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What should I do if I am Injured on a Lime Scooter?
If you have walked around Austin lately, you may have seen a Lime electric scooter lying on the sidewalk or zipping past you on the road. They have green accents with white frames with the name "Lime" in black letters down the front.
Electric scooters are marketed as a service to provide smart, affordable mobility. Lime allows anyone with a smartphone to rent and use their e-scooters around Austin. You will see them in places like Zilker Park, South Congress, and many other popular destinations.
If you or a loved was injured on a Lime scooter, either by a faulty scooter or because of another road users' negligence, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
For a 100% free consultation, call our electric scooter accident lawyers on (888) 659-9392 for a no obligation conversation. Tell us about your case, and if you choose us to represent you, you pay nothing unless we win your case – that's our No Fee Guarantee.
Electric Scooter Safety
Regardless of whether it is Lime, Bird, JUMP, Lyft or another e-scooter brand you choose to ride, accidents can happen. A recent study conducted by the Public Health and Transportation departments in Austin, Texas, in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), identified a total of 271 people with potential scooter-related injuries from September 5th through November 30th, 2018. The study was presented by the CDC at its Epidemic Intelligence Service conference in Atlanta.
Speed and Distance
Lime Scooters are capable of accelerating to 15 mph and have a range up to 20 miles. This means you can quickly find yourself far away from where you started, so you should always be aware of road conditions to help ensure you aren’t injured while operating a scooter.
Where can I ride a Lime Scooter in Austin, TX?
You can ride these electric scooters throughout Austin but should avoid trails and other rougher terrain areas. In some cases, e-scooter operators have implemented geo-fencing to ensure riders are not traveling to areas where they are not allowed. Some of the common electric scooter regulations are:
When riding a Scooter around Austin make sure you:
- Yield to pedestrians on the sidewalks
- Park the scooter in a secure, upright position in designated areas and give at least 3 feet of clearance on sidewalks
- Don’t take scooters to private property, parkland or state-owned land unless otherwise authorized
- Follow Austin city traffic laws
A scooter rider must:
- Have a valid driver’s license
- Wear a helmet during use
A scooter rider must not:
When operating a scooter, it's critical you operate your scooter caution and care. This means following some basic safety rules like:
- Not riding with any passengers
- Not riding the scooter on the sidewalk
- Not leaving the scooter on the sidewalk unless parked in a position that leaves room for pedestrians
- Avoid riding the scooter at night
- Don’t carry packages that may hinder the operation of the scooter
Lime Scooter accidents can occur for a range of reasons and range from user negligence, other drivers and defective equipment. A quick search online will highlight other reasons you could be injured while operating a Lime Scooter like:
- Malfunctioning scooters
- Scooters flipping over
- Uneven surfaces causing a fall
- Hit by a car, truck or commercial vehicle while on an e-scooter
- Collisions with pedestrians
As seen in the media, common Lime scooter malfunctions have been reported as:
- Accelerators stuck in place
- Faulty Brakes
- Loose or no secure handlebars
These generally mean the scooter itself was not fit for use, it may have malfunctioned, brakes did not work, accelerated got stuck. In these cases, Lime may be at fault, if it can be shown the scooter was not properly maintained by the company.
How do I know if my injuries warrant an attorney?
If you are injured on a Lime Scooter and the result was because of an action the user initiated, you most likely won’t need an attorney. User Negligence occurs when the user did not adhere to the rules of the road, was not paying attention or in other ways caused the accident. In these cases, the scooter user may not have a strong injury case as it may be proven that they caused the accident themselves.
However if your injuries were the result of another’s driver negligence, such as a car, bike, or commercial vehicle you may be entitled to seek compensation.
In some cases, your accident and injuries may be the case of defective equipment either from neglect or faulty components. In these cases, you may be able to seek damages from Lime directly to help pay for medical bills and other expenses incurred as the result of your injury.
What to do after an Accident
Following an accident that was not your fault, to seek compensation and bring forth a personal injury lawsuit there are a few steps that you need to follow:
1. Seek Medical Attention
Immediately after the incident, take a second to assess your injuries and also check to see if other people involved are injured. Call an ambulance immediately to ensure that you and others receive medical attention. This is of utmost import for your health and is also useful if you proceed with an injury claim as you will need medical records to prove your injuries when filing a lawsuit.
2. Call the Police
It is very important that you report the scooter accident to the authorities. The police will take details of the accident, be sure to be as thorough as possible.
