9 Safety Tips For Riding a Scooter
How to Stay Safe on the Road While Riding a Scooter
An electric scooter is a fun way to get where you’re going without having to deal with the frustrations of parking and heavy traffic. Riding a scooter can benefit an individual by allowing them to get some fresh air and exercise, all while saving some money in the process. Convenience and ease, all for a low price. It seems like a win win. However, these convenient little devices also have the real potential of becoming extremely dangerous if you are not careful and do not practice safe riding habits. As the popularity of electric scooters increases, so does the likelihood of a scooter accident.
Below, our experienced scooter accident lawyers will discuss key safety tips for any scooter rider to minimize the event of an accident or injury. If you or a loved one suffered injuries as a result of a scooter accident, West Coast Trial Lawyers is always here to answer any questions you may have about claims and damages available to you.
Safety Tips for Riding a Scooter
- Be mindful of your surroundings. Not doing something as simple and essential as paying attention can place liability for an accident right in your hands. Paying attention to the road and pedestrians may not always be easy when you’re speeding around on a scooter and having a good time. However, please make the effort and focus on your surroundings. Ride only where you are supposed to and stay alert.
- Use security equipment. Accidents happen. In fact, there are accidents that you will just not be able to avoid, no matter how safety minded you are. Because the possibility of an accident is so high, you must protect your physical well being by using helmets and other types of pads. Some cities require helmets and others do not. We strongly recommend that you always use a helmet while riding a scooter. It can make a world of a difference.
- Do an equipment check. A quick equipment check shouldn’t take you more than a moment, but can help you discover any potential hazards before even starting your ride. First of all, check the tires on your scooter. Tires must not have worn out threads and must be maintained at a safe pressure. Furthermore, you should check to make sure that the brakes are working. It is also a good idea to physically make sure everything is sturdy and firmly in place.
- Don’t be in a rush. Take it easy out there and move at a moderate pace. The faster you’re going, the harder it will be to stop or slow down in the event of an unexpected obstacle or emergency. This is especially relevant at night or when inclement weather is present.
- Watch out for road barriers. If you are riding safely and paying attention, you will be more mindful of hazards like bumps and potholes. Hazardous roadways are a common cause of many scooter accidents. Therefore, it is wise to be on the lookout for such obstacles so that you have enough time to avoid them.
- Beware of slippery surfaces. Please be extra careful when you are riding on wet floors, and be cautious around marble and metallic surfaces.
- Don’t ride in inclement weather. For obvious reasons, rain will make riding around on a scooter that much more dangerous. Avoid riding a scooter when weather conditions create hazards on the roadways. Don’t ride in high winds or when a thunderstorm is likely.
- Don’t ride while under the influence. It goes without saying that drugs and alcohol often play a crucial role in many personal injury claims, and scooter accidents are no exception. Drinking plays a role in many scooter accident injuries, and according to a CDC survey, a third of individuals admitted to drinking in the hours leading up to their scooter accident.
- Don’t share a scooter. Just don’t do this. Not only do scooters have weight limits, but there isn’t enough space for more than one person to safely ride a scooter. In the event of an accident, you will be held responsible for the other person’s injuries.
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.
If you or a loved one was involved in a scooter accident, West Coast Trial Lawyers has skilled scooter accident attorneys that have extensive experience in handling personal injury cases. Our attorneys will help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. There are no financial risks involved when using our services.