Recovering Compensation After an Electric Scooter Accident

Recovering Compensation After an Electric Scooter Accident

In the U.S., electric scooters such as those operated by Bird, are becoming more popular. These modes of transportation were introduced as a way to ease traffic congestion on busy city streets, providing people with a personal way of getting from one place to another.

To hop on a Bird, the rider downloads an app, finds a nearby scooter and unlocks it with their phone. Although these eco-friendly machines are convenient, they also pose health and safety hazards to riders and those sharing the road with them.

Causes of Electric Scooter Accidents

On its site, Bird advises riders to wear protective gear, ride in designated lanes where available, and park scooters in safe areas. However, even with taking safety precautions, they could be in danger of being involved in a crash that results in injury. Conversely, if a person does not operate the scooter carefully, they could also cause a collision.

Various factors could cause electric scooter accidents, including:

  • Objects on the road: For example, the rider could be flung from the machine if the front tire hits a pothole or raised area of the ground.
  • Equipment failures: Unfortunately, handlebars could become loose, tires could lose pressure, or brakes could fail, making it difficult to operate the scooter safely.
  • Others on streets and sidewalks: Riders must share the road with pedestrians, bicyclists, and/or motorists. If others aren’t paying attention, they may not see the scooter around them, which could result in a collision.
  • Rider errors: Electric scooters travel at around 15 mph, and riders are often hard to see. If they are using the machine in a prohibited area or not operating it safely, someone could collide with them.
  • Unsafe storage: If a rider parks there scooter in a way that blocks doorways or sidewalks, pedestrians could trip over them and suffer injuries.

Responsibility for an Electric Scooter Accident

After an accident, pursuing a claim to get compensation for losses and expenses requires determining the reason and who could be held liable. For example, if a mechanical malfunction led to the collision, the company might be responsible for damages. The rider could also be at-fault if their recklessness resulted in an accident. If a driver or cyclist was distracted and they collided with a person on an electric scooter, they might be responsible.

Schedule a Free Consultation with The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus

Our team is committed to helping electronic scooter accident victims get the settlement they deserve for medical bills, pain/suffering, and lost wages. We have over 30 years of experience and have handled thousands of personal injury cases, and we know what it takes to build effective legal strategies. Our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for past clients, and we are ready to work toward a favorable result on your behalf.

If you were injured in an electric scooter accident, either as a rider or colliding with one, call our team at (800) 905-8777 or contact us online.

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