3. Gather Information
It is essential that you have all the details necessary to make a claim. To ensure you covered everything you should note the following:
- Photos of the accident scene
- Photos of the cause of the accident
- Details of any eyewitnesses
- Look around and note if there were any surveillance cameras in operation that may have recorded the incident
- If you were hit by a car, note the driver's details and vehicle details such as license plate number, driver license number, and insurance information.
4. Call a Personal Injury Lawyer
To gain a better understanding of your current legal rights, speak with an attorney. A lawyer can advise you best and help you seek compensation for your injuries. When an attorney takes your case, they will:
- Gather all documentation needed to seek compensation
- Negotiate with insurance companies to seek settlement of your case
- Take care of the legal matters while you to focus on your recovery
Who is at Fault?
In the process of determining fault, there are a few areas you will need to investigate yourself, or you can seek counsel with an attorney who helps with personal injury cases. They will focus primarily on four areas.
The Scooter Company
In cases where a device malfunctions, the scooter company could be held liable. Users have reported the following malfunctions:
- Brakes malfunction
- Accelerator gets stuck
In both cases, the rider can lose control and injure themselves on the sidewalk, pavement or any other hard surfaces.
Other Road Users
Other road users have been known to cause an accident and injure a scooter rider. In these cases where the cause of the accident can be attributed to another road user, they could be held liable. Some common types of other road user accidents are:
- Hit by a commercial vehicle while on a scooter
- Hit by a car while on a scooter
- Hit by a cyclist while on a scooter
- Hit by a bus while on a scooter
In these cases, the scooter rider can sustain severe injuries as a result of the driver's negligence
Pedestrians also have a duty of care to those around them to ensure their actions do not lead to an accident. In cases where a pedestrian acts in a way that breaches that duty of care, they may be held liable for the accident.
Property owners or business owners also have a duty of care to maintain a safe environment for those who are on their property. If a property or business owner fails to keep their environment safe and clear of hazards, a scooter rider could find themselves in an accident. In these cases, the business owner may be found liable for the incident.
How do I File an E-Scooter Accident Lawsuit?
Filing a lawsuit on your own can be a very complex and lengthy process. If you do plan you file a claim, our attorneys can help. We break down the filling process into three easy steps, and we will be with you every step of the way and make the claims process as straight forward as possible for you:
1. 100% Free Consultation
Your health is vital to your ability to earn income and providing for you and your family, and it is of utmost importance that you seek medical attention straight away following an accident or injury. Once you have been seen to, we always advise that you should speak with a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. We offer 100% free consultations to help you understand your position better, without having to worry about consultation fees in the process.
Our attorneys will evaluate your case and based on their experience be able to advise you on whether they think you have a claim against Lime Scoter.
If you have a strong case, your attorney will then take the time to investigate your claim and in doing so will gather documents and information needed to file your claim. This will also include requesting medical records, as you will need these to prove your injuries. Our attorneys will advocate for you to ensure the process is as easy as possible.
With our attorneys leading the way you can focus on recovery, while we focus on settling your case!
At this point, your attorney has gotten your claim under control, will reach out to seek compensation either from Lime (if your scooter was defective) or the other party at fault (if a car or other road user had hit you).
Scooter Accident Settlements
If you were injured while riding a Lime scooter, you should understand the full extent of your injuries, including both economic and non-economic damages. Due to the exposed nature of a scooter rider, the chance of you experiencing a catastrophic injury from being struck by a car may be higher than a collision involving two automobiles.
Scooter accident compensation may be categorized into two areas:
- Medical expenses
- Cost of future medical expenses
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of future earnings
- Household expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Psychological injury
- Loss of enjoyment of life
To seek these damages as part of your settlement, you will need to show expenses incurred and medical records. Your attorney will help you in gathering these documents and from that be in a position to advise you how much they think your claim is worth.
Talk To Zinda Law Group
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Our accident lawyers are on hand to help you navigate the legal process, and if you can't make it to us, we will come to you. We know that it can be daunting to file a claim for the first time. That is why we have everything covered, allowing you to focus on your recovery while we focus on settling your case. We have the resources and experience necessary to help you build the strongest claim possible and seek maximum compensation for all the ways your injury has cost you.
At Zinda Law Group we believe Lime scooter Injury victims should never have to worry about their ability to afford excellent legal representation and care. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and you pay nothing unless we receive a favorable, judgment, or verdict in your personal injury case. That's our No Fee Guarantee.
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