We see South Florida residents riding around on electric scooters very frequently — and why shouldn’t we? The weather is beautiful, so it makes sense for more and more people to ride an electric scooter to get around, rather than be trapped inside their cars. (see also bird scooter lawsuit)
It’s also very easy and inexpensive to rent one of these electric scooters, also known as e-scooters. They are quickly becoming a preferred method of transportation for getting around Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
But, there is more to these scooters than meets the eye.
Sure, these e-scooters are fun and make you look “cool” while you’re riding in the wind, but there is absolutely no protection for riders should they find themselves in an accident. They are the only ones getting hurt. Pedestrians accidents are also very common in Fort Lauderdale and there is a scooter ban during spring break. Unlike an automobile, there are no windows, doors, or strong metal material surrounding you that can protect you from outside dangers.
It’s important to take scooter safety precautions when participating in any kind of vehicular activity, especially one that does not provide adequate protection. Remember these safety guidelines when riding your electric scooters, and make sure to share with your friends and family who ride them as well.
- You must be 18 years old to rent an e-scooter.
- Wear a helmet and other protective gear.
- Do not operate a scooter while intoxicated or drowsy.
- Never carry a passenger; e-scooters are made to accommodate one standing operator.
- Do not use a cell phone while in motion.
- Follow all posted city and municipal rules which may prohibit riding on the sidewalk.
- Never ride a scooter on a highway or the Florida Turnpike.
Our South Florida law firm, Wolf & Pravato, specializes in personal injury law. With e-scooter accidents becoming more and more prevalent in our Fort Lauderdale community, our auto accident attorneys have also come to specialize in these particular kinds of cases as well.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an e-scooter accident, it’s time to call on our electric scooter accident attorneys in Fort Lauderdale to help you recover your deserved damages for medical bills, lost pay, and any other losses due to your accident.
Our Fort Lauderdale attorneys will always fight to win every case and to maximize every claim, and we want to be able to do this for you. In order for us to do, there are a few things you need to make sure you do immediately following your electric scooter accident.
First things first. Get medical care! Do not wait, and most importantly, do not disregard even the most minor of scratches, bumps and bruises. Sometimes it could take hours or even days before symptoms from injuries, such as whiplash, to reveal themselves. A medical professional should be the only one to accurately assess whether or not you have sustained any injuries from your accident — do not try to diagnose, or not diagnose, yourself.
As a personal injury law firm in Fort Lauderdale, we are well aware of the recent sharp rise in electric scooter injuries, and are well equipped to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Our team of electric scooter accident lawyers know the ins and outs of Florida’s liability laws, as well as the insurance claims process. We will do all of the legwork and research needed to find out if you are eligible for compensation for damages.
If our accident attorneys are able to show that you were indeed the victim of someone’s negligence, there is an opportunity for you to receive compensatory damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other expenses.
There are a few conditions that must be considered in order to show negligence. We must:
Establish that the driver (or person who caused the accident) had a duty of care to act safely and reasonably to avoid the collision.
Show that the driver was negligent by failing to uphold this duty of care (for example, distracted driving or speeding).
Establish that the accident caused you to suffer bodily injuries and property damage.
Demonstrate how these injuries have caused you damages in the form of physical, emotional, or financial harm.
There are two types of damages that you could recover after an electric scooter accident, and it’s our job at Wolf & Pravato to help determine if you quality for one, or both, of these damages.
Special damages refer to the specific expenses that come as a result from the accident itself, and they depend on the circumstances and severity of your injuries.
These could include things like:
- ambulance and emergency room services
- lost pay
- reduced earning ability as a result of your injuries (temporary or permanent)
- past and ongoing medical bills such as rehabilitative therapy
- prescription medicine
- and others, property damage, and reimbursement for alternative transportation
Our accident lawyers will take care of submitting all necessary paperwork, including medical bills and pay stubs, that act as evidence of accident-related expenses.
The other type of damage, referred to as general damages, are determined through careful consideration of your injuries, special damages, and projected health outcome.
Common types of general damages include temporary or permanent disability, disfigurement, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of companionship or consortium, lost income, or in the worst case scenario, wrongful death.
Electric scooter accidents are just as devastating as automobile accidents, with injuries happening to riders up to ten times every week. These injuries include everything from concussions, broken/fractured/crushed bones, abrasions and whiplash to traumatic brain injuries, internal bleeding and organ damage and spinal cord injuries.
Even if you have only sustained a minor injury, there is still cause for concern, and still a reason for you to reach out to our Florida personal injury law firm for help.