Throughout 2018 and into 2019, electric scooters have been booming across the nation.
Providing an easier way to get around town, these scooters have become popular for people that want to get from point A to point B a little faster.
That doesn’t mean that these scooters come without risks, however, as they can be dangerous in certain situations.
Being involved in a scooter accident can be a scary situation, but if you want to learn about determining fault and filing a claim, keep reading.
Potential Danger in Using Electric Scooters
There are not any official reports on how many injuries have been caused by electric scooters, but doctors and emergency room employees report that there is an increase.
Electric scooters are able to travel around 20 miles per hour, which is fast enough to cause some major injury in the event of an accident. If you’re all the way up to speed on a scooter, you need to be more careful than when you’re going slower.
Knowing the dangers of electric scooters can help you stay safe when you’re using one, so be prepared before you hit the road. There are hazards that electric scooters can pose to the riders, other drivers on the road, and pedestrians nearby.
Most of the time, electric scooters are very quiet and small, so they are hard for drivers to notice. You may notice an electric scooter has small wheels, so they aren’t as stable as a bike or a car. You can easily fall off if you hit a bump at faster speeds.
If you don’t have a lot of experience riding scooters, you need to exercise caution on electric scooters. There is no training available to rent a scooter and use it safely, but you need to be aware of surroundings at all times.
Be sure to wear a helmet if you decide to rent a scooter and other safety equipment may be warranted as well.
Who’s at Fault in a Scooter Accident?
Unfortunately, there are no federal laws to deal with electric scooter accidents, but many cities that allow them have created their own laws to increase safety.
For instance, in California, there is a statewide law that says anyone under the age of 18 has to wear a helmet if they are on an electric scooter. In the same state, it is the law to travel on electric scooters only on roadways where the speed limit is 35 mph or lower (unless there is a bike lane).
Determining the fault during a scooter accident will be based on the laws in your state, but if your state doesn’t have any laws yet, it’s much more up in the air.
Who is Liable for Damages?
Even when someone is as careful as possible when they are on an electric scooter, accidents are still a possibility.
In most instances, whoever was at fault for the accident is going to be liable. This could be the scooter rider or the driver of a vehicle. Negligence is the biggest factor in these types of accidents.
Similarly to when cars cause an accident, the liability for damages will be dependent on the specific situation.
Scooter Rider Causes an Accident
A scooter rider may accidentally merge into the road or do so without warning. This could cause a car to swerve, making the negligent scooter rider at fault for any accident that may occur.
In this situation, the scooter rider is liable for damages caused to any vehicles involved. If there were injuries, disabilities, or deaths caused by the negligence, the riders are liable for that as well.
Vehicle Hits a Scooter Rider
If a car hits a scooter because the driver is negligent, the car’s driver will be found at fault. This is similar to if a car were to hit a pedestrian or another car.
The driver in this situation would have to cover damages to the scooter and injuries to the rider. Luckily, car insurance is likely going to help cover the costs in these circumstances.
The Scooter Hits a Car
It is the scooter rider’s responsibility to keep control of the scooter and maintain a safe speed. If the scooter hits a car or the rider accidentally drives into a vehicle, the rider is liable for damages.
This is the same as if the scooter rider was driving a car, as they would be liable in that situation as well.
How to File a Scooter Accident Claim
Filing an electric scooter accident claim is complicated, especially when the laws in your state are less specific. You need the help of a qualified and experienced accident attorney to guide you along the way.
You must have supporting evidence, such as photos of the accident, police reports, or medical reports. This will help you during the process of filing a claim, so having it ready from the beginning is crucial.
Your attorney will help you study the case and figure out what you need to do next.
A person can receive compensation following a scooter accident for lost wages, medical expenses, psychological damages, and loss of property.
Have You Been Involved in a Scooter Accident?
After a scooter accident, you need to get some professional assistance from an accident attorney.
They will give you the information you need to be successful in filing a claim and getting compensation for someone else’s negligence.
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