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9 Safety Tips For Riding A Scooter -- Insight From the Best Scooter Accident Injury Lawyers
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.
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
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:
Pain and Suffering
Loss of Enjoyment of Life
Other Non-Economic Damanges
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 are only incorporated in 5% 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.
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 financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering from your injury. There are no financial risks involved when using our services. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation at our firm. No fees are paid until your case is settled. Reach out to our legal team 24/7 by calling (213) 927-3700 or emailing [email protected]
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If you have been injured in an accident, you can count on the legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers to fight for your rights every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney.