The rising interest in E-bikes has been well documented in recent years, increasing further since the Covid-19 pandemic with one in four Europeans saying they are more likely to buy or use an e-bike compared with the previous year¹.
Rise of the E-bike
According to a recent study by Shimano, 38% of those who took part felt the main reason to buy/use E-bikes now, compared to before the pandemic was as an alternative to public transport. 37% felt that lessening the impact on the environment by reducing their carbon footprint would be the main reason. But, however far public opinion has come in recent years, there is still one overarching statistic in the report that cannot be ignored: “For the 66% of Europeans who are less likely to buy or use an e-bike, 24% say it’s due to a lack of safe cycling infrastructure in their towns and cities” showing that the government, local councils and authorities still have a way to go to create a cycling environment that convinces people to make the switch. Cyclists should be cautious about riding electric bikes that don’t comply with regulations. If involved in an accident, the Motor Insurers’ Bureau will compensate the victim and approach you for the funds.
It’s also worth noting that E-scooters are insured by a blanket scheme. Those that you can hire in towns and cities are covered, but all others are not insured. This can cause problems should you be involved in an accident.
How can we help?
While a motorist has the reassurance of an insurer or broker to whom they can turn after a collision, most cyclists lack that resource. That’s where we come in, because Cycle SOS is available to any cyclist, completely free. Whether you ride an E-bike for commuting or leisure, if you have been involved in an incident while riding, we may be able to help you. Our website covers all the information you may need if you have been involved in: an incident involving a pothole
, an incident at a junction or a roundabout
, an incident due to component failure
, or a road traffic collision
Calling our freephone helpline
Our expert team are specialists in Cycle accident claims
. On the first call, our experienced team will take some details and advise you on our initial opinion. We will be able to advise you of any further information we would need and help you obtain anything that is missing. Having the basic details surrounding the accident will help us to advise you properly. Details of your injury and any medical attention you sought, details of the road and direction of travel, any witnesses, police incident number (if applicable), and the make and model of your E-bike are all helpful. If you e-mail us an address, we’ll post you a Contact Card bearing 24/7 Helpline and initial points of advice.
Why Cycle SOS?
With over 30 years’ experience representing cyclists, we know the many dangers the roads present and have seen first-hand the consequences that road bike accidents can have on both the cyclist and on their families. Our experienced team are themselves cyclists, some of whom have built their own machines, so know the difference between a headset and a bottom bracket. Others are also trained in accident investigation and reconstruction
techniques, headed by a former Sergeant from the local Crash Investigation Unit. We’re not just experts because we have over 30 years legal experience
, we’re cyclists too
, so we understand what it takes to make sure you’re properly compensated following an accident. We will consider all aspects of losses associated with your accident and ensure you are properly compensated. That means taking into account all the losses associated with your accident. To you, that could mean lost earnings
for any time you couldn’t work, a damaged bike or kit
, the costs of treatment
and even adaptations to your home. All of this is on top of the compensation we’d recover for your injuries. We represent cyclists with modest injuries right through to those who need long-term support for a more serious accident, or life-changing injury. We also consider the impact an accident can be having on your family and the day-to-day obstacles that you may all be facing because of your injuries. Our experience means we’ll be beside you for the entire claim journey, helping you to access independent, specialist medical assistance and physiotherapy, as close to home and convenient for you as possible. We know going through a claim can be stressful and sometimes difficult. That’s why we do everything to shoulder as much responsibility for you as we can, always keeping you in the loop, and making sure you know all your options at any time. And the majority of your claim can be conducted by telephone or email if you prefer. So, no matter where you are across England and Wales, you don’t have to instruct a local non-specialised firm when you can rely on the experts at Cycle SOS to help you. If you’d like to discuss your no win no fee E-bike case with our friendly helpline team, call us on: 0808 100 9995.
¹SHIMANO State of the Nation report, the changing attitudes to e-bike use