Electric Scooter Accidents

California citizens have embraced alternative transportation throughout the state to improve the state’s environmental conditions. Many companies are developing more fuel-efficient vehicles and electric vehicles. Alternative transportation methods like electric scooters have boomed in popularity in recent years, and new scooter-sharing apps and services are sweeping through California metropolitan communities.

Two of the most popular electric scooter services operating in California are Bird and Lime. These services provide dock-less and shareable electric scooters in the Los Angeles metropolitan area for prices as low as one dollar per ride. While these devices and the services behind them could potentially reduce California’s reliance on fossil fuels for everyday transportation, the surge in popularity for electric scooters has created many legal issues throughout the Los Angeles area.

Representing Electric Scooter Accident Victims in Los Angeles

If you or a relative recently suffered injuries in an electric scooter accident, whether you were riding an electric scooter or a rider caused your accident, call our firm. It is vital to meet with a Los Angeles electric scooter accident lawyer as soon as possible to determine your best options for legal recourse.

The attorneys at Easton & Easton have more than 100 years of combined professional experience handling the most difficult personal injury claims for Los Angeles-area clients. We understand the devastating toll any vehicle accident can take on an individual and their family. Additionally, we know the uncertainty that is likely to follow after an accident involving a new technology like an electric scooter, especially one owned by a new private company offering an innovative service.

When you choose Easton & Easton as your Los Angeles electric scooter attorneys, you can rest assured our team will provide close, personalized attention to you and your case. We take time to get to know our clients so we can clearly understand how their experiences have impacted their lives. We will carefully analyze the full scope of your damages and apply our experience and resources to every facet of your case to ensure the best recovery possible for your losses.

Why Do I Need an Attorney?

It’s not uncommon for people to experience personal injuries that are clearly the results of other parties’ negligence. In these situations, it is natural to wonder why one would spend money on attorneys’ fees if the evidence is clearly on their side. If you are in this type of situation, it helps to understand the importance of having reliable legal counsel on your side. A Los Angeles electric scooter accident attorney can help you navigate the complex civil court system to ensure no procedural issues interfere with the progress of your case.

When you hire an attorney to represent your personal injury case, you can rest assured knowing that your legal affairs are in capable hands so you can focus on recovery. Easton & Easton has the tools, experience, and resources to handle the most difficult cases, even when liability and the full scope of claimable damages aren’t immediately clear. Instead of attempting to navigate these issues alone while recovering from your electric scooter injury, hire an experienced Los Angeles electric scooter lawyer to represent your interests in a civil claim.

Common Types of Electric Scooter Accidents

Electric scooter accidents can happen in many different ways. It’s possible for an electric scooter rider to be a victim of such an accident or cause an accident. For example, an electric scooter accident could involve a plaintiff who was riding an electric scooter and was injured by another driver, or a case could revolve around a pedestrian who was injured by an electric scooter operator. In any case, an electric scooter accident can easily cause severe injuries.

  • When an electric scooter operator is hit by a car, they can easily suffer catastrophic damages; an electric scooter will not provide any physical protection to the rider.
  • An electric scooter rider can potentially cause severe injuries to a pedestrian if they operate their scooter improperly or fail to pay attention to their surroundings.
  • Electric scooters can also cause accidents by startling nearby motorists, causing them to swerve and collide with other cars or nearby pedestrians.

These are just a few examples of how electric scooter accidents. If you have experienced anything like this, it’s vital to consider whether you have solid grounds for a personal injury claim against the party responsible for causing the accident in question.

Proving Fault in an Electric Scooter Accident Claim

An electric scooter accident claim is a form of personal injury claim filed in civil court. The rules for an electric scooter accident claim are the same as any other personal injury claim, and the burden of proof rests on the plaintiff in the case. This means the plaintiff must prove that the defendant named in the claim was negligent in such a way as it caused the electric scooter accident in question and directly resulted in the plaintiff’s claimed damages.

Proving these elements of negligence typically comes down to the availability and strength of physical evidence and eyewitness testimony. Vehicle computer data, traffic camera footage, phone records, and witness statements are just a few examples of evidence a plaintiff can use to support their case. When a plaintiff works with an experienced Los Angeles electric scooter accident attorney, their legal team will also likely coordinate expert witness testimony to clarify the more technical points of the case and ensure the court acknowledges the full scope of the victim’s damages.

A plaintiff in a personal injury claim must understand how state law applies to the concept of negligence in such a claim. California upholds a pure comparative negligence law that allows a plaintiff to recover compensation for civil damages even when they are partially to blame for causing those damages. The court assigns a fault percentage based on the plaintiff’s level of contribution to the incident, and they lose a percentage of their case award equal to their fault percentage.

Damages Available in an Electric Scooter Accident Claim

Electric scooters may not travel very fast, and they are not very heavy. However, they are still capable of causing or contributing to very serious accidents that result in significant damages. The personal injury statutes of California allow plaintiffs to claim several types of damages in their claims:

  • A plaintiff in an electric scooter accident lawsuit can claim compensation for their past and future medical expenses resulting from the incident. This includes immediate medical costs like hospital bills and emergency room treatment, as well as long-term medical costs for rehabilitation, physical therapy, and other necessary ongoing treatments.
  • Plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits may also claim property damages in their cases. If an electric scooter accident resulted in significant damage to the plaintiff’s personal property, they can claim the cost of repairing or replacing that property.
  • Severe injuries can force a victim to remain home from work while they recover. If their injuries are severe enough, it is possible they may be unable to work at all in the future. Lost income can potentially form a significant portion of a personal injury plaintiff’s overall compensation.
  • California state law allows personal injury plaintiffs to receive compensation for their physical pain and emotional suffering resulting from the experience in question. The exact amount received hinges on the severity of the victim’s damages and the total amount of their other compensable losses.
  • In the event a defendant was criminally negligent or intentionally caused an electric scooter accident, the court may decide to punish them further by requiring them to pay punitive damages to the plaintiff alongside their other damages. The amount paid depends on the overall wealth of the defendant and the egregiousness of their actions.

The right Los Angeles electric scooter accident attorney can help their client recover as much compensation as possible for their losses. If you or a loved one recently experienced this kind of situation, it’s vital to seek legal counsel immediately for the best chance of securing a recovery.

What to Expect in an Electric Scooter Accident Case

Electric scooter accidents can happen for many reasons. When an electric scooter accident occurs due to a rider’s negligence, the rider is likely to absorb liability for any resulting damages. If a driver injures a scooter rider, the driver would be liable for the accident. It is also possible for a scooter service like Bird or Lime to absorb liability if an electric scooter accident occurs due to a defective or broken scooter.

It is also possible for some electric scooter accident claims to implicate multiple defendants, and the plaintiffs may also absorb liability if they contributed to their accidents in any way. California’s pure comparative negligence statute means that if a plaintiff bears any liability, they may lose some of their case award to reflect their fault. Ultimately, even the most straightforward accident cases can take unexpected turns, so it is wise to have reliable legal counsel on your side as you approach your electric scooter case.

All personal injury claims begin when injured plaintiffs file formal Complaints with their local courthouses. These documents outline the plaintiff’s claim, including the full scope of the damages they seek as well as their determination as to responsibility for those damages. Once the courthouse receives this Complaint, they will formally serve the defendant named in the Complaint and provide them the opportunity to answer the claim.

At this point, the defendant may either agree to settlement negotiations or contest liability and demand a trial. The vast majority of personal injury claims end at settlement negotiations simply because litigation is more expensive and time-consuming for everyone involved in a claim.

How to Win Your Electric Scooter Accident Claim

Success in a personal injury claim typically hinges on the plaintiff’s attorney and their ability to prove the defendant’s negligence. An experienced Los Angeles electric scooter accident attorney will likely consult expert witnesses if any technical issues present with the claim, and expert witness testimony can also support the plaintiff during settlement or trial, clarifying complex medical issues or other highly specific matters with their professional interpretations.

Your Los Angeles electric scooter accident attorney will likely begin your case by securing as much physical evidence as possible from the scene of the accident, including the initial police report, photographs from the scene of the accident, traffic camera footage, and even computer data from vehicles involved in the accident.

The combination of solid evidence, support from credible expert witnesses, and an experienced attorney can significantly increase the chances of success with any personal injury claim. If you plan to seek legal action after suffering injuries in an electric scooter accident in Los Angeles, it’s vital to know how to find the right attorney to represent your case.

How to Choose Your Los Angeles Electric Scooter Accident Lawyer

Finding the right attorney to handle your case is a very important matter. Take time to ask friends and family about their past experiences with local attorneys to see if they have any recommendations. You should also look at reviews from past clients to help you narrow down your options to the few attorneys most likely to successfully handle your case.

The first time you meet with a potential attorney, ask them a few questions to gauge their experience level and how keen they are on the idea of taking your case. The majority of personal injury attorneys offer their clients contingency fee billing, which means clients pay nothing if they lose their cases. If an attorney provides contingency fee billing and is willing to take your case, this is a good indication that the attorney is confident you will win.

If you or a loved one are recovering from electric scooter accident injuries that someone else caused, call our firm. It’s essential to take legal action as soon as possible for the best chance of recovery. Eaton & Easton have the experience and skill to successfully represent the most challenging electric scooter accident claims, and we are ready and able to help with your case. Contact Easton & Easton today to schedule a complimentary case evaluation with a compassionate and experienced Los Angeles electric scooter accident lawyer.

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