Ellie Fellers Pacific Beach: Ellie Fellers Injured In San Diego Scooter Accident Near The Intersection Of Mission Boulevard and Garnet Avenue
PACIFIC BEACH, CALIFORNIA (July 11, 2019) – A pacific beach woman identified as Ellie Fellers was seriously injured in an accident after she tripped over an electric scooter by the intersection of Mission Boulevard and Garnet Avenue.
The accident took place on July 1st as Ellie Fellers was walking across the intersection in order to mail a letter. One area of Mission Boulevard and Garnet Avenue was surrounded by unused scooters.
As Ellie Fellers was walking she tripped over one of the scooters. She hit her head and had to be rushed to the hospital by paramedics. Doctors told her that she sustained two concussions as well as a large cut near her forehead.
Ellie Fellers reached out to the city council after the accident. “Enough of this. The money you’re making on those scooters can’t possibly make up for the amount that it’s costing you,” she told City Council members.
A spokesperson for the mayor said that 100 dockless scooter corrals will be added to help alleviate the problem. The scooters are geo-fenced to slow down to 8 mph across the Boardwalk, but this still hasn’t taken place.
An investigation into the San Diego scooter accident that injured Ellie Fellers remains ongoing.
Accidents With Scooters Littered on Sidewalks
Tripping accidents with electric scooters that have been left on sidewalks are far from a freak occurrence. In fact, they are actually quite common. According to one report from the Washington Post, “[Electric scooters] lean against bike racks, block entrances, crowd street corners and tip onto their sides, turning a convenient form of transportation into a sidewalk hazard that is particularly dangerous for the elderly and disabled.”
It’s been such a huge problem that one company has been created in order to tackle it. Swiftmile has developed electric docking stations that charge the scooters and prevent them from becoming a hazard to pedestrians. It works with any brand of scooter. Cities, unfortunately, have been slow to regulate companies like Lime and Bird as they have continued to grow. Depending on the facts of any particular case there may be numerous sources of liability for a scooter accident.
Liability In Scooter Accidents
Cities have a legal responsibility to make sure that their roads and sidewalks are in a reasonably safe condition. According to the California Civil Code § 1714 subsection (a), “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person, except so far as the latter has, willfully or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or herself.”
Scooters left on the sidewalk represent a tripping hazard. Many cities are aware of this problem but they have been slow to implement any solutions. There a number of potential ways that companies like Lime and Bird as well as cities can help eliminate this problem. Docking stations like the ones set up by Swiftmile can keep the scooters upright and out of the way of pedestrians. Victims that are injured in scooter accidents may have legal recourse.
Any person that is injured in a San Diego scooter accident may be able to recover damages through a bodily injury claim. If a city was negligent in a scooter accident they must pay the victim restitution for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, many cities will fight hard to try to deny liability following an accident. A scooter accident attorney can work on your behalf free of cost and make sure that cities are held accountable for their actions.
Investigating A Scooter Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to Ellie Fellers as she continues to recover. Any person that may have witnessed this accident should reach out to investigators. It is time for the City Council of Pacific Beach to take action. These scooters being left all over the place are a hazard to pedestrians. Having regulations simply is not enough if those regulations are not enforced.
Have you or someone that you care about 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 may have. We are committed to making sure that City Councils are held to account and that measures are implemented to prevent future accidents. Whether you have questions about your rights or need an investigation into a particular incident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us at (888) 888-9285.