As a result of rental services offered by companies like Bird, Lime, Spin, Skip, Uber, and Lyft, electric scooters (e-scooters) have become a popular form of transportation in Los Angeles. An individual can rent an e-scooter to get from place to place for as little as $1. However, negligent and reckless use of these e-scooters has led to a rise in accidents associated with their use.
If you have been injured in an accident involving an e-scooter in California, you may be entitled to file an injury claim to be compensated for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. But filing an injury claim involving an e-scooter may not be as easy as it sounds.
Firstly, it is not easy to pursue an injury claim while you are dealing with serious injuries. Secondly, you will need to be able to identify who was responsible for the accident and gather the evidence needed to support your claim.
An experienced California personal injury attorney can take the burden of pursuing the claim off your shoulders, so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries. An experienced personal injury attorney can also help you refrain from making mistakes that will jeopardize your claim and prevent you from being fully compensated for your injuries and losses.
If you or a loved one has been injured while using an e-scooter (or by an e-scooter) in California, call eAccidents today @ 844-400-0123 to schedule a free consultation with a skilled California personal injury attorney.
Common E-scooter Injuries in California
In recent years, e-scooters have been popping up on the streets of major cities all over the country. E-scooter rental companies have been given permission in many cities to provide these e-scooters as a form of alternative transportation.
Proponents of e-scooters argue that they are a fun and inexpensive option for people who need to get from place to place over short distances. But with the increasing popularity of e-scooters, we are also seeing an increase in injuries associated with their use.
E-scooters can travel as fast as 15 miles per hour, and helmets are not required or supplied by the rental companies. This sometimes results in injuries to not only e-scooter riders, but also pedestrians and motorists in the areas where e-scooters are allowed.
Common e-scooter injuries include:
• Broken bones;
• Head injuries;
• Torn ligaments;
• Cuts, burns, and lacerations;
• Scarring and disfigurement; and
Who Can be Held Liable in an E-scooter Accident Claim?
eAccidents has identified 4 different entities or people that can potentially be held liable for an accident involving an e-scooter:
1. The Rider
The rider has a responsibility to operate the e-scooter safely and carefully. If an e-scooter rider causes an accident and injures someone else, they can be held responsible for the resulting injuries and losses.
2. The City or Municipality
The cities and municipalities that allow e-scooters to operate also have a responsibility to ensure that the sidewalks and roadways where e-scooters are allowed to operate are in good condition, and that they do not add to the risk of injury to e-scooter riders and others.
3. Motor Vehicle Operators
Motor vehicle operators now have a greater responsibility to drive more carefully and to look out for e-scooters in the areas where they are allowed to operate.
4. E-scooter Rental Companies
E-scooter rental companies have a responsibility to ensure that their scooters are safe, well-designed, and well-maintained. If an e-scooter rider, pedestrian, or motorist is injured as a result of a scooter that is in disrepair, the company itself can be held responsible.
Sometimes, multiple parties may be held liable. Each for their share of fault for the accident in which you were injured. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you identify every party that may be held liable to compensate you for your injuries and losses.
What to Do if You Have Been Involved in an E-scooter Accident
Riding an e-scooter can be fun, and there is no real reason not to use them if it’s something you want to do. But you should be aware that accidents do happen, and they are most often the result of someone’s negligence or recklessness.
If you or someone you care about is involved in an accident involving an e-scooter, treat it like a car accident. In other words:
1. Call 911 if you or someone else has been seriously injured;
2. Get the police on the scene to write up a police report;
3. Make sure that you exchange information with the other individuals involved;
4. Take photos of the scene of the accident and the injuries you have sustained;
5. Collect the names and phone numbers of any witnesses;
6. Get the medical attention that you need right away; and
7. Seek the advice of a qualified personal injury attorney who has experience dealing with e-scooter accident claims.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in an accident involving an e-scooter in California, call eAccidents @ 844-400-0123 today, or contact us via our contact page to arrange a free consultation with an experienced California personal injury attorney.