Electric Scooter Accidents

Electric scooters are a new and popular method of transportation for youth, teenagers and adults on the go. With convenience and accessibility come greater risk, leaving both the riders and the pedestrians they pass by at a greater risk of injury. Bird and Lime rental scooters, in particular, have become especially problematic in Southern California recently when inexperienced riders rent them and end up colliding with walkers, joggers and cyclists. Injuries to scooter operators and pedestrians can range from minor to severe injuries and sometimes require medical attention. Any person who is injured in a scooter accident can consult with a Los Angeles accident attorney at Jacoby & Meyers to find out if they are eligible for compensation.

Electric Scooter Accidents

Scooter accidents are the result of the latest trend of traveling by scooter on public property. As a result of this new technology, individuals without transportation or a car or vehicle, find it easy to travel and get by with an electric scooter. Such scooters have GPS and can locate the scooter at all times, even when the scooter needs to be charged and then released back onto the streets. Since it now accessible to many in different cities and areas, it poses an accident risk to its users and other motor vehicle operators on the streets and roads.

What Causes Scooter Accidents to Occur?

In addition to being operated by inexperienced riders, scooters can sometimes crash when road conditions are unsafe. A faulty scooter caused by vandalism or a mechanical malfunction can also lead to crashes. Scooter operators who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol can further create unsafe conditions. There are even instances when scooter riders get into accidents when car doors open or vehicles are in reverse. If a scooter rider swerves to avoid hitting another scooter or a pedestrian or an animal, a collision or crash can occur. By the same token, a scooter accident with a bus, tractor, car or motorcycle can equally be caused by the automobile driver's negligence. Liability is the first thing analyzed and reviewed by attorneys to determine whether a legal claim for negligence can be validly and successfully presented and proven. To determine liability, facts must be gathered, police reports obtained, witnesses called and spoken to. Our team of Los Angeles scooter accident attorneys does just that.

Determining Liability

Determining who was at fault for the accident can sometimes be challenging, and our personal injury law firm can process the evidence to find out who was responsible. Riders who are negligent or careless while operating their scooters will most likely be held liable in court. Unsafe road conditions may be the fault of the city where the accident occurred. If a scooter mechanical malfunction is to blame, the manufacturer or rental company that issued the scooter might need to pay for the resulting damages.

How an Attorney Can Help

Hiring an attorney is one of the best things that a person who is injured in a scooter accident can do. Your legal representative can manage all aspects of court hearings, filings, documentation and all other relevant evidence and proof that must be submitted to the court if a lawsuit is filed. In the alternative, if a lawsuit does not need to be filed, our litigation attorneys can negotiate with the liable at-fault party’s insurance company. We can reach a settlement with the insurance company or the party who was at fault without having to go to court in some instances.

Our attorney’s primary goal is to get monetary compensation for our clients to rectify some of the damages. The money awarded can be used to pay for medical expenses, property damage and any long-term care that is required. If time had to be taken off from work because of the injuries, lost work wages may additionally be awarded.

Anyone who was injured in a scooter accident should seek advice from a California scooter accident attorney who can provide information on all legal options. By hiring an attorney, plaintiffs won’t have to face their legal challenges alone.

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