Electric scooters (E-scooters) are advertised as a cost-effective, convenient, and eco-friendly solution to daily commutes and a solution to traffic filled cities. Companies such as Lime and Bird deploy e-scooters to the public, but what happens when someone is hurt while riding one? Who is responsible and what can you recover?
By hiring a Las Vegas Personal injury lawyer, you can ensure that your rights are protected and that you will obtain the highest recovery possible for your injuries.
Who Makes the E-Scooters?
Lime was founded in 2017 and purchased scooters from various manufacturers. At some point in late 2018, Lime began making its own scooters. Bird was also founded in 2017 and also purchased its scooters from various manufacturers. In late 2018, Bird began manufacturing some of its own scooters.
Lyft, Hive, and other companies also operate rental e-scooters.
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How Do You Rent an E-Scooter?
To rent an e-scooter, a rider downloads a mobile application on the mobile phone and enters payment details and other information. Using your phone, you can now unlock and ride an e-scooter on a single ride basis.
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What Are The Dangers of E-scooters?
E-scooters can travel at speeds of up to and sometimes over 20 miles per hour. Many riders of e-scooters do not wear protective gear, including a helmet, while riding a scooter. Falling off the scooter can cause the following injuries, among many others:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Broken bones (typically wrist, arm, knee, or leg)
- Broken teeth
- Torn ligaments and muscles
- Spine injuries
An experienced e-scooter attorney, such as the lawyers from Arias Sanguinetti, can assist you with determining whether the e-scooter had any defects that contributed to injuries suffered. E-scooter defects may include the following:
- Defective brakes
- Defective throttles
- Defective wheels
- Defective handlebars
- A scooter suddenly stopping or starting.
I Was Injured Riding An E-scooter, What Next?
Initially, seek appropriate medical care. It is important to gather what evidence you can, including pictures of the scooter, any defects or damage to the scooter, and photos of the injuries sustained. Take note of any eyewitnesses and gather their names and telephone numbers. Note the location of the crash in case video footage can be obtained later.
If you have been injured riding an e-scooter, you should contact a Las Vegas attorney who handles personal injury litigation involving e-scooters. An experienced e-scooter attorney can determine if the e-scooter company, manufacturer, or both, can be held responsible for the injuries suffered depending on the nature of the defect and the injuries suffered.
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What Can I Recover?
In many instances, an individual can seek compensation for the medical treatment that was required to treat the injury. An individual may also be able to seek compensation for the cost of future medical treatment due to the injury. In some instances, an individual may be able to claim damages for lost wages, whether past or future, and other economic claims.
Arias Sanguinetti | Trial Lawyers have experienced attorneys in the Las Vegas area who are actively involved in prosecuting claims for injuries arising from e-scooter crashes. If you believe that you have a claim, don’t hesitate to reach out to our firm today.