Scooter Accident Safety
Tips to Stay Safe While Riding a Scooter
The demand for rideshare electric scooters grows every day with the popularity of brands, such as Bird and Lime. In fact, according to Transportation Department spokeswoman Connie Lianos, there are over 36,000 registered scooters in Los Angeles owned by 8 different companies.
Due to their convenience and environmental impact, electric scooters have become a California staple rather than a passing trend. West Coast Trial Lawyers understands the congested roads of Los Angeles and knows how easily an accident can happen. If you or a loved one were involved in a scooter accident, do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.
The Electric Scooter
The electric scooter is a relatively new concept that is trending due to its light-weight design, low cost, and availability. E-scooters are easy to ride, do not require storage, or any personal upkeep or care. The market is flooded with smart scooter technology that allows for the tracking, charging, and overall operation of the vehicle.
However, because of the availability of e-scooters, the popular trend has become a daily hassle, forcing local governments to establish safety regulations.
Things to Pay Attention to When Riding a Scooter in Los Angeles
Riding an electric scooter in Los Angeles can be a potentially dangerous feat. While riding your electric or manual scooter, please be aware of:
- Motorists’ blind spots.
- Potential road hazards, such as branches, debris, road construction, potholes, or improper street signage.
- Pedestrians, particularly while crossing street corners and intersections.
Tips on Riding a Scooter in Los Angeles
Listed below are a few tips, detailing safety methods while riding a scooter:
- Gear. Always wear protective gear including a helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, and reflectors when riding at night.
- Test your scooter. Before you buy your scooter, be sure to examine its braking and turning mechanisms.
- Ride at a safe speed. Do not dart through traffic lines or speed through congested areas. It will give you less of a reaction time to prevent an accident from happening.
Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.
A few examples of economic losses include:
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out-of-pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:
- Emotional Distress
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5 percent of all verdicts.
Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.
West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help
If you have sustained injuries in the city of Los Angeles as a result of a scooter accident, a personal injury attorney at West Coast Trial Lawyers can help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.