California’s Common Scooter Accident Injuries
Common Kinds of Scooter Accident Injuries and Compensation
Since its conception in 1996, the invention of the electric scooter has worked its way from serving as an infrequent luxury to a daily essential item used for much more than just pleasure, but for commuting and general travel. Major companies, such as Bird, Lime, and Jump, have created scooter ride sharing communities that have introduced electric scooters into mainstream society.
With the convenience of the “drop and go” policy, riders are able to smoothly drop their off-road vehicles almost anywhere, making it easier to get to work and reach appointments. However, the shadow side to this electric phenomenon is that with more scooters on our already congested roads, it is more likely for an accident to occur. If you or a loved one have been injured in a scooter accident, you may have a personal injury case. Contact West Coast Trial Lawyers, the best electric scooter accident lawyers in Los Angeles.
Electric Scooter Injuries
Dockless electric scooters are responsible for over 38.5 million trips a year according to a study from the National Associate of City Transport officials. The Centers for Disease Control also conducted a study which indicates that 20 riders are injured for every 100,000 e-scooter trips. In these accidents, most sustained head injuries and more unfortunate victims maintained traumatic brain injuries.
The study mentions that most of these accidents could have been avoided. However, the rider was not wearing a helmet. In fact, only one out of 190 injured scooter riders were reported to have been wearing a helmet.
Typical Injuries Received From Scooter Accidents
As more off-road vehicles enter the already saturated California streets, the potential of an accident drastically increases.
Below is a detailed list of the injuries you could potentially receive from a scooter accident.
Head or Brain Injury. Head and brain injuries occur when damage has been done to the skull. Common head injuries include:
- Skull fractures
- Scalp wounds
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Subarachnoid hemorrhage or intracranial hemorrhage
- Edema or swollen tissues within the skull
Neck or Back Injury. Neck and back injuries can cause extreme and debilitating pain, even if the damage avoids major nerves. Numbness, tingling, and paralysis can occur if damage to the neck and the back is not checked in a timely fashion.
Facial Injuries. Facial injuries affect areas around the mouth, such as the lips and teeth, but can also include areas around the eyes and cheeks. Symptoms may include:
- Facial swelling, misshaping, or paralysis
- Skin infections and rashes
- Bruising and discoloration
- Complications with breathing, seeing, talking, and swallowing
Chest or Abdomen Injury. Those who injure their chest or abdomen will have these symptoms:
- An increased heart rate
- Excessive sweating
- Clammy skin
- Breathing complications
Spinal Cord Injury. Spinal cord injuries tend to be the most severe and can have lifelong effects. Symptoms of a spinal cord injury may include:
- Sexual malfunction
- Limited movement
- Intense pain
- Spasms or involuntary reflexes
- Loss of bladder control
- Unbalanced motions
- Difficulty breathing
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 your losses, which include medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.