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SAN DIEGO: Ellie Fellers Injured In Scooter Accident In Pacific Beach By Garnet Avenue and Mission Boulevard

Jul 11, 2019

Ellie Fellers San Diego Scooter Accident: Ellie Fellers Injured In Scooter Accident In Pacific Beach By Garnet Avenue and Mission Boulevard

PACIFIC BEACH, CALIFORNIA (July 11, 2019) – A woman in her 80’s identified as Ellie Fellers was seriously injured after tripping over an electric scooter by the intersection of Garnet Avenue and Mission Boulevard.

Pacific Beach police are saying that Ellie Fellers was trying to cross Mission Boulevard to mail a letter. The sidewalk was covered with electric scooter scattered across the ground. 

After Ellie Fellers got the signal to cross she tripped over one of the unused electric scooters. Ellie Fellers told reporters that she sustained two concussions and a cut above her adrenal gland.

Pacific Beach is aware of the problems created by the scooters being left all over the place. In fact, the city began implementing new scooter regulations at the beginning of July. 

As part of the new regulations, there will be 100 dock-less scooter corrals added to Pacific Beach. An investigation into the scooter accident that injured Ellie Fellers remains ongoing at this time. 

Scooter Accident Statistics

According to one report from Business Insider, “there have been at least 1,545 accidents in the US involving electric scooters over the past year.” The steep spike in scooter accident injuries and deaths comes after Lime and Bird were both founded in 2017. These companies allow consumers to rent electric scooters. Cities are having a difficult time keeping up with them in much the same way they did with Uber and Lyft. 

Lime and Bird have become extremely popular in Los Angeles, San Diego and the Bay Area in particular. But the growth of these companies has come with its share of safety concerns. For example, a number of these scooters have broken down mid-use. The stems have collapsed or the accelerators have stuck sending riders into peril. Many people have been injured by tripping over the scooters as they have littered city sidewalks.  

Liability In Scooter Accidents

Depending on the facts of any case, there may be numerous sources of liability for scooter accidents. For example, a city could be responsible for a scooter accident under premises liability law. According to California Government Code 835, “Except as provided by statute, a public entity is liable for injury caused by a dangerous condition of its property if the plaintiff establishes that the property was in a dangerous condition at the time of the injury, that the injury was proximately caused by the dangerous condition.” 

If a city was given constructive notice of the dangerous condition they must take corrective measure to remedy the situation. Failing to take constructive action may result in civil liability. In addition to liability on the part of a city, a scooter company like Lime and Bird could face liability for an accident. As the number of scooter accidents and injuries have increased from 2017 so have civil claims against the two companies.

Head injuries are among the most common after a scooter accident. They are also among the most costly according to the NCBI.  Any person that is injured in a scooter accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A scooter accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are. It doesn’t cost anything to hire an attorney and they can begin taking steps to make sure that you get all of the medical care and support that you deserve. 

Getting Help After A Scooter Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Ellie Fellers as she continues to recover from this Pacific Beach scooter accident. City officials need to be doing more to prevent accidents like this. Scooters that are randomly left all over the sidewalks are a hazard that must be addressed.  

If you or someone that you care about has been injured in a scooter accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you have. We have successfully resolved thousands of accident claims and are committed to making sure that cities and companies are held to account for their actions. Whether you need a free, independent investigation into an accident or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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