Electric Scooter Accident
Electric scooters are the popular thing right now in major cities. They are an accessible mode of transportation to and fro the city and are readily available on several streets. They act to get past congestion but are not entirely safe for the ones riding them. E-scooters are not only dangerous to ride, but the fact that some people drive recklessly can cause a lot of safety hazards to the person riding the e-scooter or the pedestrian. There are high chances of slips and falls, accidents, and more while riding an e-scooter.
As per a Consumer Reports Investigation, there were over 1500 e-scooter related injuries in the country between 2017 and 2019.
When an e-scooter injury occurs, the victims are often unsure and unaware whether they can seek compensation from the party responsible. Proving the liable party is at fault can be challenging, and insurance companies usually try to shift the blame for medical bills or pain and suffering resulting from the accident.
With this in mind, here are three steps you should take after the accident:
- Ensure that you’re okay. If possible, call for a doctor immediately to check you out for injuries or something serious.
- Document the damage that was done and the events that led to the accident. Make a list of whatever you remember, take pictures of the vehicle, and talk to any witness if possible.
- Call the police as it’s essential to have an official police report of the accident to claim any compensation.
Who could potentially be held liable for the Accident?
There could be several parties that may be liable for the injuries and damages caused.
If you, as a pedestrian, were hit by an e-scooter, then the rider may be at fault for the injuries caused due to their negligence like speeding, not concentrating on the road ahead, and more.
Drivers of other Vehicles
If you were hit by another vehicle while riding an e-scooter, the driver could be at fault because of their negligence. You will be able to pursue a claim against the driver’s insurance company.
The Company that manufactured the E-scooter
It is quite possible that the e-scooter malfunctioned, which led to your accident, due to a fault in the machinery used in the vehicle.
If the accident occurs due to the pedestrian acting inappropriately, like walking distracted or on the main road, they may be at fault. You can pursue a claim with their insurance company.
A city can be held legally responsible for the accidents that happen due to potholes and damaged roads.
A Business or Construction Company
A business and construction company can be held liable if debris or obstructions on the property caused the accident.
What kind of Insurance Claims can you file for?
After an e-scooter accident, here are a few types of insurance claims you can file for:
- Auto insurance
- Health insurance
- Scooter insurance
- Homeowners insurance
What Kind of Compensation can you receive?
Depending on your case details, your lawyer will help with the investigation and build your case so that you can receive the compensation you deserve, as it varies from case to case. Several factors are considered for the compensation like:
- How badly are you injured
- What’s your age
- How much medical care do you require immediately after the accident
- The potential cost of medical care in the future
- How much have you lost (and will lose) in wages due to the accident
All these factors cumulatively impact your claims, and hence it’s essential to have a lawyer by your side to make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. Contact Florida scooter accident lawyer.
Contact the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato For a Free Case Evaluation
If you or your loved one were involved in an e-scooter accident, the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato might be able to represent your case. This will help you recover while our attorneys navigate the claims process or a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf.
For a free consultation on your case, call our firm today at (954) 633-8270. The earlier you call us, the earlier we can start working on your case. You can expect prompt and responsive communication from our staff throughout our work together.
The Law experts of Wolf & Pravato may be able to represent your case on a contingency fee basis with no up-front payments required to secure our legal services. Get in touch with our legal team today – call at (833) 704-4878 to book a free attorney consultation.