Motorized Scooter Accident Injuries
Learn about the latest form of personal transportation, why it’s causing such a fuss, and what to do if you’ve been injured on or by a motorized scooter.
Are motorized scooters convenient or dangerous? The debate is on.
Companies like Bird, LimeBike, and Spin have dropped thousands of their motorized scooters in Los Angeles, especially in beach cities like Santa Monica and Venice Beach. As with any new form of transportation, there comes licensing and permitting issues as well as a learning curve. That’s not only for the users, but also for those that cross paths with motorized scooters, like other vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists. And of course, motorized scooter accident injuries will and have happened, some quite serious.
For those that don’t know, these motorized scooters have a skateboard-like deck to stand on, two small wheels, a steering column, and handlebars. Their small engines usually top out at 15-17 mph.
Motorized scooter companies require riders to be over 18, have a valid driver’s license and electronically sign a waiver of liability. The law requires riders to stay off the sidewalk, but many flaunt that regulation. Frankly, it’s pretty much a free for all as to where riders go and where they leave them.
Scooter Accidents Can Lead to Serious Injuries
Motorized scooter injury accidents between scooters and other motorists, as well bicyclists and pedestrians can result in:
- Fractures or broken bones
- Dislocated joints, especially shoulders from bracing falls
- Traumatic brain injury, including concussions, which can occur with or without a helmet
- Neck and spinal injuries that can result in temporary or permanent paralysis
- Cuts, lacerations, and abrasions
- Wrongful death
Consult a Lawyer After an Electric Scooter Accident
If you’ve been injured riding a motorized scooter or by a motorized scooter, it’s vital to engage a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer to investigate and analyze the accident as well as the user agreement to maximize your recovery against at-fault parties. This new form of transportation that is supposed to avoid short car trips or long walks will be evolving and people will get hurt. Personal injury lawsuits not only provide justice and compensation for your injuries, they also help to make our streets, cities, friends, and family safer as companies and users will have to adapt to safer guidelines.
The Dominguez Firm has experienced motorized scooter injury lawyers to assist and get you the compensation you deserve. If there is no recovery, there is no fee! Call now for a free consultation at 800-818-1818.