The e-bike lawyers at the Pritzker Hageman law firm filed a lawsuit (case file number 27-cv-23-14258) for a Minnesota woman who was severely injured while riding a defective Aventon Pace 500 e-bike purchased at Erik’s Bike Shop.
Our client and her husband purchased Pace 500 e-bikes to help them climb a hill leading to their home and only used the electric assist mode at the end of their bike rides. Our client was out on a bike ride with her son with the electric motor assist turned off when the Pace 500 suddenly and unintentionally accelerated down a hill. The Pace 500 had motor cutoff switches in the brake handles, manufactured by Tektro of Taiwan, that were supposed to disengage the bike’s electric motor. However, when our client attempted to stop the Pace 500 by squeezing the brake handles, those motor cutoff switches failed to function properly, causing her to crash. As she lay unconscious on the ground, the Pace 500’s electric motor was still engaged with the wheel spinning at a high rate of speed. As a result of the crash, the woman suffered life-changing and severe injuries, including a traumatic brain injury.
E-Bike Lawsuit Has Defective Part Manufacturer Running Scared
Pritzker Hageman’s e-bike legal team, led by attorney Raymond Trueblood, filed a lawsuit alleging that the companies involved in the manufacture and sale of the Aventon Pace 500 (including the e-bike manufacturer, the brake motor cutoff manufacturer, and the retailer that inspected the e-bike and provided instructions for use) knew the bike was dangerous but sold it anyway. After selling defective e-bikes, Aventon changed the Pace 500 owner’s manual to add a warning that users should check the brake motor cutoff switches before each ride. Rather than participating in the litigation, Tektro (the manufacturer of the defective brake motor cutoff switches) has used procedural maneuvers to try to delay the lawsuit.
E-Bike Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuit Information
Electric bike malfunctions and defects can cause catastrophic crashes, resulting in serious injury or wrongful death. If you or a loved one was injured or killed in an e-bike accident, you may be able to sue the companies whose negligence caused it. An experienced bicycle accident lawyer will investigate to determine which companies are responsible for the accident, including the following.
- The manufacturer of the e-bike
- The manufacturer of any defective parts
- The retailer where you purchased the e-bike
There may be a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit after an e-bike injury, depending on the statute of limitations in your state. It is important to contact an experienced bicycle accident lawyer as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.
About The Pritzker Hageman Law Firm
Pritzker Hageman is a national personal injury law firm that helps injured people and their families get the compensation and justice they deserve. The Pritzker Hageman bicycle accident lawyers have a proven track record of success in obtaining groundbreaking settlements and verdicts for their injured clients, including some of the largest recoveries in American history. For a free, no-obligation consultation with our e-bike legal team, please call 1-888-377-8900, text 612-261-0856, or fill out the form below.