Scooters are becoming more available in American cities. Chances are you’ll see one or more electric scooters ready to be picked up for a ride on majority of the streets around your area. They are useful, eco-friendly, and light-weight – ideal for navigating through heavy city traffic.
Scooters became publically available in U.S. cities in 2017. By 2019, e-scooter rides had increased to approximately 88 million trips annually. With its popularity, comes a multitude of issues – including electric scooter accidents and injuries. According to statistics, about 30 people in the United States have been killed while riding electric scooters since 2018 – 80 % of them were struck by drivers of automobiles.
TYPES OF INJURIES SUFFERED FROM SCOOTER RELATED ACCIDENTS
Similar to motorcycle accidents, if you are struck by a vehicle while riding a scooter, chances are you’ll end up falling on the pavement. The lack of safety devices such as airbags and seat belts may likely cause more serious injuries. Since most of the scooter accidents would involve the rider hitting the ground after an accident with another automobile, the likely injuries from scooter related accidents can be severe:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Bone fractures and bone bruising
- Organ bruising and injuries
- Deep scratches and lacerations
- Bruising and cuts
- Severe bleeding
- Nerve and ligament injuries
- In most severe cases even death
If you have been injured in a scooter accident and were struck by a vehicle, be sure to call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room or urgent care. Getting assessed by a medical professional after a scooter accident would prevent future injuries and complications of your symptoms. An experienced accident lawyer from Aratta Law will help you file or obtain police reports, investigate your injury claim, and find all possible avenues of recovery based on the circumstances of the accident.
HIT AND RUN ACCIDENTS AND SCOOTER INJURIES – WHY UNINSURED MOTORIST COVERAGE IS CRUCIAL
Similar to pedestrians getting struck by an automobile, if you are riding a scooter and you’re hit by an automobile, you can claim your own auto insurance company’s Uninsured Motorist / Underinsured Motorist coverage, if the driver that struck you is either uninsured or does not have enough liability limits to cover for your injuries. Likewise, if a driver struck you and subsequently flees the scene of the accident, your UM policy will most likely apply depending on the circumstances of the accident. That being said, if you are using a scooter to go to work or you enjoy riding through the city during the weekend to catch a breeze, be sure your auto policy contains UM / UIM coverage and remember higher coverage limits would offer you better protection after an injury.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A SCTOOTER ACCIDENT
If you are able, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room or urgent care. Even if you don’t have health insurance, going to the urgent care and paying cash for the visit would set you on the right track. An assessment by a medical doctor immediately after an injury will help you tremendously.
Document as much information as possible, including taking photos of your injuries, looking for witnesses who may have seen the accident, taking photos where the incident took place, looking for businesses in the vicinity that may have caught the accident on camera. Also, wearing a helmet with a mounted camera can be very useful in cases where liability is disputed. If driver of a vehicle negligently strikes you, then later on blames you for the accident, a helmet camera can certainly be helpful to absolve you from liability and place the blame on the other driver. Many scooter riders may not think the importance of having proper coverages, but when you’re injured and facing soaring medical bills, loss of income, pain and suffering – thinking ahead can go a long way.
WHY CHOOSE ARATTA LAW FIRM?
At our firm, every injured client will be in direct contact with an attorney. Many large corporate law firms end up transferring you to a case manager – you never speak to an attorney directly and your case becomes part of the mill. At our firm, we do things different. We pay close attention to every individual case, from the inception and throughout the process of the claim / lawsuit. Our diligence and attention to detail result in consistent higher settlements, which adds up to a higher compensation for you, the client.
ATTORNEY’S ABILITY TO NEGOTIATE
Even though you may have a solid personal injury claim, the skill and the attentiveness of your attorney can also considerably impact how much compensation you will receive for your injuries. If your injury claim is negotiated by a case manager, assigned to your file at a firm, and not an attorney, your claim may end up settling for a lesser amount. This is because adjusters know who they’re dealing with and how aggressive the firm is when settling injury cases. Insurance adjuster also know who they can bully into accepting lower settlements.
An attorney’s ability to negotiate a settlement is, in many ways, the most important skill an attorney possesses. Lawyers who are effective negotiators know the importance of timing, preparation and strategy. That being said, our firm recognizes the importance of precision, timing and subsequent results, which is the foundation of Aratta Law. At our firm, nothing happens by luck but by great preparation and good strategy.