Since its conception in 1996, the invention of the electric scooter has worked its way from serving as an infrequent luxury to a daily essential item used for much more than just pleasure, but for commuting and general travel. Major companies, such as Bird, Lime, and Jump, have created scooter ride sharing communities that have introduced electric scooters into mainstream society.
With the convenience of the “drop and go” policy, riders are able to smoothly drop their off-road vehicles almost anywhere, making it easier to get to work and reach appointments. However, the shadow side to this electric phenomenon is that with more scooters on our already congested roads, it is more likely for an accident to occur. If you or a loved one have been injured in a scooter accident, you may have a personal injury case.
Victims of personal injury are welcomed to contact our qualified scooter accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers. We will help strengthen your claim and negotiate with insurance companies to get you the compensation you deserve.
Dockless electric scooters are responsible for over 38.5 million trips a year according to a study from the National Associate of City Transport officials. The Centers for Disease Control also conducted a study which indicates that 20 riders are injured for every 100,000 e-scooter trips. In these accidents, most sustained head injuries and more unfortunate victims maintained traumatic brain injuries.
The study mentions that most of these accidents could have been avoided. However, the rider was not wearing a helmet. In fact, only one out of 190 injured scooter riders were reported to have been wearing a helmet.
As more off-road vehicles enter the already saturated California streets, the potential of an accident drastically increases.
Below is a detailed list of the injuries you could potentially receive from a scooter accident.
Head or Brain Injury. Head and brain injuries occur when damage has been done to the skull. Common head injuries include:
Neck or Back Injury. Neck and back injuries can cause extreme and debilitating pain, even if the damage avoids major nerves. Numbness, tingling, and paralysis can occur if damage to the neck and the back is not checked in a timely fashion.
Facial Injuries. Facial injuries affect areas around the mouth, such as the lips and teeth, but can also include areas around the eyes and cheeks. Symptoms may include:
Chest or Abdomen Injury. Those who injure their chest or abdomen will have these symptoms:
Spinal Cord Injury. Spinal cord injuries tend to be the most severe and can have lifelong effects. Symptoms of a spinal cord injury may include:
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.