Motorized scooters are on the rise, and companies such as Bird and Lime have made large strides on popularizing their rideshare scooter rental services. Easy to pick up and drop off, these scooters have begun littering the California landscape as more and more people have taken to using them as a form of transport.
While convenient, scooters have also increasingly been involved in accidents, and scooter-related injuries are on the rise all across the state. Sometimes accidents happen and no one is at fault, but there are other times where someone’s negligence or recklessness played a major factor, making them liable for the accident. In these cases, it’s possible that victims of scooter-related accidents could be entitled to compensation.
Who is Liable For My Scooter-Related Accident?
If you were injured in a scooter-related accident in California, we always recommend that you reach out to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Depending on the specifics of your accident, your first step should be in identifying any potential responsible parties (when applicable). These could include:
- Distracted or negligent drivers
- Other scooter riders
Furthermore, the scooter companies are fully responsible for the condition and continued operation of every scooter they’ve deployed. Worn tires, damaged electronics, faulty brakes, and even abandoned scooters that were left in a dangerous place all contribute to accidents. In these instances, a scooter company has shirked its maintenance and upkeep duties, and could be held liable for your accident.
Speak with a Qualified CA Personal Injury Attorney
Despite the protests of unhappy neighbors, annoyed law enforcement officials, and dismayed emergency room staff, scooters don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. If you were injured in a scooter-related accident, equip yourself with the knowledge that you need! Reach out to a qualified legal professional as soon as possible.
If you’d like to learn more, and to schedule a free initial consultation with a qualified personal injury attorney in CA, be sure to call us at the Law Office of Dean Petrulakis. And yes, we offer free initial consultations!