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Lawsuit claims Rad Power e-bike injured rider and caused property damage

Published May 1, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — A bike rider is suing Rad Power Bikes here in superior court claiming his Rad Runner Plus e-bike caused him to fall and sustain injuries and property damage.

According to the lawsuit filed April 20, Anthony Reyna was riding the e-bike "in the manner it was intended" when "suddenly and without warning the electric bicycle came to an abrupt stop due to a default in its construction and/or manufacturing. This sudden and abrupt stop caused (the) plaintiff to fly off the electronic bicycle onto the ground where (he) sustained serious injury to (his) person and property."

According to the suit, Reyna suffered wage loss and loss of property use, and earning capacity, in addition to hospital and medical expenses.

General negligence, product liability, and breach of warranty are alleged. "The default in the electronic bicycle's design and/or manufacturing directly caused plaintiff's injuries," the lawsuit claims.

A spokesperson told BRAIN on Monday afternoon Rad Power Bikes can't comment on pending legal matters.

Also last August, a wrongful death suit was filed against Rad Power Bikes in Los Angeles by the parents of a girl who died when her friend was in control of a RadRunner model. That lawsuit asks for a jury trial that will determine damages, and says Rad Power Bikes markets e-bikes to children without adequate warnings. In addition, design defects contributed to the accident and the death, according to the suit. Court documents show that Rad Power is demanding to inspect the bike before a trial.

In October, State Farm Fire & Casualty and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company jointly sued on behalf of an insured client for property damage after a Rad Power e-bike caught fire. Rad Power Bikes has denied that one of its e-bikes started the fire.

In April, a Utah woman sued Rad Power Bikes because she said her bike arrived with a loose stem that caused a crash that injured her hands and wrist. That case was dismissed with prejudice on July 5 by U.S. District Court Judge Jill N. Parrish.

Topics associated with this article: Electric bike

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