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E-Scooters seem to be everywhere these days, as they have become a preferred method for getting around Los Angeles for residents and tourists alike. Scooter sharing services have brought these to the masses. However, drivers are still learning how to be safe around a scooter. Many of them still do not know how traffic laws treat E-Scooters.
Motorized scooters can be operated on a road with a speed limit of 25 MPH or less. You could also ride them in a bike lane. E-Scooter operators have legal rights, and drivers must use due care to avoid hitting them or causing an accident.
When you have been injured on an E-Scooter, there are several possible defendants in your case. We will discuss more about each below. The defendants could be:
When you rent an E-Scooter, you have the right to expect a device that works properly and is not defective. Both the place that rented you the E-Scooter and the company that made it could be liable if it was the scooter itself that caused you injury.
Here is some of what can go wrong with the device itself when you ride an E-scooter:
The E-Scooter manufacturer has an obligation to manufacture and sell a safe product that is free from defects. In turn, the service that rents the E-Scooter has an obligation to properly inspect and maintain the E-Scooter. If there is any defect or malfunction, they must find it and take the scooter out of service to repair it. Otherwise, they will be legally responsible for any injuries.
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E-Scooters are very sensitive to any cracks or bumps in the pavement. Uneven sidewalks or streets can cause the driver to lose control and fall. When this happens at higher speeds, the injuries can be severe.
Governments have a legal obligation to maintain the sidewalks and streets in safe condition. If they fall into disrepair, the government must fix the surfaces. This includes things such as repairing potholes. The City of Los Angeles or Los Angeles County could be liable if the sidewalks or streets are in poor repair, and they cause injury to E-Scooter riders.
The same holds true when then injury happens on private property. Homeowners are responsible for the sidewalks in front of their homes. Business owners must maintain their walkways and parking lots and repair the pavement as necessary. If you have been injured in an E-Scooter accident because their walkways and parking lots were broken, you could sue the business in a premises liability action.
Finally, your injuries could come in a collision with a driver or bicyclist. The same duty of care that these people owe others also applies to you on your E-Scooter. They must exercise a reasonable level of care to avoid injuring you.
If you have been hurt in an accident with a car, you could file a claim against the driver’s car insurance. The same rules as any other kind of bicycle accident would apply. If the driver was negligent, their insurance would need to cover your damages.
The year-round warm weather in Los Angeles also means that bicyclists are out all months. Cycling is increasing in popularity both as a sport and hobby.
Los Angeles encourages bikers because they help reduce some of the notorious traffic in the area. However, the city does not have many dedicated bike lanes, certainly less than many other major cities. No matter how much bicycles could help improve the congestion, Los Angeles does not make it easy for bikers.
This leaves bicyclists to compete for space on the roads with drivers who can injure them. There are over 1,200 miles of bike paths and lanes, but this is a small proportion of the nearly 30,000 miles of roads in Los Angeles.
In fact, many factors lead to the conclusion that Los Angeles is the worst city in the country for bicyclists. Here are some of the tough details:
This means that accidents are a major risk every time someone puts on their helmet and gets on their bicycle. With all the congestion in Los Angeles, drivers have been known to take shortcuts that put others in danger. They may drive too aggressively or lose focus because of their irritation at being in traffic. While this is no excuse for their actions, they are some reasons why Los Angeles poses special risks for bicyclists.
Drivers often cause bicycle accidents by being careless or making other mistakes behind the wheel. Here is some of what motorists do that endanger bicyclists:
Bicycle injuries, on average, are far worse than car accident injuries. It does not matter how experienced the bicyclist is or how many safety precautions that they take. When they are struck by a car at full speed or are thrown to the pavement from their bicycle, chances are that they will suffer serious injuries. These injuries could include:
When you are suing someone else for either E-Scooter injuries or bicycle injuries, the legal standard is still the same. Like any personal injury case, you must prove that the defendant in your case was negligent. While nobody is expected to be perfect, they must also exercise reasonable care.
Negligence is not something that you can speculate in an E-Scooter or bike injury case. If so, you may not receive financial compensation. Instead, you need to have evidence of what the defendant did that was unreasonable. You must show that your side of the story is more likely than not to have happened. Here is what your attorney may use to prove negligence in your bike or E-Scooter accident case:
It is very difficult for the average person to gather all of this evidence and present it to the insurance company in a compelling case. The good news is that you do not have to do this. Hiring us as your attorney puts a tenacious investigator on your case. We will then put your claim together and present it to the insurance company.
If the insurance company either denies your claim or does not offer to pay what you deserve, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf as you seek fair compensation. You do not have to be in a position where you have to take what the insurance company offers you just because they saw fit to make the offer. You have legal rights, and this is what we fight for at The Ride App Attorneys.
We help injured accident victims when they have been hurt in rideshare, bicycle, or E-Scooter accidents. We are tough and aggressive attorneys who will go to bat for you. Call The Ride App Attorney today at (888) 272-7408 or contact us online if you or a loved one have been injured in an accident and wish to speak to a lawyer about being paid for your injuries. When you have been injured, you need to act fast.