E-Scooter Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles
In and around Los Angeles, it is becoming more common to encounter individuals who are using electric scooters as their primary mode of transport, as opposed to an automobile, bicycle, etc. However, the sudden growth in e-scooter use in Los Angeles and elsewhere in California is leading to a sudden growth in serious injuries due to preventable accidents. In fact, the number of reported injuries suffered in e-scooter-related accidents increased by a staggering 222 percent between 2014 and 2018, according to a study published in the respected medical journal JAMA Surgery.
Types of Injuries Suffered in E-Scooter Accidents
The shocking increase in e-scooter accidents between 2014 and 2018 means there were close to 40,000 broken bones, serious head injuries, cuts, scrapes, bruises, etc. that had to be treated in emergency rooms across the country, according to Market Watch. This is due to the fact that accidents involving an e-scooter routinely result in at least one individual, but potentially multiple individuals, suffering serious and debilitating bodily injuries. Many e-scooters are designed to travel at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour. As a result, if a collision occurs, the operator of the scooter could suffer one, or a combination, of the following bodily injuries:
- Broken or fractured bones;
- Torn muscles or ligaments;
- Road burn
- Nerve damage
- Head wounds and traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries
Common Causes of E-Scooter Accidents
Some of the common causes of accidents involving e-scooters manufactured by Bird, Lime, Jump, Lyft, etc. include the following:
- Road hazards
- Negligent motorists who fail to yield at stop signs or crosswalks
- Speeding motorists and distracted motorists who fail to see an e-scooter operator
- Defective e-scooters
Injuries Caused by Defective Scooters
In addition to collisions with negligent motorists or pedestrians, e-scooter operators also need to be cognizant of the risk that their e-scooter could be defective. For example, a report published by Austin Public Health revealed that close to 20 percent of e-scooter injuries were associated with a defective scooter or scooter malfunction.
A prime example can be found in the e-scooter manufacturer Lime. The company reportedly discovered a “bug” in its firmware that could cause an e-scooter to engage in sudden excessive braking while being used by an individual, according to Consumer Reports. The excessive braking creates a serious risk of potential injury to a user since they could be propelled off the scooter.
Other defective e-scooter issues include:
- Malfunctioning tires;
- Malfunctioning brakes;
- Faulty electrical systems; and
- Sudden, instantaneous acceleration
If you or a family member was seriously injured by a defective e-scooter manufactured by Lime, Bird, Lyft, or Jump, it is extremely important to secure the services of a top-notch Los Angeles e-scooter injury lawyer. Why? Because product liability lawsuits are generally complex and difficult. There are unique laws and regulations governing these types of injury claims and you need to make sure you follow all of the necessary filing requirements to prevail in court.
In most states, strict liability laws can be applied to consumer product manufacturers and distributors. California has a strict liability law in place which states that a company responsible for designing, manufacturing or selling a defective product can be held strictly liable for a consumer’s bodily injuries (and other harms and losses) proximately caused by the defective product.
Who Can Be Held Liable in an E-Scooter Accident?
If you or a loved one was badly injured in an e-scooter accident, it is important to try and identify the negligent individual or entity. Why? Because you need to be able to locate a source of compensation who can provide you with financial restitution for your harms and losses whether that be from a negligent motorist or one of the e-scooter manufacturers like Bird, Jump, Lime, Lyft, etc. Identifying the liable party that can properly compensate you for your harms and losses can be challenging. California law requires motorists to carry liability insurance, but there is no such legal requirement for electric scooter riders.
If the operator a motor vehicle was at-fault for causing the accident that injured you, then their auto insurance carrier will likely be the focus of your personal injury claim.
As mentioned earlier, if an e-scooter malfunction occurred and that caused your injury, then the company could be held liable for your harms and losses. Though, you need to be prepared for a legal fight. Why? Because most e-scooter companies require you to enter into a “user agreement” that attempts to release the company from basically all civil liability. For example, the e-scooter manufacturer Bird has reportedly denied injury claims by taking the position that, under the user agreement, the scooter operator assumed responsibility for any bodily injury caused by use of the scooter and agreed to hold the company harmless from any personal injury claim.
If you collided with another e-scooter operator, then that operator can be held liable for your harms and losses. If the other e-scooter operator has homeowners or renters insurance coverage, then a personal injury claim could be filed with one, or potentially both, of these policies. Similarly, if you were injured in a collision with a pedestrian in Los Angeles, your best course of action would be to determine if they have a homeowners or renters insurance policy that could be accessed to compensate you.
Have Questions? Contact an Experienced and Skilled Los Angeles E-Scooter Accident Lawyer Today
Serious e-scooter accidents can leave a victim damaged physically, financially, and emotionally. The Law Offices of Mauro Fiore, Jr. stands ready to help. Our Los Angeles personal injury law firm has decades of experience helping injured people in their time of need. We offer free, confidential case evaluations and work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay us nothing up front and we only get paid if you get paid. Our Los Angeles e-scooter injury law firm has offices in Los Angeles, Monrovia, West Covina and Palmdale, providing services throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, and Orange counties. Call us today to schedule a free, confidential consultation, or contact us online. We offer evening and weekend appointments upon request.
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