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E-scooters may seem harmless… until you’ve been in an accident.
Ever since electric scooters became popular in California, we’ve been seeing more and more accidents. Two people even died in March 2019, and numerous have been injured after renting this seemingly harmless vehicle. And if you’ve suffered injuries when operating an e-scooter, or have been harmed because of someone else’s negligence, you have every right to reimbursement for the injuries you’ve suffered.
How Do E-Scooter Accidents Happen?
First, e-scooter drivers often unknowingly break laws. They should wear a helmet and observe the pertinent traffic rules.
However, the widespread use of e-scooters has led to people renting them without reading up on the law. This can lead to negligent use (not wearing a helmet or going 15mph on the sidewalk) that can jeopardize pedestrians and the drivers themselves.
Secondly, since some e-scooter drivers use the roads, they can be a traffic obstacle. This can be frustrating for car drivers in areas with a lot of traffic. E-scooters can’t go faster than 15mph, which is quite slow. And when car drivers are faced with e-scooters “blocking their way,” they can resort to reckless behavior.
Thirdly, the company manufacturing or renting e-scooters (for example, in e-scooter sharing schemes like Jump) may neglect necessary maintenance.
How Can E-Scooter Accident Lawyers Help?
When you’ve been in an accident, lawsuits are the last thing on your mind. Your main priority is getting back on your feet so you don’t accrue any more medical bills or lose money by not going to work.
A lot of people believe that they aren’t entitled to compensation for damages such as lost profits. However, California’s personal injury laws give you the possibility of getting reimbursement for the loss of wages, as well as physical and emotional pain.
Our Los Angeles personal injury law firm has plenty of experience with e-scooter accidents in California, and you can schedule a free consultation with our skilled attorneys. They’ve won over 98% of their cases and you don’t even have to pay a fee – we don’t win unless you win. Having an experienced lawyer on your side can help you with filing a watertight e-scooter damage lawsuit.
Our lawyers will help you prepare and file your paperwork in time since California has a two-year statutory period. Unless you’ve been badly hurt or a minor at the time of the accident, you should file your lawsuit within that period. Additionally, you’ll need to collect proof of fault.
Since California operates on the pure comparative negligence model, you could be accused of being liable. This means your compensation could be reduced, unless you can prove that the other party was completely at fault. Typically, you can prove it with police reports and photographic evidence. Any medical reports and bills you also have will be extremely useful when determining the level of damages you may be entitled to.
Finally, it takes a seasoned attorney to negotiate a reimbursement that truly makes up for all the pain you’ve suffered. And our attorneys know the ins and outs of thousands of cases.
Who Is Liable for an E-Scooter Accident?
The liability depends on your case and your attorney, as they can help you prove you weren’t liable in any capacity. Typically, the fault for e-scooter accidents can lie with:
- The driver. If the e-scooter driver caused an accident because of negligent or reckless behavior, they’re at fault. This often happens when drivers don’t comply with laws and regulations.
- The scooter company. If the scooter company didn’t comply with regulations in the production or circulation of their scooters, they could be liable for the accident.
If the scooter company and the scooter manufacturer aren’t one and the same, the manufacturer could also be liable for e-scooter defects that caused the accident. In some cases, there are multiple defendants who share liability.
For example, if a scooter malfunctioned, the manufacturer could be at fault for that. However, since the e-scooter company didn’t perform the necessary maintenance and checkups, they’re also at fault for putting you at risk.
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If you or your loved one have been hurt in an e-scooter accident in California, you’re not helpless. Our lawyers will help you get the reimbursement you need to peacefully move on with your life. Schedule your free consultation today!
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