Electric scooters look like fun, and they can make getting from place to place a breeze. However, they can also lead to serious injuries. At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we know that you may have questions about these electric scooters. Our Philadelphia electric scooter accident lawyers want to take some time to discuss these incidents. If you have been in a scooter crash, do not hesitate to call us today.
What kind of scooters are around our area?
There are several scooter companies looking to set up in the Philadelphia area. These include Lime and Bird. Electric scooters weigh less than 100 pounds and can reach speeds of 20 mph. To use these scooters, riders must download the app that pertains to the scooter in question, scan the barcode on the scooter, pay the fare, and take off towards their destination.
When they are finished riding, passengers essentially leave the scooters wherever they want, though there may be certain drop off points throughout the city.
What kind of injuries can happen in electric scooter crashes?
Scooter riders have very little protection in the event an accident occurs. Pedestrians around scooter riders have no protection either. When a crash occurs, a range of injuries could occur. It is not uncommon to see the following after a scooter crash:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
There have even been some scooter crashes in the US that has led to fatalities.
Who is liable in an electric scooter crash?
Determining liability in these incidents depends on what happened to cause the crash. Many people think that the scooter company is liable for damages, but that is rarely the case. The only time these companies offer coverage for an injury is if the incident was caused by a defective scooter.
When riders download the apps to use the scooters, they generally agree that any injuries or damages caused by the crash are the rider’s responsibility. If you crash a scooter and get hurt, you are responsible for the expenses. If you crash into another person and cause them harm, you could face a personal injury claim by the injured person.
If a scooter rider is struck by a negligent driver, the case will be treated like a pedestrian accident and the driver could be liable for the damages and injuries.
How can we help you with this case?
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a scooter crash that was caused by the careless or negligent actions of another person, seek legal assistance today. At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we understand these cases and are ready to get to work securing the compensation you deserve. This could include:
- Compensation for your medical bills
- Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
- General household expenses
- Possible physical therapy expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages against a negligent party
If you need a Philadelphia electric scooter accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling 215-543-7220.