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E-Scooter Personal Injury Attorney in West Palm Beach Florida

couple riding electric scooters

As a hotspot for travelers and tourists, West Palm Beach, Florida, is the scene of many road accidents over the course of the year. Now, it seems we’re looking out for another danger after the introduction of e-scooters around the area. 

In theory, e-scooters are fantastic because they allow us to get to work while taking one more car off the road. Since they run off a battery, the scooter doesn’t emit nasty toxins into the air, and we can be happy in reducing our carbon footprint.

The Problem?

In the past few months, the number of accidents involving e-scooters has increased. Sadly, there are a number of ways in which an accident can occur. Although we support the premise of e-scooters, one of the biggest problems is the safety of the roads. According to law, e-scooters have to be ridden on the road since they can travel at 15mph and they provide a danger to pedestrians. On the other hand, riders are scared or apprehensive about sharing the road with vehicles.

Accidents can occur in a number of ways. Firstly, the rider can collide with a negligent road user; with nothing to protect their body (in some cases, not even a helmet!), this has the potential to lead to life-changing injuries. Elsewhere, riders can slip or fall on the road, the scooter may malfunction, the rider may venture onto the sidewalk and lose control, or somebody may even tumble over a poorly-placed e-scooter.

As you can see, accidents can cause damage to the rider, other road users, pedestrians, and even construction workers in the road. Therefore, establishing liability is important with any e-scooter accident and we can help at The Injury Firm (more on this later!).

Potential Injuries in Electric Scooter Accidents In West Palm Beach

When an e-scooter and another vehicle collide, one party will come off worse and it will always be the rider of the e-scooter. With little protection, both the initial impact and the nasty landing can cause a number of injuries. For example, we’ve seen sprains, strains, cuts, head injuries, bruises, breaks, tears, fractures, lacerations, and facial injuries.

Depending on the extent of the injury, the damage can range from superficial to death. In between, there’s a potential for several months of rehab, permanent brain damage, and more.

When a scooter collides with a pedestrian, it’s the latter who suddenly has a lack of protection and may therefore succumb to serious injury.

Possible Costs after an E-Scooter Accident

E-Scooter Medical Bills

After being involved in an electric scooter accident, the obvious cost is the medical bills that arise. Even with light collisions, they can lead to trips to the emergency room just to check there aren’t any underlying injuries. As they increase in severity, costs could grow and include;

  • Emergency care
  • X-rays
  • Long stays in hospital
  • Surgery
  • Recovery
  • Rehabilitation appointments

Lost Wages Because of E-Scooter Injury

While you’re recovering, you won’t be able to work, and this causes financial insecurities for many. In fact, some people sacrifice a full recovery because they can’t afford to take time off work. Should victims of accidents where the liability lies elsewhere be forced into making a decision between financial difficulties or working while not fit enough?

Pain and Suffering

 

Finally, the third cost to an e-scooter accident isn’t an economical one. Instead, it comes from the pain and suffering you might experience as a result of the incident.

Should You Talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer?

After experiencing such an accident and going through the steps of recovery, you’re likely to have one question on your mind; should I contact a personal injury lawyer?

If you’ve suffered an expense, have had medical bills, or have been forced into taking time off work due to an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may just be entitled to compensation. As well as medical bills you’ve already received, there could also be a potential for future medical expenses. If there’s a liable party other than yourself, it may be that they have responsibility to pay these expenses.

At The Injury Firm, we’ve seen electric scooter accidents rise from a concern to a real problem. Over this time, we’ve been preparing ourselves for the legal changes and are now ready to help you. Whether there’s clear liability or you need help proving this matter, why not get in touch with one of our brilliant team members today?

Over the years, we’ve honed our craft in building successful compensation cases for victims whether a rider of scooters, a cyclist, or a driver. Even if the driver involved in the incident decided to drive away after the collision, we will use our resources to identify them. Ultimately, our aim will be to hold the guilty party accountable for their negligence. By doing this, we’re able to obtain your compensation but we can also do our bit to make the roads safer.

Choose The Injury Firm Today For Your E-Scooter Injury

After the initial consultation (which is free!), we’ll start to gather the facts, visit the accident scene, talk to eyewitnesses, and build an impenetrable case on your behalf. All the while, you can focus on recovery and get back to some form of normality.

When you choose a personal injury lawyer, you need to be sure of a few things;

  • They have the experience to deal with such cases
  • They understand the accident and your needs
  • They have the resources even if the case goes to court
  • They’re willing to put their all into doing what’s right for YOU

At The Injury Firm, we have a team of passionate and determined attorneys who have seen the increase of e-scooter cases. Even if you aren’t sure whether your injuries are ‘severe enough’, why not make the call and take advantage of our free consultation? We’ll be honest with your case and advise on the best steps to take moving forward!

Fort Lauderdale

2000 N.E. 45th Street
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308

Phone (954) 951-0000
Fax: (954) 951-1000
Email: info@flinjuryfirm.com

West Palm Beach

500 South Australian Ave.
Suite 600
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
(by appointment)

Toll-free: 833-332-1333

Boston

71 Commercial Street #40
Merchantile Building
Boston, MA 02109
(by appointment)

Toll-free: 833-332-1333

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