Scooters are the talk of the town in major Californian cities, providing an easy method of transportation in congested cities. They are readily available on most street corners, and Stockton is no exception. But just because scooters are widely used does not make them safe.
Accidents are becoming more prevalent, with thousands of scooters now running in Stockton. In addition to being dangerous to ride, scooters are usually just left around, creating safety hazards and causing falls or other scooter accidents. As a scooter rider, you may already know that not all motorists are careful when they share the roads. Too often, distracted drivers cause severe injuries to scooter riders, changing a fun ride into life-changing injuries or fatalities.
If you are hurt due to someone else’s negligence or reckless behavior, please get in touch with a personal injury lawyer in Stockton immediately. An attorney can help fight for the compensation you deserve.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for an Accident Involving a Scooter?
Personal injury laws establish clear liability rules, which also apply to scooter accidents. That means a driver can be legally liable for a scooter accident if they were impaired, distracted, or otherwise negligent or violating state laws. As a scooter rider, you may also be liable if you ride in the incorrect lane, cross against a signal, or violate traffic laws. Ultimately, you and a driver can be assigned partial liability for a scooter accident if you were both negligent in causing it.
If a driver hit you due to defective brakes, the auto manufacturer may be held liable for your injuries and losses. A manufacturer can also be held accountable for your injuries if the scooter accident was caused by a defective motor vehicle.
Please note that under California law, while operating your electric scooter, you must follow several requirements, including the following:
At Brown & Gessell, our legal team can play an invaluable role in your scooter accident case. Our personal injury attorneys can help you seek immediate medical treatment and manage your ongoing medical care. Moreover, we can investigate the scooter accident, gather evidence, and talk to eyewitnesses to determine that another party has acted in a careless or wrongful matter. Contact us to discuss your legal options and fight for your compensation.
What Are the Most Common Injuries in Scooter Accidents?
If you collide with a car or truck, the force of the impact can lead to life-threatening and catastrophic injuries. Scooter injuries may not be as severe as car accident injuries due to their relatively low speed. But this is not always the case, and like pedestrians and bicyclists, scooter riders almost have no protection from the force of impact.
Some of the most common injuries in scooter accidents include the following:
More than 1.7 million people suffer from traumatic brain injury in the United States, while 5.3 million currently live with disabilities caused by these injuries. Head injuries could cause chronic neck pain, facial scarring, or severe conditions that may affect you for the rest of your life.
If you were harmed in a scooter accident due to a negligent driver, the at-fault party has a legal obligation to compensate you for your injuries and losses.
Broken bones are common in almost any personal injury accident. Such injuries might pierce nearby blood vessels and cause internal bleeding. If you have been injured in a Stockton scooter accident, be sure to get immediate medical treatment.
Soft Tissue Injuries
These injuries involve the tendons, muscles, or ligaments and are common in motor vehicle accidents. However, it is common for insurance companies to try to devalue a soft tissue injury claim and portray your injuries as being minor or insignificant.
At Brown & Gessell, we know insurance companies’ various tactics to minimize your settlement. Do not let the insurance companies short-change you. Our personal injury attorneys can work on your behalf by fighting the insurance companies and getting you the compensation you deserve, including lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses, or loss of enjoyment of life.
Causes of Scooter Accidents
Electric scooters are an environmentally friendly way to get around Stockton, CA. Due to their accessibility and ease of use, most people use scooters as their everyday means of transportation. Unfortunately, accidents may still happen even when most riders follow safety traffic laws. Some of the most common causes of scooter accidents include:
- Car doors opening
- Driver blind spots
- Damaged pavement
- Dangerous left turns
- Driving under the influence
- Intersection collisions
- Mechanical malfunctions
- Negligent or distracted car drivers
- Scooter vandalism
- Splitting lanes with another motorist
- Unsafe road conditions
If you or a family member has been hurt in a scooter accident in Stockton or anywhere in northern California, we can help. Our law firm has extensive knowledge and skills in pursuing personal injury claims with a proven track record of reaching the best possible results for our clients.
Injured in a Scooter Accident in Stockton, CA? Call Brown & Gessell
Knowing what to do after a scooter or other traffic accident may be challenging. Contact the personal injury lawyers at Brown & Gessell today or fill out the online form to schedule a free consultation. Our legal team can evaluate your personal injury case and fight on your behalf to ensure you get the recovery you deserve.
Our compassionate and honest personal injury lawyers are ready to meet you and pursue the most favorable outcome. We accept clients on a contingency basis, meaning you only pay us if we win your case.