A recent transportation trend has seen people of all ages begin to use electric scooters, also known as e-scooters, to travel in cities throughout the United States. An e-scooter is a powered stand-up scooter which uses a small electric motor. This mode of transportation is especially popular in warm weather or mild climates. Electric or motorized scooters are a more efficient way to get around compared to walking. In addition, they can be a great way to see a city if you are a tourist. However, as with any motorized device, people face the risks of serious accidents and injuries that can occur while operating them.
Injuries While Riding E-Scooters
Riders should pay attention to the terrain where they are riding an electric scooter. If a person accidentally hits a crack in a sidewalk or uneven pavement at any speed, they may lose control and fall, which could result in broken bones, lacerations, concussions, punctured lungs, and more. If the hazards in the roadway are due to maintenance issues by a negligent property owner, victims might be able to pursue compensation for any injuries sustained while operating the scooter.
If the e-scooter is found to have defective parts that caused an accident, the manufacturer could be liable. Recently, an electric scooter manufacturer announced that a defect in their scooters could cause batteries to smolder or even catch fire, leading to serious burn injuries. The company also urged riders to be extra cautious because of a technical problem that could cause “sudden excessive braking” during rides, which may result in a rider flipping over the handlebars. In these cases, victims could sustain bone fractures or traumatic brain injuries.
Other e-scooter accidents can involve a car or truck striking a person on a scooter, resulting in serious injury or even death. This could be caused by a distracted or drunk driver behind the wheel of one of those motor vehicles, or because a driver does not take extra care to remain aware of everyone on the road around them. Be sure to call the police or seek immediate medical attention in these types of incidents. Documentation such as a police report or hospital bill can be necessary in order to receive compensation for injuries caused by the negligence of another driver. A victim may also be entitled to compensation for any missed work or reduction in wages resulting from their injuries.
Contact an Appleton E-Scooter Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured while using an electric scooter, you may be able to receive compensation from the negligent party or parties, including a manufacturer of a defective e-scooter or a driver who struck you. The knowledgeable team at Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd. can help you understand your options for seeking damages, and we will work with you to ensure that you receive the full and fair compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact a Green Bay personal injury attorney at 920-739-7366 for a free initial consultation.