Have you been injured in an electric scooter accident? Whether you were the operator or an innocent bystander, electric scooter collisions can result in serious injury.
These scooter accidents have been on the rise in DC. Chances are, you’ve seen these scooters whizzing around the city or have even been on one yourself. Electric scooter companies such as Lime, Byrd, Spin and Jump have littered the street corners of Washington DC with their two-wheeled, electric-powered and app-operated two-wheeled vehicles.
While these scooters can be a very fun, practical and convenient way to get across the busy streets of DC, they can also be very dangerous.
Why Are Electric Scooters In DC Becoming So Dangerous?
There are number of factors at play, here. Sharing the busy roads and sidewalks with pedestrians, cars, trucks, public transportation buses and bicyclists makes for a pretty dicey mix as it is.
In addition, there are a few things that are unique to the scooters in DC that add some inherent danger, such as…
- Most electric scooters are not maintained or regularly serviced. Once they reach their max life, they are pulled off the streets. You don’t want to be the unlucky person riding one of these scooters on the last day of its service life.
- There is no experience or training required. Almost anybody with a mobile phone can rent a scooter right off the street; they’re easily accessible and riders can be up and running in just a few quick seconds, regardless of how well they can operate on two wheels.
- They’re fast – these scooters can reach speeds fast enough to cause serious injury to both the operator or a nearby pedestrian in the event of a collision.
- Where to ride? Riding in the street with other fast-moving vehicles is dangerous; riding on the sidewalk puts innocent pedestrians in harm’s way.
- High speeds and small tires – this makes for an extremely dangerous combination. At high speeds and tires that aren’t designed for anything other than smooth pavement, the slightest crack, bump or pothole in the road can send someone flying right over the handle bars.
Scooter Accidents May Be Due to Negligence
In some cases a scooter accident may be human error. Distracted, inexperienced operators are a real problem. However, there are also reports that a growing number of scooter accidents are caused by mechanical failure – an issue that may stem from the scooter manufacturer.
This may be due to poor maintenance, or a manufacturing defect that came from the factory.
Additionally, scooters left on the street don’t always get proper care and maintenance. Because electric scooters are a new method of transportation, there may be design flaws which are only picked up later, after the scooters have gone into production. In many cases, there are sufficient grounds for pursuing a negligence claim. Get in touch now to find out whether you may be entitled to compensation.
What To Do After A Scooter Accident Injury?
You’ll want to contact one of the experienced accident attorneys at Zukerberg & Halperin. This really cannot be stressed quite enough. These injuries are on the rise but, despite the increase, they’re new to not only the people of Washington DC but also to lawmakers, courts, judges, insurance companies, and even some of the most experienced injury attorneys.
Fortunately, the electric scooter injury attorneys at Zukerberg & Halperin PLLC can help you. A scooter injury lawyer is on hand to assist with your claim today if you have been seriously injured while riding a scooter or after being involved in a collision with a scooter.
The scooter accident lawyers at our firm are helping to spearhead the legal process for these types of injuries and claims. We are on the forefront of a new wave of accidents that DC has yet to be able to handle and navigate. Major manufacturers are always sure to waive any liability on their end in their user agreements and, unlike with car accidents, there typically are no insured parties. This can sometimes cause trouble for lesser accident attorneys, even if there are serious injuries sustained in the scooter crash. Fortunately, our lawyers are familiar with handling these types of cases and are helping to make groundbreaking changes in the legal community for these accident types.
What Types Of DC Scooter Injuries Might Qualify For A Lawsuit?
Each case is different, though some common types of scooter accident injuries may include:
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Lacerations, severe bleeding and scarring
- Injuries to the face
- Road rash
Are The Scooter Companies To Blame?
Lime, Spin, Jump and Byrd are some of the electric scooter companies licensed to do business in Washington, D.C. Scooters are fun, but injuries are serious. You need a top rated lawyer on your side. Do not try dealing with these companies directly… it is best to speak with a scooter injury attorney first. If you have sustained significant injuries, you will likely need legal representation in order to receive any type of compensation to cover your medical bills and/or other damages.
Scooter Accident Lawyers – Washington DC
We can work with clients at every stage of the case, helping and advising our clients. In your initial consultation, which is always free, our trusted lawyers will evaluate your claim. If we accept your case, you will will have a top D.C. personal injury lawyer working for you. Our lawyers have 50-plus combined years of experience in personal injury, including scooters, bike share, cars and truck accidents.
Washington DC Scooter Accident Attorney – No Fees Unless We Win
If you have been hurt in an electric scooter collision, give our attorneys a call today. You should be proactive in finding out your rights from a trusted attorney and advocate. Do not miss out on the potential opportunity to claim the money that is rightfully yours! Call us at (202) 335-2079 to let us earn your trust.