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, aka Birds, overzealous pigeons or majestic eagles? The debate is on.
Here’s the deal, 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. And with any new form of transportation, there comes licensing and permitting issues as well as a learning curve for not only the users, but also those that must encounter the motorized scooters, like other vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists. And of course, motorized scooter accident injuries will and have happened, some quite serious.
For the unfamiliar, these motorized scooters have a skateboard-like deck to stand on, two small wheels, a steering column, and handlebars. The small engines that power them usually top out at 15-17 mph. Companies typically require a valid driver’s license, the rider to be over 18, and to agree to wear a helmet, to stay off the sidewalk, and to electronically sign a waiver of liability. Pretty much after that it’s a free for all as to where users ride them as well 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 motorized scooter 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 trips in a car will be evolving and people will get hurt. Personal injury lawsuits not only provide redress for your injuries, but 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.