If you or your loved one was injured or you lost someone dear to you in an electric scooter accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Our electric scooter accident lawyers in Manhattan Beach are well-versed in obtaining compensation for injured victims in accidents like this. Please call 310-870-0369 today to set up a free initial consultation.
What is an Electric Scooter?
An electric scooter is a two-wheeled device powered by an electric motor. It has handlebars, a narrow floorboard on which to stand, and can travel up to 45 miles per hour. Electric scooters are placed around busy areas of many major cities to provide quick and easy transportation.
Since companies like Bird, Lime, and others began operating scooter sharing programs, electric scooters have become a common sight in California. As a result, many people find it easier to take advantage of its convenience. But unfortunately, electric scooters' design and rising popularity make them a high-risk option for riders, pedestrians, and motorists.
Indeed, statistics show an alarming number of electric scooter accidents since 2014. For example, a UC San Francisco study reported the number of scooter-related injuries and admissions between 2014 and 2018. Injuries grew by 222% to more than 39,000 injuries, and hospital admissions increased by 365% to nearly 3,300.
Another study by the Center for Disease Control calculated that for 100,000 e-scooter trips taken, 20 individuals would end up injured in one way or the other.
Electric Scooter Laws in California
California laws require the following from electric scooter riders:
Unfortunately, electric scooter accidents still happen, and because of the devices’ design, scooter riders are more prone to severe injuries, especially when they crash with other vehicles. While a vehicle’s participants are protected with an exterior casing, scooters offer their riders no such protection.
Causes of Scooter Accidents and Injuries
Scooter accidents resulting in significant injuries can be caused by a myriad of reasons. Some examples include:
Determining Liability in Electric Scooter Accidents
Correctly determining liability in electric scooter accidents depends on the accident's cause(s). For example, if a scooter rider hits and severely injures a pedestrian, the rider is legally liable for the pedestrian’s injuries – unless there were extenuating circumstances. These circumstances may not be apparent to an average person. However, an experienced and expert electric scooter accident lawyer, such as our team at Sullivan & Sullivan, will be able to successfully provide you with strong advocacy.
Conversely, a scooter rider hit by a motor vehicle may be coaxed into admitting the accident was their fault unless they had an expert attorney in their corner. Determining liability in electric scooter accidents is not as straightforward as it sounds, and you need an attorney that is well-versed in these types of cases to represent you.
Our electric scooter accident lawyers at Sullivan & Sullivan excel at representing clients in the South Bay area in cases like this. We will ensure that you get what is due to you. Please call 310-870-0369 today to set up a free initial consultation.