Electric scooters, also known as e-scooters, are becoming increasingly popular in several cities throughout the United States. However, there are risks associated with riding this convenient form of transportation. In fact, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) research showed that electric scooters can result in serious internal injuries, concussions, traumatic brain injuries, and are over three times as likely to involve pedestrians who also suffer serious injuries. Learn more about your legal rights if you suffered any kind of injuries or losses because of an electric scooter accident.
Causes of Electric Scooter Crashes
There are several different causes of electric scooter crashes that can result in catastrophic injuries or even death. Some of the most common causes include the following:
- Road hazards such as debris and potholes which pose significant dangers to electric scooter riders
- Lack of visibility of electric scooter riders to other drivers on the roadways
- Manufacturing defects and flaws in electric scooters
- Being “doored” by vehicles when electric scooters attempt to ride between lanes on the road
Types of Electric Scooter Injuries
Electric scooter accidents often result in serious injuries or even death. Consumer Reports research shows that over 1,500 people suffered injuries as a result of either E-bike or electric scooter accidents. The types of electric scooter injuries suffered in an accident are typically severe and often include traumatic brain injuries, concussions, internal organ damage and bleeding, nerve damage, bruising, lacerations, bilateral forearm fractures, nasal fractures, broken or fractured bones, spinal cord injuries, head and neck injuries, or death.
Electric Scooter Safety Precautions
If you ride an electric scooter, there are safety precautions you can take to not be included in the statistics of increasing accidents involving this form of transportation. Some of the best practices involving electric scooter safety include always wearing a helmet, following the rules of the road to ensure that other drivers and pedestrians see you, and always making the assumption that no one else can see you, and riding defensively. Always take safety precautions to minimize the opportunity for any serious accident to occur.
If you do suffer injuries as a result of an accident involving an electric scooter, the determination of liability can often be legally challenging and complex. Oftentimes, an independent investigation is needed in order to accurately determine liability. Visiting with an experienced attorney can help ensure that a correct determination of liability occurs, as well as seeing to it that you do not miss any statute of limitations deadlines that would prevent you from receiving compensation for your injuries and losses.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
If you suffered injuries because of an electric scooter accident, you may face substantial medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact The Law Office of Daniel A. Rose as soon as possible, and our experienced accident lawyers will help ensure your legal rights remain protected and help you build a strong personal injury case. Call for a free consultation today at 415-946-8900 or visit us online.