Scooter Riding Accident and Risk Prevention
How to Avoid Scooter Riding Accident Lawsuits
In Los Angeles, scooters are becoming more common for transportation usage. Companies like Lyft, Bird, and Lime have made it easy and accessible for individuals to use scooters to go to their desired locations. All of these companies have apps available on smartphones to authorize these scooters. Even though traveling with a scooter has become more convenient, safety has noticeably become a big concern.
There are many risks involved when riding on a scooter. It is important for individuals to learn about the dangers of using a scooter and how to prevent themselves from getting into an accident.
In the United States, nearly 1,500 injuries and deaths were caused by scooter accidents within the past year. There are several types of injuries that an individual may suffer from. The most common types of injuries relating to scooter accidents include:
- Broken bones,
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI),
- Concussions, or
- Internal bleeding.
The individual could also die if they get into a serious scooter accident with another vehicle or object.
There are several risks involved when riding a scooter. This includes:
- Dangerous roads. Roadway defects are quite common. Individuals need to look out for faulty pavements, debris, gravel, and potholes. Failure to do so will result in loss of control or contact with another vehicle nearby. Several scooter accidents have happened because of this. Riders can make an attempt at avoiding road hazards, but will be unaware of the oncoming vehicles, thus resulting in a collision.
- Reckless behavior. There are riders that will take advantage of riding a scooter in a negligent manner. This involves individuals who are riding at a high speed or doing dangerous stunts, which could affect other drivers or riders as they are trying to pass by. These reckless riders could create an accident if they are not careful enough with what they are doing.
- Insufficient protection. Compared to cars, scooters do not have a lot of protection. There are no safety bags or seat belts available for the rider to utilize. If they get into a collision, they could face more severe injuries compared to a driver.
- No experience. Individuals who have little to no experience with riding a scooter could get themselves hurt, especially if they are riding during heavy traffic. It is important for riders to practice in an empty area where there are not a lot of vehicles around.
- Visibility. Since scooters are not as big as cars or motorcycles, it could be difficult for other drivers to notice them.
- Stability issues. Scooters could end up giving the rider a hard time maintaining stability, especially when abrupt braking and swerving happens.
- Intoxication. There are riders who will intoxicate themselves with drugs or alcohol and still choose to ride a scooter. This can create a big risk factor for other drivers or riders that are nearby.
To prevent yourself from being involved in a scooter accident, it is highly recommended that you do the following:
- Wear protective gear when you are using the scooter. This includes a helmet, knee pads, shin guards, wrist guards, and elbow pads.
- Avoid riding the scooter on the sidewalk. You will increase your chances of making physical contact with pedestrians walking by. You must ride your scooter in the bicycle lane. Make sure that you are visible to vehicles around you to prevent getting into an accident.
- Do not go too fast. Being in a rush and riding too quickly will increase your chances of crashing into a vehicle or pedestrian.
- Do not use a scooter if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. You will not be able to put your focus on making sure that you and others around you are safe. If you notice another rider who is under the influence, make sure to stay far away from them to protect yourself from getting into a collision with them.
- Go with the flow of traffic. You must ride your scooter in the same direction as traffic. Make sure to use hand signals to keep drivers around you aware of which lane you are planning to merge into.
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.
Limitations for Damages in California
For the most part, there is no real cap on compensatory damages following a personal injury claim. This means that courts are able to award any amount they feel is appropriate and reasonable.
However, the only exception is regarding medical malpractice cases. In these cases, the limit for pain and suffering and other non-economic losses is $250,000.
West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help
If you were involved in a scooter accident and want to file a lawsuit against the individual at-fault, West Coast Trial Lawyers has skilled attorneys that have experience with handling personal injury cases relating to scooter accidents. Our attorneys will help you recover financial and emotional compensation for your losses, which include medical costs, property damage, lost wages, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.
We offer a free, no-obligation consultation with the attorneys at our firm. No fees are charged until the case is settled. Reach out to our legal team 24/7 by calling (213) 927-3700 or emailing [email protected].