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E-scooters have become commonplace throughout many cities in California, including San Bernardino. People like the idea of utilizing these vehicles for convenient traveling purposes. Companies, such as Lime or Bird, continuously produce thousands of e-scooters and have placed them across various cities to make it more likely that people will come across them. It is a good strategy for Lime and Bird to encourage people to use their e-scooters when they get tired of walking. 

Even though e-scooters offer benefits, they may also bring some concerns. This includes:

  1. Negligent rider operating the e-scooter. Riders who choose to disobey the rules of the road may tend to get themselves into serious danger. Not only are they risking their own lives, but they are also endangering pedestrians and drivers nearby. 
  2. Inexperienced rider. Many people do not like the idea of e-scooters being easily accessible, especially for those who have little to no riding experience. They may have difficulty learning how to properly operate the vehicle. This can be a recipe for a dangerous e-scooter collision. 
  3. Several e-scooters were left on the ground. Unfortunately, it has been very common for riders to leave an e-scooter on the ground. This creates an unsafe condition for pedestrians. A trip and fall becomes much more likely to occur.

If you are a victim of an e-scooter accident and would like to sue the individual at-fault due to their negligence, West Coast Trial Lawyers has San Bernardino e-scooter accident attorneys with over 60 years of collective legal experience in handling personal injury. We have secured over $1 billion in settlements and judgments for our clients. Our team strives to make sure you get the maximum result you deserve for your losses. 

If you would like to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at our San Bernardino personal injury law firm, please contact our 24/7 legal team by calling (909) 787-2178 or emailing [email protected]

E-Scooter Rental Accidents

E-scooter accidents may occur under various circumstances. This includes:

  • Single e-scooter rider collision. When a rider loses control of their e-scooter, they are likely to get themselves into a serious accident. This does not necessarily mean that the rider is entirely at fault. There are several factors that may contribute to the loss of control. A defective e-scooter may have a loose handlebar or nonresponding brakes that will restrict the rider from maintaining the e-scooter. A property owner may have faulty pavements or giant potholes that can be dangerous for riders to go over. If the rider was not able to catch either of these, they could get themselves seriously injured.. 
  • E-scooter and car accident. There have been incidents where a driver opens their car door at the last minute. This is a dangerous situation for an e-scooter rider that is about to pass by the vehicle. The collision could easily cause a severe impact that forcefully knocks the rider to the ground. 

Another e-scooter and car accident may involve a rider losing control of their 

e-scooter and crashing straight into a nearby vehicle. This may result in serious 

injuries or even death.

  • E-scooter and pedestrian accident. An e-scooter and pedestrian accident may result in serious injuries for both parties. Here are some examples to give you an idea of how this type of injury may occur:
  1. Emily was waiting to cross the street. Before the light turns green, Emily checks both sides of the road and steps onto the crosswalk. She did not notice an oncoming e-scooter rider in the bike lane and was hit by the rider.
  2. Trevor is riding his e-scooter at 15 mph on a sidewalk. From far ahead, Derek is seen exiting a local bar and starts walking on the sidewalk. Unfortunately, Trevor did not notice Derek until a split second before the collision took place.
Since California is a comparative fault state, each party involved in the situation 

may share liability for the collision. This depends on various circumstances. If a 

rider was exceeding the speed limit and hit a pedestrian on the sidewalk, then 

they will be entirely held liable for illegally riding on the sidewalk and going past 

the normal speeding limit. However, if the pedestrian was walking on the 

crosswalk without permission and gets hit by a rider, then they could share 

liability for this incident. To share the percentage of fault, the rider must have 

been speeding or failing to keep an eye out on the road. 

  • Pedestrian tripping over an e-scooter. It is very common for those who rent e-scooters, such as Lime or Bird, to leave it on the ground after completing their session. This can cause pedestrians to suffer serious injuries from a trip and fall.  Pedestrians may be entitled to compensation for their losses. The person at-fault may differ, depending on the situation. Here are some examples. 
  • An e-scooter rider may be held liable if he or she intentionally leaves a scooter lying down on the street to have pedestrians trip over it.
  • An e-scooter company may be held liable if the scooter is left on the street for an unreasonable period of time.
  • A city may be held liable since they have the responsibility to remove e-scooters from the streets,
  • A premises owner may be held responsible if they have the scooter left abandoned on the street.
Liability and Damages After An E-scooter Accident

It may be difficult to figure out who is liable for an e-scooter accident. Liability is typically determined based on negligence. The individual at-fault may be the rider, driver, pedestrian, or some combination of the three. E-scooter riders are required to sign a user agreement. This will help determine who will be held liable for the e-scooter collision. 

Once the individual(s) at-fault is determined, the e-scooter victim will receive financial and emotional compensation for:

  1. Medical expenses.
  2. Lost wages.
  3. Emotional distress.
  4. Property damage.
  5. Pain and suffering.
  6. Loss of companionship or support.
  7. Reduced earning capacity.
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If you or a loved one were involved in a scooter accident, West Coast Trial Lawyers has San Bernardino e-scooter accident attorneys that have extensive experience in handling personal injury cases. We offer a free consultation at our San Bernardino personal injury law firm. Contact us by calling (909) 787-2178 or emailing [email protected]

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