An Irvine Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
An E-scooter is much different than an old fashioned scooter. Let’s clarify the difference first. E-scooters are not propelled by a rider’s momentum, but by an electric motor. E-scooters can easily travel up to 15 miles per hour, and therefore have the potential to cause injuries and property damage due to their increased speeds if a rider is not careful.
It is precisely because of their speed, ease of use, and low cost, that E-scooters have become very popular throughout the Irvine area, especially on college campuses. And it makes sense. E-scooter riders can quickly rent an E-scooter with a Smartphone app for as little as a dollar, plus mileage. Then, once the E-scooter arrives at their destination, they can just leave the scooter anywhere on the street for the next person to use. There are very few rules and laws regulating the safe usage of E-scooters, which is another serious problem with these devices. Determining liability is therefore very challenging.
If you have suffered injuries as a result of an E-scooter accident in the city of Irvine due to someone’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and more. Please don’t hesitate to contact us 24/7 at (949) 334-9200 or feel free to email us at [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring and compassionate legal team. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, we are always here to answer any questions you may have about E-scooter accident claims and we can help you determine whether or not you are entitled to damages.
|Irvine E-Scooter Lawyer||The Irvine Police Department credits California Vehicle Code, Article 5, sections 21220-23330 when they debuted their strict policies regarding electric scooters and public safety|
E- Scooter Laws In California
It makes more sense to say that there are very few specific E-scooter laws. This likely will change soon and is changing as we speak. However, the California state assembly passed a bill in 2018 to add clarity regarding the legality of scooter usage. This bill offers individual cities the opportunity to pass laws that make sense for their communities. However, there are a few regulations that are now set in place.
According to California law, e-scooters are legal. However, scooter riders are required to:
- Have a learner’s permit or a valid driver’s license
- Wear a helmet.
E-Scooter riders are not allowed to:
- Ride at speeds over 15 mph.
- Ride on the sidewalk.
- Exceed 25 mph, unless they are in a bike lane.
Liability And Damages After An E-Scooter Accident In Irvine
Determining liability after a scooter accident, and in other types of accidents that have very cloudy laws and regulations, is extremely complex. Nevertheless, the primary concern is always the issue of liability. Liability, or responsibility, is almost exclusively determined by negligence.
An Irvine E-scooter accident attorney will want to know: who was negligent? When it comes to E-scooter accidents, a negligent party can be the actual scooter rider, a motorist, a pedestrian, or even a combination of the three.
Let’s consider examples of each type E-scooter accident.
A single E-scooter accident can be caused when a rider simply loses control, or even when poor road conditions contribute towards causing an accident. If hazardous road conditions cause an E-scooter rider to lose control, he or she may have a claim against the city of Irvine.
Scooter accidents caused by a motorist are much more serious and have the potential of causing severe injuries. If you were hurt by a driver, you must be able to prove that the driver was negligent in causing your injuries.
Finally, scooter accidents can also be caused by a pedestrian. Say that someone is walking their dog on the street. The dog then escapes their owner and knocks over a pedestrian. In this example, the dog owner would be held liable for any injuries and losses caused.
It is also important to understand scooter user agreements and liability. An E-scooter user agreement can be used to determine liability in an E-scooter accident. All E-scooter users must sign an agreement, and these agreements are legally binding.
Unsurprisingly, an E-scooter agreement limits a company’s liability after an accident. For example, consider Lime’s user agreement, which:
- Requires riders to follow traffic laws, but doesn’t specify which laws or how to follow them.
- Forces riders to claim enough competency and physical fitness to ride an E-scooter.
- Requires riders to perform extensive safety inspections before going for a ride, and worse, disclaims liability for defective E-scooters.
Once liability has been determined, an E-scooter accident victim may be entitled to the normal compensatory damages that any other type of personal injury claim will qualify for such as, emotional distress, medical bills, property loss, lost wages, and possibly more.
West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Always Here To Help
If you have suffered injuries after an E-scooter accident in the city of Irvine due to negligence or deliberate acts of malice, you have the right to hold the guilty party responsible for your losses. An Irvine E-scooter accident attorney at our firm can recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including your medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering from your injury. Call us today at (949) 334-9200 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring and compassionate legal team.