Safety First: As with any other type of injury, your physical well being is always your first priority. If you were involved in a scooter accident, you need to find a safe space and get out of the road and far away from cars and other hazards. Lingering more than you need to in the middle of a street or roadway not only places you in more danger, but it also exposes others to the possibility of another accident.
Check On Others: If it seems that you are alright, please check on others who were involved. Scooter accidents are sometimes solo affairs which only affect the rider, but other scooter riders, drivers, or pedestrians may also be involved. Given how confusing and unclear scooter regulations are, it is not uncommon for a scooter accident to involve multiple parties, from pedestrians to motorists. As mentioned, if you are able to do so, check to make sure that everyone else is ok. Call for assistance immediately if anyone appears to have been hurt in any way.
Call Police: This is a crucial step for many reasons. It is important that you report the electric scooter accident to the police, especially if there are injuries or property loss involved. Also, please ask the police to complete a report of the incident. Make sure to request a copy. A police report is a necessary document when it comes to proving that the other party was liable for your injuries and losses.
Documentation: In addition to a police report, documenting what happened can also help strengthen a claim, should you decide to file one. While the police arrive, it is a good idea to collect contact information from anyone involved in the accident. This includes collecting names, driver’s license numbers, license plate numbers, and insurance information. If there are any available witnesses who would like to help, please collect their information as well. Their testimony may be very beneficial in the future. Another recommendation is to take photographs of the accident scene, the vehicles involved, and your injuries. Please do this as soon as possible. Finally, write down everything that you can possibly recollect about what happened.
Medical Care: Consulting with a doctor or medical professional as soon as possible after suffering a scooter accident is highly recommended, whether you believe you were seriously hurt or not. Unfortunately, many injuries will not immediately manifest themselves after suffering an injury. Just because you don’t feel hurt doesn’t mean you aren’t hurt. Worse, if you don’t seek medical care after an accident, the other party’s insurance provider will argue that you weren’t really hurt at all, which could be very detrimental to your case.
Consult An Attorney: Most personal injury claims are relatively straightforward. However, given how new the scooter movement is, issues regarding liability will not be as easy to determine. For the most part, liability in a scooter accident will be based on someone’s negligence. In other words, whose negligence caused the accident? If it can be determined that the other party was negligent and caused your injuries, they may be held liable for any injuries or losses caused to you. Negligent parties can include other scooter riders, motorists, pedestrians, and even the city for failing to provide safe roads.