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E-Scooter Personal Injury Attorney in Fort Lauderdale

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When it comes to technology, it can be separated into two categories; essential and luxury. In the medical field, we’ve seen some sensational new technology enter the market and it has the potential to save lives (or at least make lives more comfortable). On the other hand, we’ve welcomed the rise of smartphones, tablets, and even gadgets in our vehicles. Recently, it has been e-scooters making the headlines.

As we all know, the roads have been getting busier over the years. With this in mind, many commuters have made the switch to e-scooters to get around Fort Lauderdale. In case you haven’t seen them, they stick with the classic two-wheel scooter design but they’re electronically operated. Whenever you need to get from point A to point B, just hop on, take advantage of the motor, and allow the e-scooter to carry you.

E-Scooter Increase in Popularity

In recent months, e-scooters have been capturing the imagination in Fort Lauderdale and it now means we have companies setting up e-scooter stations. For example, the likes of Lime, Bolt, and Bird allow users to download their special app. From here, the scooters can be unlocked for a small fee and ridden around the city. Typically, the apps will charge a certain amount per mile or minute of riding time.

The general manager of Lime Florida, Jed Fluxman, has noted how 48,000 miles were covered in their first three weeks of operation. In this short period, 14,000 unique riders took advantage of the e-scooters whether they were travelling to work, meeting up with friends, or perhaps just wanted to ride around.

Risks of E-Scooters

On the one hand, we have to praise the companies and their users for reducing their carbon footprint. At a time where we need to be consciously looking after our planet, deciding to take an e-scooter to work rather than drive or even using public transport should be praised. However, on the other hand, there are risks and dangers that come with e-scooters in Fort Lauderdale.

Firstly, the riders themselves are putting themselves at risk because they may not be required to wear a helmet. If we look at the wider trend across the United States, even cities and states that require cyclists to wear helmets don’t have similar laws in place for those riding scooters. Considering these scooters are available to everybody, those with little experience are at risk of falling off, losing control, or otherwise having an electric scooter accident.

Furthermore, riders are encouraged to use the scooters in the street or on bicycle pathways since they can actually travel up to 15mph (24kph). Yet, this hasn’t been the case in Fort Lauderdale just yet. Since some riders have admitted their concerns for riding on the street due to other vehicles, there has been collisions and accidents with pedestrians.

Sadly, there are a number of ways an e-scooter accident can occur. For example;

  • The scooter could malfunction, and the rider could be thrown into other vehicles, pedestrians, or suffer a nasty fall.
  • A negligent driver could ignore, fail to see, or disrespect the scooter rider on the road.
  • The scooter rider could be careless and cause injury to a third party.
  • The scooter rider could trip or fall while on the scooter (a problem exacerbated by the lack of helmet).
  • The scooter may be left in an unsafe location causing a third party to slip, trip, or fall.

As a reliable and professional attorney, we, at The Injury Firm, can tell you that the number of calls regarding electric scooters is increasing. If you’ve experienced an injury as a direct result of an electric scooter, we urge you to get in touch with us immediately. In recent times, we’ve carefully studied the introduction of e-scooters and feel comfortable with the regulations that govern this particular area of law.

Potential Injuries with E-Scooters

Ultimately, the injuries we see with e-scooters are similar to those that have existed for cyclists for generations. When in a collision, there’s nothing to protect scooter riders. Considering that they’re probably not braced for a collision, you can probably imagine the damage that can be caused.

When riders take the scooter onto the sidewalk illegally, this puts all pedestrians in danger too. If the rider loses control or travels too fast along the sidewalk, there’s little a pedestrian can do to avoid an e-scooter accident. Suddenly, they have somebody (and the scooter) hurtling towards them with very little protection.

With this in mind, we’ve seen the following injuries;

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Facial injuries
  • Bruises
  • Cuts
  • Lacerations
  • Head injuries
  • Fractures of the collarbone, arms, and wrists

As soon as the rider starts taking more risks or riding without due care and attention, the potential injuries become worse. For example, we’ve seen cases where two people were riding the scooter with neither wearing a helmet. Elsewhere, adults have allowed their child to ride while some scooters are left abandoned in the middle of sidewalks. During busy periods of the day in Fort Lauderdale, this causes chaos.

