Electric bikes and scooters have become increasingly popular over the years, as a convenient, yet fun way to commute. E-bikes and scooters are lightweight and can get you to where you need to go in a quicker and easier manner, which is part of the appeal. Although these electric vehicles are popular, there have been reports across the county of numerous fires in recent months that have raised some concerns. Reports of electric bikes and scooter fires have increased as lithium-ion batteries are common given the fact that these types of batteries hold lots of energy compared to normal batteries. Fire departments have warned against the potential dangers of lithium-ion batteries.
According to a recent news report, a tragic incident occurred when a lithium-ion battery from an electric bike or scooter sparked a fire in a Harlem apartment. The fire resulted in the death of a 5-year-old girl and a 36-year-old woman and left the child’s father in critical condition. Firefighters responded after 2:30 a.m. to the blaze in the sixth-floor apartment and found the bike inside the front door of the apartment, blocking the exit. The fire did not spread to other apartments and was under control in about an hour. In addition to the individuals mentioned, a firefighter and at least one other person also sustained minor injuries.
According to some experts, the lithium-ion battery can lead to a possible fire if it is damaged or overheated. In addition, as is the case for any product that consumers purchase, there’s the possibility of manufacturing defects or design flaws that could lead to personal injury. While fires from electrical bikes and scooters are a more recent phenomenon, the attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen have years of experience handling some of the most complex personal injury cases and are ready to use their expertise to help you in your case.
What Should I Do If Was Injured in an E-bike Fire?
If you are injured as a result of an e-bike fire, it is important to first seek any help from a local fire department and/or to seek medical help if needed. If possible, after the immediate emergency has subsided, it can be helpful to document and take photos of the scene of the accident. This can include taking photos of the e-bike or scooter, any injuries you may have suffered, and retaining any medical documents. It can also be helpful to allow police officers who respond to the scene to take notes about what occurred. Finally, it can be helpful to connect with a personal injury lawyer who can help you navigate the next steps.
Do You Need an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer in D.C.?
If you or a loved one have been injured in a fire caused by an electrical bike or scooter, or if you have been injured in another accident where you are hoping to file a personal injury suit, contact the attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen today. Our attorneys not only have the expertise and experience needed to help you recover the damages you deserve, our attorneys also approach their work with compassion. Being an accident victim can be shocking and confusing, but our attorneys take the time to thoroughly explain and talk through your legal options. In addition to car accident cases, our firm handles cases involving amusement park injuries, construction site accidents, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, and wrongful death. Call our office today at 1-800-654-1949 to schedule a free initial consultation.