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Common Scooter Accident Injuries In California


An Electric Scooter Accident Lawyer Can Help


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. According to a study from the Centers For Diseases Control, 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 are 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 possibly receive from a scooter accident:

Head or Brain Injury. Head and brain injuries result when the damage has been done to the skull. Common head injuries include:

  • Concussions
  • Skull fractures
  • Scalp wounds
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage or intracerebral hemorrhage
  • Edema or swollen tissues within the skull

Neck and Back Injuries. 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. Affect areas around the mouth, such as 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 and Abdomen Injuries. Those with abdominal injuries usually suffer from:

  • An increased heart rate
  • Excessive sweating
  • Clammy skin
  • Confusion
  • Breathing complications

Spinal Cord Injuries. 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

Available Damages


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
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
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

Punitive Damages
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% 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 WIll Help You Earn Maximum Compensation For Your Scooter Accident
If you have sustained injuries in the city of Los Angeles as a result of a scooter accident, a personal injury attorney at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call West Coast Trial Lawyers today at (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.

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