E-Scooter Accident Medical Costs

While some collisions and accidents only cause small scratches (and a little embarrassment!), others are more serious and require a lawyer. If you’ve experienced any of the injuries listed above, you probably required medical attention. Not only will medical assistance be required initially, the more severe accidents also require long-term help.

For example, a recent case saw a victim paying for a visit to the emergency room, a stay at the hospital, x-rays, and more. When riders collide with vehicles, there’s also a potential of surgery. Normally, this is just the start because the recovery period will require physical therapy and all sorts of rehabilitation.

Just as we’ve seen with cyclists through the years, a small number of cases will also leave the victim with permanent disabilities as a result of contact to the head. Sometimes, they need round-the-clock care either temporarily or for the rest of their lives. As you can see, the dangers of e-scooter accidents are severe.

If you or a family member has been forced into finding the money for medical bills, it’s important you contact an attorney who can seek the compensation you deserve. In these types of cases, the victim should never be crippled financially when there’s a clear party to blame for an accident. With our support, you can build a case that yields compensation and allows you to recover in the right way.

Liability with an Electric Scooter Accident

If you contact an e-scooter lawyer (well, a specialist in the field at least!), the first thing we need to do is find liability. It’s easy to blame the scooter or the rider since they’re new to the roads, but not all cases will have the rider as the guilty party.

In previously months, we’ve certainly seen riders disobeying traffic laws and causing unnecessary risks with their riding. However, many riders follow the laws of the road and just want to utilize this fantastic new method of getting around Fort Lauderdale. In these cases, they may be injured by a negligent driver in the traffic lanes or while crossing intersections.

Unfortunately, we can’t ignore the prevalence of aggressive driving, distracted driving, drunk driving, speeding, and various other problems on the road. With this being a problem for many years and still no end in sight, this is one of the reasons why some scooter riders are worried about riding in the street.

In some cases, the liability may not fall with the e-scooter rider or another driver. No, we’ve also seen faulty scooters, malfunctioning brakes, and even problems with the road itself. While a car can normally navigate lumps and bumps in the road, they are far more pronounced for those on scooters. With a slight bump in the road, this can cause the rider to lose control and injure themselves.

As we’ve mentioned previously, The Injury Firm is experienced in this growing field and this is important when assessing liability. Once you contact us, our job will be to assess the facts of the electric scooter accident before then identifying who is reliable. Without this key piece of information, compensation will be impossible to recover so this is likely to be the first step.

How Can The Injury Firm Help?

In the coming months, it seems as though e-scooters are only going to become more popular so it’s important a precedent is set for these types of cases. If you’ve been injured as a rider or a pedestrian, we have the resources and skills to recuperate compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and even pain and suffering.

Of course, you have the option to go it alone. However, in this new field, the guilty party may find some way out of paying compensation and this isn’t what we want for the industry. Instead, we can compile the facts of the incident, investigate the accident scene, and build a case likely to yield compensation. Whether this is in the form of a settlement or a court case, we have the resources to take it wherever it needs to go for the result you desire.

After an accident, the only thing you should be concentrating on is recovery. While you rest and allow your body to recover from the injuries (or even just the shock), we’ll dig deeper into the case and assess liability. In some cases that we’ve seen, the driver of the vehicle speeds off after being involved in an accident. Rather than giving up and dealing with the costs yourself, contact us and we’ll do our best to identify the driver through CCTV, eyewitness reports, and more.

When to Contact an Attorney

For an electric scooter accident in Fort Lauderdale, you have to keep in mind the statute of limitations. Set at two years, it’s always best to contact an attorney as soon as possible after your injury. The sooner you reach out to The Injury Firm, the more chance we have of building a strong case. Over time, evidence evaporates, and it can be hard to contact eyewitnesses and gather important information.

For this reason, we take all the hassle out of the process. With a free, no-obligation consultation, you can talk to us about your accident and start the conversation towards compensation. If we decide to take on your case, we’ll work with passion and determination. What’s more, you only pay after the case has been successful - it comes with NO RISK!

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