As you drive around, you have probably noticed that electric scooters are popping up everywhere. They are a simple way to get around in a congested city, they are convenient and affordable. However, these things must be balanced by the fact that they are not always safe. In fact, the number of scooter accidents are increasing. If you have been injured in an electric scooter accident as a result of another party’s negligence, you should contact a personal injury attorney today.
California law does not require electric scooters to display a license plate or to be registered. The driver of a scooter does not have to carry insurance or have a license to drive the scooter. However, the local authorities may regulate the registration and use of electric scooters within their jurisdiction.
Below are examples of rules that typically apply to electric scooters:
- Prohibiting scooters from being ridden on sidewalks.
- Riders under the age of 18 years must wear a helmet.
- Scooters must have a brake.
- No passengers (only the driver) can ride on a scooter.
- Prohibiting operation of a scooter while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Prohibiting operation of an electric scooter on a highway.
Because scooters can be dangerous, there are a variety of serious injuries that can occur when you are in a scooter accident. A few common injuries include broken bones, head injuries, severe scrapes and bruises, and even death.
The primary reason electric scooters are dangerous is that they provide the rider very little or no protection if you are struck by an object or you fall. Even hitting a pothole or bump can cause a wreck. Additionally, automobile drivers who are not paying attention are likely to not see a scooter.
If you are involved in a scooter accident as a result of another party’s negligence, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you recover for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of work. We will hold the negligent party’s insurance company liable for all your damages, including protecting your best interests in any settlement discussions.
Once you have determined the severity of your injuries and damages suffered, the attorneys at the Office of Alex Cha & Associates can help you prove who is liable for your damages. Our attorneys will investigate the source of your injury, who is responsible and let the insurance companies know that your rights to compensation will be protected. Contact our office today and let us help you recover the full and fair compensation you are entitled to for your damages suffered.