RMD Law is an Orange County personal injury law firm that specializes in electric scooter accident cases. If you or a loved one has been injured in a scooter accident you should contact our experienced Orange County electric scooter accident lawyer for a free, no obligation case evaluation.
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Scooter ridesharing companies like Bird and Lime are set to revolutionize short-distance transportation in California. These companies allow anyone to log into an app and rent a scooter wherever they find it. The scooters only charge a couple dollars, and when the customer is finished with the scooter, they can leave it wherever they want.
Although scooters are a convenient way to travel a short distance, they are also dangerous. Many people riding scooters can suffer devastating injuries, but pedestrians must also be careful. It is very easy for pedestrians to trip over a scooter or be struck by an inexperienced scooter rider.
At RMD Law, we stay on the cutting edge of personal injury law. We want you to know that if you have been injured in a scooter accident, an electric scooter accident lawyer can help. Contact us today to learn more.
Many people have ridden a scooter before and probably don’t understand what could make them so dangerous.
Here are only some of the ways that scooters can cause accidents:
In spite of these dangers, many people find scooters an attractive method of transportation, and California cities have been eager to embrace them. If you have not seen a scooter on the road, watch out for them. They are soon to be swarming around you.
With more scooters in and around Orange County, you might find yourself injured by one. There are important steps you should take to protect your health and your ability to possibly receive compensation.
After the collision, do the following:
Lastly, make sure you get to the hospital as soon as possible to have a doctor check you out. Be advised that some injuries, like back injuries or concussions, could take a day or two for symptoms to show. Remember to follow your doctor’s orders and get a second opinion if you do not think you are improving.
The pedestrian might have a legal claim against the scooter rider for negligently handling the scooter. The key will be to show that the rider did not operate the scooter with sufficient care, and that you were injured as a result.
However, the rider probably does not have any insurance that could pay out a settlement—which is a big problem. No law requires that people get insurance before they can ride a scooter, so anyone victimized might not receive anything.
Of course, you can check if they have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, but chances are those policies do not cover a scooter accident. The rider’s car insurance also likely does not apply, either. In this unfortunate situation, a pedestrian might be out of luck and be unable to receive any compensation.
This is a pretty straightforward situation. If the driver operated their motor vehicle in a negligent manner, then their liability insurance should cover the accident. Meet with an electric scooter accident lawyer to discuss your case. However, if the scooter rider caused the accident, they have to live with their injuries.
Probably only the car is damaged, not any occupants. Nevertheless, the motorist might not be able to receive any money from the scooter rider to fix their car. Instead, the motorist will need to rely on collision insurance, if they have it.
This is a likely scenario, as reported in this LA Times article, in which the author fell off her scooter after a bicyclist pulled out directly in front of her. In these situations, a scooter rider is likely to fall off and injure themselves. However, it will be hard to receive anything since the pedestrian is not insured.
Defective scooters are a very real concern. Many things could potentially go wrong and send a rider tumbling toward the ground. Or the rider could lose control and crash the scooter into a pedestrian, injuring other people.
Generally, California law holds manufacturers responsible if they put a defective product in the stream of commerce. If successful, an injured victim can sue Bird or Lime and receive compensation.
However, the key will be to identify a defect. Simply falling off the scooter, as one Dallas woman did, is insufficient. Riders are responsible for their own actions, so you cannot sue the company if the scooter was in good condition and the company gave riders proper warnings.
Scooter accident lawsuits is an emerging field in California, but injured victims can be sure that RMD Law has their back.
If you were injured in a Lime or Bird scooter accident, time is of the essence. By meeting with an attorney, you can review the circumstances surrounding the crash and identify whether you have a valid legal case. If you do, then your electric scooter accident lawyer can help make a claim for compensation with the at-fault party’s insurer.
To speak with an electric scooter accident lawyer, please schedule your free consultation. You can call us at (949) 326-5000 or contact us online.