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You may have noticed the recent surge in the motorized scooter industry. Companies such as Lime and Bird have sparked a trend throughout the country by renting motorized scooters designed for travel within a city.
As the popularity of dockless scooters continues to rise, so does the rate of injuries and accidents. Some accidents involving a dockless scooter consist of only one party. For example, a rider may strike an uneven surface and fall onto a sidewalk. However, many scooter accidents involve riders being hit by cars and trucks.
Although the companies behind the scooters likely have good intentions, it is clear than these vehicles pose several risks not only to riders but also to pedestrians and drivers. Therefore, it is very important to understand how to minimize the risks associated with riding these scooters and what to do in the event that you are struck by an automobile while riding a scooter.
What to Do After a Scooter Accident
If you are hit by a car while riding a scooter, your health and well-being should be your top priority. If you are feeling unwell, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 for professional medical services. If you receive medical treatment, be sure to keep a copy of all your medical bills.
After verifying your health and well-being, it is important to alert the authorities and report the accident. Provide a description of the accident to the best of your abilities to any responding officers. You should be sure to mention when and where the accident occurred, how the accident occurred, and if there were any witnesses to the accident. The officer’s report will be incorporated into the record, should you decide to take legal action.
If possible, you should also get the information of the driver of the car who struck you. Important information to collect includes the driver’s name, contact information, and insurance information, as well as the make and model of the car.
Liability and Compensation
Figuring out who will cover the costs of damages after an accident requires determining fault for the accident. If the driver is solely at fault, it is likely that their auto insurance carrier will be the source of compensation.
However, things may get trickier if the rider was at fault or partially at fault. Things may also get difficult if the scooter malfunctioned or if an unforeseen bystander, event, or object contributed to the accident.
Because establishing fault and determining who is responsible for compensating an injured rider can be a difficult task, it is worth considering consulting with a personal injury lawyer who is experienced in automobile and scooter accidents.
Consulting with a Scooter Accident Attorney
Given the relative youth of the scooter industry, it should come as no surprise that the legal issues surrounding the gadgets are still developing. Complex legal issues such as comparative negligence and liability waivers in user agreements make navigating a claim following an injury a difficult challenge.
It is therefore very important that you consider discussing any scooter-related accidents or injuries with an experienced attorney. An attorney who has handled scooter accident cases can provide you with proper guidance that can help your chances of receiving just compensation.
Our Scooter Attorneys Will Fight on Your Behalf
At Zinda Law Group, our injury attorneys can help you following a scooter accident. Our firm has the resources to help you build the strongest claim possible, and we will work tirelessly to assist you in seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Our firm also believes that an injury victim should never have to worry about being able to afford legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you pay nothing unless we win your case. That's our No Fee Guarantee.
If you would like to speak with an injury lawyer or to learn more legal issues involving dockless scooters, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free case evaluation with our accident attorneys.
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