When it comes to navigating busy cities in the United States, it seems that there are limited options for transportation. You can access public transit, drive yourself, get a rideshare vehicle, or walk. Those who would prefer a different mode of transportation, however, now have more options available through electric rideshare scooters.
Rideshare rental scooters come with their own set of potential problems, however. Those who aren’t careful can get into accidents with these devices. If you’ve been hurt while using one and you weren’t at fault for the accident, an electric scooter accident lawyer from Rideshare Law Group may be able to help you file a legal claim and potentially receive compensation that can be used for your recovery costs.
Injuries that arise from an electric scooter accident can be severe and the injury claims are complicated. There is a lot to look over when you’re trying to discover who was at fault for your accident. Luckily, our rideshare lawyers are experienced in these matters and are ready to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Scooter Services in Major Cities
Rideshare services are coming to city sidewalks in an effort to provide more transportation methods for those who live in major metropolitan areas all over the country. Some companies you may have heard of are Lime, Bird, and Spin. Uber and Lyft have their own scooters as well. Many of them operate similarly to vehicle rideshares. You use the app, find an area with scooters, choose one, and ride it to your destination, park the scooter, and close out the ride on the app.
This seems like a nice alternative for those who don’t need or want to use a vehicle but want a faster method than walking. But people are still operating them—and people still make mistakes. While it may seem like these scooters are an easy answer for transportation, there are also many risks when riding them. Let’s take a look at how electric scooters can cause accidents and injuries.
What Are the Transportation Risks for People Using Scooters?
Rideshare scooters are relatively new to urban areas. People haven’t completely gotten used to them, so it’s likely that accidents happen because people aren’t expecting to be in situations that involve these devices.
One of the biggest risks for people riding scooters is motorists. Those who are driving cars or trucks may be accustomed to looking for other drivers on the road, but fail to notice a person riding a scooter as they try to cross the street. Pedestrians on the sidewalk may also cause accidents. If a pedestrian isn’t paying attention and walks out in front of a scooter, the rider could fall or crash into something else and sustain major injuries.
During a collision, the rider has next to no protection. If they’re in a wreck with a car or collide with a fixed object, they will likely sustain more severe injuries than the motorist. One major injury concern is a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. The impact of the crash could cause a TBI and this could permanently inhibit parts of the brain from functioning like they used to. Scooter riders are also susceptible to spinal cord injuries, back injuries, road rash, severe cuts, and broken bones.
These injuries can take months or years to recover from. But your rideshare lawyers will carefully look at your case and the injuries that you sustained. We’ll calculate your settlement, taking your medical expenses and costs of future care into account. You won’t have to worry about how you’re going to afford bills or services you may need in the future such as physical therapy or some kind of home care assistance.
It’s imperative to see a doctor after a scooter accident so they can conduct a medical evaluation. Sometimes the shock of the crash can mask symptoms, leading you to believe that you’re fine when you’re not. Waiting to see a doctor could potentially allow your injuries to worsen, which could result in needing more extensive care. Because you waited, this may affect your ability to get full compensation. Your rideshare attorneys will be able to guide you through the claim process so you don’t do anything that could risk your chances of getting the amount you’re rightfully owed.
Discovering Who Is Liable Is a Complex Matter
Every electric scooter accident case is different. There may be some where the liability is obvious, while with others it may take more time and investigation to figure out who is at fault for the scooter wreck. You may want to automatically blame the other party directly involved in the rental scooter accident, but it’s important to remain calm before you have all the facts. Keeping a cool head could help you get answers faster and that means you’ll reach your settlement more quickly.
If you were in an accident with a motorist or pedestrian, then they could be the person at fault for your injuries. They are both supposed to exercise an amount of care and because they failed to do that, someone was hurt. There’s also the chance that the rideshare company is at fault. They could have issued a faulty scooter that malfunctioned while a person was using it.
To get to the root cause of the wreck, you need a skilled attorney who has experience in these types of cases. Lawyers from Rideshare Law Group will do this and make sure the right people are held accountable.
Rideshare Law Group Can Represent You
After an electric scooter accident involving a rideshare rental company, you may feel like you’re on your own. We’re here to let you know that you aren’t alone and there are people who can help you. It’s unfair that financial responsibility for an accident that wasn’t your fault should fall on your shoulders.
Rideshare Law Group helps people all over the country. Our electric scooter accident lawyers have years of experience and the skill that it takes to get favorable results for our clients. You’ll know that a legal professional is standing at your side and is protecting your best interests.
When you have this support, you get peace of mind. While worrying about medical expenses and other damages from the accident may have been distracting you from your claim and your recovery, our scooter injury attorneys take that stress away. You’ll be able to put all your energy toward healing and getting back to normal.
You can start your legal process by contacting us today. Our lawyers will be ready to speak with you and discuss your options. From there, you can choose the best way to proceed.