Electric scooters are a relatively new method of transportation and they have been sweeping through major cities by storm. These scooters have particularly gained popularity among younger consumers since they are app-based, which makes them accessible and convenient.
Companies that offer electric scooters for rent have been opposed by some because they are considered a public nuisance. Opposers claim that these dockless apparatuses clutter the sidewalks and leave cities looking vandalized. But electric scooter companies face more than opposition, they sometimes face legal issues.
Injuries Associated With Electric Scooters
Depending on the electric scooter company and the city in which the electric scooter is being operated in, some scooters have the capacity to go as fast as 15 miles per hour. In a car, these speeds may seem low but for an inexperienced scooter user, an accident at this speeds can cause serious injuries. Presently, scooter companies do not offer their scooters with helmets and many argue that these shared devices should come with shared helmets. Without a helmet, a rider who suffers an accident at top speed can suffer serious traumatic brain injuries. The following are other injuries associated with the use of an electric scooter: Broken or fractured bones, Sprains, Bruising, Lacerations, Disfigurement, Neck injuries, Spinal cord injuries, Head trauma, and or Traumatic brain injury.
According to the Dockless Electric Scooter-Related Injuries Study, a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in partnership with the City of Austin, a total of about 270 individuals suffered scooter-related injuries in a 3-month span. The study indicated that during the 3 month-span, there were 20 reported injuries per 100,000 electric scooter trips. Of those who sustained injuries, about 50 percent sustained head injuries and fifteen percent suffered a traumatic brain injury. A majority of these injuries could have been prevented with the use of a helmet but only one rider out of 190 riders was wearing a helmet.
After an E-Scooter Accident, Consult the Legal Support of an Experienced Attorney
E-scooters are new and this usually means that a majority of users do not have much experience in using the technology. When going at top speeds, an electric scooter accident has the capacity of causing serious injuries to the rider, especially because a majority of the riders do not wear a helmet when using a device. If you were injured while using an electric scooter, you may have an opportunity to receive financial compensation. In the State of California, if your injuries were caused by another’s negligence, you have the legal right to pursue a personal injury claim; seek the legal advice of an experienced attorney today.
The attorneys at RM Law Group, LLP, have many years of committed experience helping victims of electric scooter accidents involving automobiles receive compensation for their injuries. After an accident, many victims are often left with bodily pain, emotional anguish, and serious economic distress. If you were injured while using an electric scooter, a skilled personal injury attorney can help you in your recovery.