The use of electric scooters has become more popular than ever. With scooter companies such as Bird, Lime, and others, scooter riders have the opportunity to get around with ease and convenience.
Scooters and Electric Scooters
While fun to ride, scooters can be dangerous, especially in a major city like Baltimore and the District of Columbia. Companies like Bird and Lime have placed their product on the streets and sidewalks of major cities across America. And while these new forms of transportation can be convenient, they can also be dangerous. Recent studies have shown that electric scooters can be as dangerous as motorcycles. Moreover, scooters may be hazardous to the people who ride them and pedestrians as well.
Scooter Accidents and Scooter Injuries
Unfortunately, electric scooter accidents happen more often than people may expect. If a scooter company is negligent in maintaining their scooters (e.g., braking systems) or their scooters malfunction, injuries may occur. Scooter crashes and accidents can happen and hurt scooter operators, pedestrians, motorists, and bicyclists alike. Some serious injuries we see from scooter accidents include: broken bones, head injuries/brain injuries, lacerations, and other scooter injuries requiring a trip to the emergency room. Additionally, if a scooter and a bike or motor vehicle are in an accident together, property damage may result. Scooters can also pose a risk to pedestrians.
What Should I do if I am in a Scooter Accident?
If you suffer an injury in a scooter or e-scooter accident, there are a few steps you can take:
- Most importantly, if you are injured, seek medical attention as quickly as possible. If you need to contact emergency services, dial 911 or ask someone nearby to dial 911.
- Collect the information of everyone involved. If you are operating a scooter and are in an accident with a car, get the driver’s information, such as their insurance company information, the information on their driver’s license, and their contact information. If you are involved in an accident with a pedestrian or other scooter rider, get their contact information.
- If you were operating a motorized scooter and are injured due to braking problems or other scooter malfunctions, document the accident with photographs and note any scooter information, such as the scooter or e-scooter company name and any scooter ID numbers if available. If you struck a pothole or other road hazard, document that with photographs.
- Even if you feel okay after an accident, there may be underlying injuries such as soft tissue damage, head injuries/brain injuries, and other injuries. If you start to feel pain, get dizzy, have trouble with your vision, or other problems after the accident, make sure you seek medical attention.
- Contact a personal injury attorney or law firm that works with scooter accident victims. Hiring the right personal injury lawyer can be the difference between scooter and e-scooter riders having a successful claim and an unsuccessful claim.
Get a Free Consultation with Dross Berman – Your Scooter Accident Lawyers
At Dross Berman, we know scooter accidents. Our personal injury and scooter accident attorneys are ready to help you get compensated to pay for medical bills and medical expenses, as well as lost wages and more from accident injuries. If you suffer injury from another scooter rider, bicyclist, or pedestrian, their homeowner insurance coverage can pay for a personal injury claim. If you are involved in an accident with a driver, their automobile insurance can pay for a personal injury claim. Contact us today for a case evaluation. Don’t settle without proper legal advice for your injury claim.