Electric scooters have quickly become a popular form of transportation throughout cities in Los Angeles County. There are so many positives to renting an e-scooter. They are a fun, affordable, and a convenient alternative to driving. You can rent one on the spot using a smartphone app and simply leave it on the street once you arrive at your destination.
However, despite their popularity and convenience, they do have many downsides. Not only are riders prone to suffering broken bones and head injuries, but laws regulating their use vary greatly from city to city. These two considerations alone will make it difficult for anyone who is thinking of filing a claim to recover damages.
If you were involved in an e-scooter accident and would like to pursue legal actions against the party at-fault, please don’t hesitate to contact our team of Beverly Hills e-scooter accident attorneys 24/7 by calling (310) 919-5962 or emailing [email protected] to schedule a free consultation at our Beverly Hills personal injury law firm.
The city of Beverly Hills is one of the more anti-e-scooter cities in the state of California. As of now, e-scooters are completely banned in the city. However, this doesn’t mean that people won’t keep riding their e-scooters around town. Furthermore, neighboring cities do allow e-scooters. Therefore, it’s important to know what steps to take if you suffer an e-scooter accident.
All e-scooter companies require users to agree to certain conditions before riding. An e-scooter user agreement can also be used to determine liability after a Beverly Hills e-scooter accident. These agreements are legally binding between an e-scooter rider and the scooter company. However, these agreements may actually limit a company’s liability after an accident.
For example, consider Lime’s user agreement, which:
E-scooter user agreements are long and complex. Despite how confusing they can be, an e-scooter rider who breaks a provision in a signed user agreement can be blamed by the e-scooter company for any injuries sustained after an accident. We strongly recommend consulting with an experienced Beverly Hills e-scooter accident attorney if you have suffered injuries after an e-scooter accident.
Electric scooter injuries have reportedly surged along with their popularity in the United States, seeing 4,583 injuries in 2014, and then a steep increase to 14,641 in 2018 — a nearly triple increase.
E-scooter accidents can be caused by dangerous street conditions. In other words, a property owner can be held liable if they fail to maintain their premises in reasonably safe conditions. This applies to streets or roadways owned by a government entity.
According to California Civil Code 1714(a): “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person.”
If you have suffered injuries as a result of negligent property maintenance, you must specifically prove that:
According to a UCLA study from 2019, standing electric scooters were associated with 249 emergency room visits between September of 2017 and August of 2018 in two Los Angeles hospitals. The reported injuries included dislocations, bone fractures, lung contusions, soft-tissue injuries, and a splenic laceration.
Most victims were riders who had fallen, crashed with an object, or were struck by a vehicle. Pedestrian accidents who crashed with scooters, tripped over them, or were attempting to lift them accounted for 8.4 percent of injuries. Fortunately, none of the injuries were fatal, but two patients were sent to the intensive care unit.
Also, according to data quoted on Statista, roughly 38 percent of non-riders involved in emergency department visits associated with standing electric scooter traffic accidents that occured in California between September of 2017 and August of 2018 had some type of fracture.
People in the 18 to 34 age group are most likely to sustain e-scooter injuries. Hospital admissions in this age group skyrocketed by 354 percent between 2014 and 2018.
If you have sustained injuries after an e-scooter accident as a result of someone’s negligence or deliberate acts of malice, you have the right to hold the guilty party responsible for your losses. A Beverly Hills e-scooter accident attorney at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered.