If you’ve walked around Atlanta lately, chances are you’ve seen Lime or Bird electric scooters conveniently located on the sidewalks for you to rent. These electric scooters provide a cheap and efficient way for you to reach your destination.
Electric scooters, like other motorized vehicles, are typically driven on the road, not the sidewalk. That means that electric scooter users are just as susceptible to motor vehicle accidents as motorcyclists and bicyclists. However, unlike motorcyclists and bicyclists, electric scooter riders tend not to wear protective headgear because their scooter rental was a spur-of-the-moment decision. That means that scooter riders are typically even more susceptible to serious injuries than motorcyclists or bicyclists.
If you decide to ride an electric scooter, it is very important that you take precautions to avoid the risk of serious injury. If you are injured in a scooter accident that was not your fault, you should hire an experienced Atlanta accident attorney from Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers LLC.
Chances are the insurer of the vehicle that injured you will try to blame you. In order to overcome that defense and obtain the compensation you deserve, you should contact our electric scooter accident legal team at (404) 419-6674, or contact us online.
Common Electric Scooter Accidents and Injuries
There are many reasons that electric scooter accidents occur, including:
- Losing control of the scooter due to a bump, crack, or pothole in the road
- Losing control of the scooter due to a vehicle malfunction
- Losing control of the scooter due to a brake failure
- Falling from the scooter
- Unexpected acceleration of the scooter
- A defective or vandalized scooter
- Getting “doored” by a vehicle
- Getting struck by a vehicle
- Getting hit by a bicycle or pedestrian
These types of accidents can lead to severe lacerations, road rash, scarring, broken bones, dislocations, back injuries, neck injuries, concussions and traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other serious and catastrophic injuries.
What Do I Do If I’ve Been Injured in an Electric Scooter Accident?
If you’ve been injured in an electric scooter accident that wasn’t your fault, it is critical that you get a statement from a collision scene witness. If you don’t have a witness that supports you, the at fault driver’s insurance carrier will usually deny you fair compensation by arguing that it’s a “he said/she said” situation where no one can tell which side is telling the truth.
The insurance carrier also knows that many potential jurors have a negative perception of electric scooter users because some scooter users are careless when they ride their scooters (recently an electric scooter rider was photographed using the I85-75 connector during rush hour!). In other words, the insurance carrier hopes that in a disputed liability case, the jury will side with the at fault driver – not the scooter user.
A witness statement will also help you overcome the insurer’s argument that the electric scooter was a contributing cause of the collision (e.g. it was damaged or not working properly).
To summarize, if you obtain a witness statement at the time of the collision, the insurance carrier loses its ability to credibly dispute fault.
What If I’m Partially at Fault?
Those of us who’ve rented an electric scooter know that the scooter manufacturers like Lime and Bird don’t require us to undergo any training – or even require us to wear a helmet – before riding the scooter. That lack of safety training increases the chances that we will get involved in a scooter accident. You may not expect the scooter to suddenly accelerate, and you may not anticipate how long it takes the scooter to brake when traveling at 15 miles per hour.
If you’re injured in an electric scooter accident that was partially your fault (i.e. you momentarily glanced down at the LED display on the scooter and didn’t see a pothole in front of you), you may still be able to recover compensation for your injuries if another vehicle was also at fault (i.e. a drunk driver crossed the center line of the road and ran over you after you hit the pothole and flew over your handlebars).
Georgia follows a modified comparative negligence rule. That means that if you are partially at fault for causing the scooter accident, the amount of compensation you’re awarded by a jury is reduced by your percentage of fault for the collision – so long as you were not 50% or more at fault for causing the collision.
So, for example, if a jury determined that you were 49% at fault for causing the collision, and they awarded you $100,000 damages, your award would be reduced by $49,000 to $51,000. Unfortunately, if a jury determined that you were 50% at fault for causing the collision, and they awarded you $100,000 damages you would recover nothing because you were equally responsible for causing the collision.
Call Our Scooter Accident Lawyers Right Away
When you’re injured in a scooter accident, the vehicle driver that injured you or their insurer will blame you – even when they caused the collision. Don’t let them add insult to injury.
Even if it is a close call regarding who was at fault for causing the collision, you may still be able to receive fair compensation for your losses. In many cases, insurance companies will still pay close to the full value of your damages if you were seriously injured. However, it is unlikely that you will get that result without hiring a veteran electric scooter attorney that knows how to prevail in disputed liability cases.
At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, we have successfully represented motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians for decades – the injured victims that automobile and truck drivers used to pick-on before electric scooters hit the road. We understand how to maximize our client’s chances of success in disputed liability cases.
To learn more about your legal rights after you were injured in a scooter accident, call us at (404) 419-6674, or contact us online to schedule your free, no-risk consultation.