Scooter accidents, like all accidents, require the people involved to stay at the scene of the accident to gather information and evidence to later be determined who is at fault and who is to pay for the damages caused by the accident. California is a fault state, meaning that somebody needs to be held responsible for causing an accident. California is also a comparative negligence state, meaning that more than one party can be found at fault. Sometimes, scooter accidents might have been caused by the scooter rider themself, other times, not.
Since scooter accidents tend to occur with people who are uninsured, they are more prone to hit and run accidents. Hit and run accidents are illegal and all scooter accidents should be handled just as any other form of accident, following proper procedures and protocols. Here is what to do if you get into a scooter accident.
- Stop riding, do not leave the scene of the accident! While it may be tempting to leave the scene of an accident out of fear for the repercussions, perhaps for being uninsured or avoid paying medical fees, it is important to stay at the scene of the accident to follow the proper protocols.
- Call 911 to file an official accident report and receive emergency assistance. It is important to have an official record of the accident in order to prove liability when it comes to filing for an insurance claim or pursuing a lawsuit. An officer will come to the scene to make the official accident report and request an ambulance. It is essential to receive medical attention.
- Exchange contact and insurance information. While the police officer will have made an official report of the accident that includes the information of the parties involved, it is important that each person exchange this information with each other directly.
- Contact an attorney for assistance navigating the insurance process. An attorney can help determine who is at fault in an accident, navigate the processes of filing insurance claims, continuing medical treatment, and filing a lawsuit if necessary. They can even work with investigators to find out who the other party involved in a hit and run accident was.