Los Angeles County E-Scooter Accident Attorneys
Electric Scooter Accident Claims in Southern California
Electric scooters available for rent from companies like Bird, Lime, Jump, and Spin have rapidly gained popularity throughout the Los Angeles area over the last few years. While in theory, e-scooters offer an environmentally friendly and affordable alternative to many other forms of urban commuting, in practice they are often handled recklessly by riders and regularly lead to serious accidents.
If you have been seriously injured while riding an e-scooter, or if you were in an accident caused by someone operating one, Block LLP may be able to secure compensation for your medical bills and other expenses. Our Burbank e-scooter accident attorneys have over a decade of experience standing up for the rights of the wrongfully injured, as well as a thorough understanding of e-scooter accident laws and regulations. We would be happy to put our skills and experience to work for you.
Laws Regarding E-Scooters in Burbank
Los Angeles has officially legalized electric scooters; however, certain rules apply just as they would for the operation of any other motorized vehicle. Riders are not allowed to travel at over 15 mph and must park their scooters upright and out of harm’s way. Operating an e-scooter under the influence of alcohol or drugs is punishable with a fine of up to $250.
Under California Vehicle Code Section 21235, anyone operating an e-scooter must:
- Always wear a helmet
- Avoid sidewalks and roads where the speed limit is over 25 mph
- Possess a valid driver’s license or instruction permit
- Ride alone
E-Scooter Accident Risks
Even though they resemble toys and travel at low speeds, e-scooters are surprisingly dangerous. Most e-scooter accidents occur on pavement, which can easily lead to painful cuts and bruises if not broken bones and serious head injuries. Also, due to their small size, it doesn’t take much for an e-scooter to lose control if it comes into contact with obstructions in the road.
Road hazards that commonly lead to e-scooter accidents include:
- Motor vehicles
Human factors can also make e-scooters dangerous, especially reckless behaviors like:
- Failing to wear proper safety gear, like helmets
- Haphazardly leaving scooters on sidewalks and in streets, which can get in the way of vehicle traffic and people with disabilities
- Riding e-scooters through crowded public spaces and on sidewalks
- Riding while exhausted, drunk, or on drugs
- Rider inexperience
- Tandem riding
- Underage or unlicensed riders taking e-scooters for a spin
One of the best ways to protect yourself if you are riding an e-scooter is to always wear a helmet, even if you’re only traveling a short way.
For motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians, make sure to be extra vigilant when traveling in an area where e-scooter use is common. Due to their small size and the fact that people aren’t used to having to look out for them, e-scooters can be easy to miss until it’s too late to avoid a collision with one.
Common Electric Scooter Accident Injuries
E-scooter accident injuries can range from mild to severe and even wrongful death in some cases, so we highly recommend taking safety instruction seriously when you ride one.
Injuries often associated with electric scooter accidents include:
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
- Bruises and cuts
- Crushing injuries
- Degloving injuries
- Eye injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Spine injury
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrongful death
The more serious your injury, the more time and money you will have to invest in your recovery. If you have been wrongfully injured at no fault of your own, you shouldn’t have to be responsible for covering the cost of your recovery on your own. Let our Burbank e-scooter accident attorneys help you collect evidence and build a strong claim. Our lawyers are experienced, dedicated, and personable and possess extensive trial experience. We will fight for you for as long as it takes to secure the just compensation you deserve.
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