Scooters have become a popular form of transportation in California. They are fun, inexpensive, and convenient. However, it is no secret that they can be very dangerous. A vast majority of all scooter accidents are caused by someone’s negligence. However, many scooter accidents are actually caused by defective or broken scooters.
Below, our experienced scooter accident lawyers will discuss scooter accidents that are caused by defective or broken scooters. If you or a loved one suffered injuries as a result of a scooter accident, West Coast Trial Lawyers is always here to answer any questions you may have about claims and damages available to you.
The existence of defective scooters is more common than most people know. Lime, in particular, has already issued at least three recalls in recent times for various types of scooter malfunctions. It goes without saying that such safety issues can play a huge role in causing a scooter accident.
For example, in November of last year, Lime recalled several scooters with batteries that were very likely to explode in flames without any warning. It was determined that this hazard was most likely the result of a manufacturing flaw. That was just the beginning. Soon after, Lime scooters also recalled several of their scooters because of defective baseboards, which had the potential of shattering in half while a rider was on board. The most recent recall occurred this year as a result of a scooter software malfunction that was known to cause sudden braking.
A few of the most common scooter defects include:
A scooter rider has a reasonable expectation for a safe product. He or she has no control whatsoever over the safety of the scooter they are riding on, and they are placing their well being in the hands of a scooter company. If a scooter company does not maintain their scooters or releases a defective product for the public to use, they may be subject to liability for any injuries or losses caused.
Therefore, an aggrieved individual is entitled to bring a personal injury claim against a scooter company if he or she was injured by a damaged or defective scooter. However, it is very important to understand that it must have been the defective scooter that caused your injuries, and not your own behavior.
In other words, if you were hurt because of your own negligence, you will not likely be entitled to filing a claim against the scooter company. An example of negligence on a rider’s behalf would be riding while intoxicated, not riding safely, and not wearing a helmet. If you can prove that it was indeed the defective scooter that caused your injuries, you should be entitled to receive compensation for your losses.
If you or a loved one was involved in a scooter accident, our qualified scooter accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. There are no financial risks involved when using our services.