Car Accidents Involving Scooters – Everything You Need To Know (Part 2)
Hospitals in major cities are seeing first hand the dangerous injuries caused by the scooter transportation trend. While scooters may look like toys, riders of all ages are reporting serious injuries including three recent deaths. So, what should you do if you have been in a scooter accident?
Scooter Accidents and Injuries
If you need proof of the surge in scooter use, look no further than the emergency room. Physicians from prominent medical centers, especially those in California where the e-scooter boom began, are reporting significant increases in scooter-related injuries. One San Francisco emergency room doctor estimates he sees at least ten severe scooter injuries per week. Injuries include everything from road rash, broken teeth and bones, to severe head and neck injuries affecting the spinal cord and brain. Users underestimate the dangers of riding scooters and the combination of inexperienced riders, lack of helmet use, poorly maintained scooters and inherent dangers of riding a small vehicle combine to form the perfect opportunity for accidents.
So, What Should You Do If You Are In A Scooter Accident?
First, and foremost, if you need medical attention seek it immediately and follow through on all of your doctor’s treatment recommendations.
While at the accident scene, collect all possible evidence including photographs and contact information of any witnesses. After the accident, obtain a copy of the police report.
Never give statements to an insurance company without first consulting with an attorney. Saying the wrong thing to an insurance adjuster may have a negative impact on your potential settlement.
If you are using a rented scooter, keep copies of all user agreements.
Many attorneys offer free consultations, so take advantage of these services and seek the advice of a skilled personal injury attorney to advise you on the best course of action.
A Warning About User Agreements and Arbitration
A common criticism of shared e-scooters is the terms of the user agreement. Before renting a scooter, users are often required to agree to certain terms, which may include limitations on a rider’s ability to sue. These user agreements frequently require users to pursue all claims through binding arbitration. What does this mean? Well, if your accident is caused through some fault of the rideshare company (e.g., negligence in maintaining the scooter), you would be unable to sue the company in court and would be forced to pursue your claims through a process called arbitration. Arbitration is known for being unfavorable to consumers. It is easy to quickly hit the “Accept Terms” button on these agreements, but make sure you are aware of the rights you may be giving away.
The personal injury attorneys with the Kelly Law Team are experienced in handling scooter accident cases and are here to help. Call us now for a free consultation at 602-283-4122.