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. A scooter is a great way of getting some fresh air and exercise, all while saving a little money in the process. Convenience and ease, all for a low price. It seems like a win win. However, these fun little devices also have the real potential of becoming extremely dangerous if you are not careful and 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 injuries. If you or a loved one suffered injuries as a result of a scooter accident, the experienced scooter accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers are always here to answer any questions you may have about scooter accident claims and damages available to you.
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, pedestrians, traffic, and road obstacles 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. Also, 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.
Beware of 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.
Also, beware of slippery surfaces: Please be extra careful when you are riding on wet floors, and be careful 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 an electrical storm 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. Scooters are inexpensive. There’s no reason for riders not to ride their own scooter. Be safe out there.