Electric Scooter Accident Lawyer
If you were struck by a motor vehicle while riding an E-Scooter, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, among other losses. There are no fees unless you get an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll-free number 24/7 at 1-(401) 200-3849 or fill out an online contact form.
What Are E-Scooters?
Also known as Electric Scooters, for-profit companies place motorized scooters in cities for customers to get around town easier. These scooters can reach speeds of up to 15 mph, although some cities have the companies cap off the maximum speed at 10 mph. Prospective users of an E-Scooter Share Program download an app on their smartphone to locate and unlock scooters near them. Once the rider reaches their destination and is done with the scooter, they park and relock it. The next person in the area may then use it for their travel needs. Operators of E-Scooters must usually be at least 18 years old.
What E-Scooter Cases Do We Handle?
While there may be other types of E-Scooter injury cases, such as injuries resulting from device malfunction or falling from defects in the road or sidewalk, our firm assists clients who have suffered an injury after being struck by a vehicle. These accidents can happen as the E-Scooter operator crosses a crosswalk or is traveling in a safe area such as a bicycle lane. Motor vehicle operators owe a duty of care to all on or near the road. If this duty is breached and the accident results in the injury of an E-Scooter operator, you should contact our firm to discuss the details of your case.
What Potential Dangers Come with Riding an E-Scooter?
There are two major ways someone can be injured while riding an E-Scooter:
- Driver Error – Since E-Scooters are permitted to be driven on both the sidewalk and roadway, people not yielding to these operators may end up striking them inadvertently. These dangers are especially real on crosswalks and driveways, where drivers may think they have the right of way or are blind to the E-Scooter operators. Aggressive or drunk drivers may cause more serious injuries due to erratic driving behavior. In these cases, an E-Scooter lawyer would pursue compensation from the driver of the motor vehicle that struck the E-Scooter operator.
- Device Malfunction – After any mechanical device is used over and over again, it will naturally begin to break down. If the device’s malfunction leads to the injury of the E-Scooter operator, a lawyer may pursue claims against the manufacturer of the E-Scooter. Some popular manufacturers of E-Scooters included Bird, Lime, Spin and Veoride. Some lawsuits were aimed at Bird specifically for having faulty brakes which led to operators’ injuries.
What Are Common Injuries Related to E-Scooters?
- Broken Bones: Whether the E-Scooter operator is struck by a vehicle or falls from running over a pothole or rock, or from a device malfunction, breaking a bone is a very real possibility. A fall or sudden impact with the ground or a vehicle may cause a bone to break.
- Head Injury: Helmets are not required to operate an E-Scooter. If the operator does not wear a helmet, an injury to the head can have serious, long-term ramifications.
- Paralysis: If the injury is severe enough to affect the operator’s spine, paralysis could unfortunately occur. Any hard fall from the E-Scooter or being struck by a vehicle can result in this life-changing situation.
Contact an Experienced E-Scooter Lawyer Today!
If you or a loved one operated an E-Scooter and were struck by a motor vehicle, you may be able to receive compensation for your lost earnings, medical bills, and pain and suffering, among other losses. All lawyer at d’Oliveira & Associates have at least 20 years of experience and are ready to talk to you about your potential case. Call us today toll-free 24/7 at 1-(401) 200-3849 or fill out an online contact form for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.