phone number. That way, investigators can interview them later if necessary.
  • Get the driver’s full name, address, driver’s license number and insurance information.
  • After exchanging information, don’t talk about your accident with anyone at the scene of your crash, including the other driver. Even saying something as simple as “I’m sorry” could later be used as evidence by the at-fault driver’s insurance company to deny your injury claim.
  • As soon as possible after your accident, contact an attorney. The sooner you have a lawyer investigating your accident, the better.

Why should I hire an electric bike accident attorney?

You might think you don’t need a lawyer if another driver clearly caused your Portland electric bike accident. This is especially true if a police officer from the Portland Police Department is investigating your electric scooter or bike accident.

But it’s important to understand that such investigators are only concerned with determining whether any local, state or federal laws were violated. Their investigation does not take into account how much money you receive for your injury-related expenses.

That’s our job. That’s why the Portland electric bike accident lawyers at Zbinden & Curtis want to meet with you. Our legal team is familiar with the latest laws concerning E-bikes and electric scooters. We know how the legal system works in Oregon. That’s why we have such a strong track record of success.

Contact us and discover what we can do for you. Schedule a free case evaluation today. We have offices in Portland and Woodburn. Best of all, you only have to pay us if we get you a financial settlement or verdict. That’s because our Portland E-bike accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Call now.

We Take Extra Steps for Our Clients

We have Spanish speaking personnel available. Se Habla Español. A Russian interpreter also is available.

For clients who have transportation issues due to serious injury or are unable to travel, we will gladly come to your home or the hospital.

We will explain the legal process and begin steps needed to represent you in your personal injury claim.

Contact a Washington and Oregon Personal Injury Attorney

Zbinden & Curtis are Washington and Oregon personal injury attorneys who thrive on working hard for accident victims. Insurance companies have teams of attorneys protecting their interests. It’s time to level the playing field. Contact our firm. We can protect your rights.

When you get in touch with us, we can arrange a free consultation. There is no obligation, and you don’t pay us a fee unless we collect monetary compensation.