The age of the rideshare has arrived. People can share cars, bikes, scooters and other micromobility machines to get from point A to point B wherever they may be in Los Angeles.
The options are great for anyone who wants to be rid of the hassle involved with owning cars and SUVs. But as people across the valley launch forward with rideshares, no one should be left behind. In addition to the traditional standing scooters, Lime has launched an accessible electric scooter for those who live with disabilities or are temporarily disabled. The amazing option is definitely easier to handle, but it’s important to keep in mind that it comes with the same risk of accidents that all scooters do.
Scooter Accident Dangers in Los Angeles
Piloting e-scooters is a skill that is learned with experience, but when you pair that challenge with the dangers of traveling alongside cars and SUVs the risk-factor rises exponentially.
A UC San Francisco study puts the hazards into perspective. Researchers found the number of scooter-related injuries and hospital admissions in the U.S. grew by 222% between 2014 and 2018. That percentage equates to 39,000 reported injuries. Hospital admissions also skyrocketed by 365% to a total of nearly 3,300 incidents over the same 5-year period.
Finding Help After a Scooter Accident
The threat is clear for riders with and without disabilities. Someone who hops on an electric scooter may have a hard enough time learning to stay onboard but then add in the threat from distracted drivers in much bigger and faster vehicles. Distracted drivers may not even bother to take a second-look for riders when suddenly they’ve collided with a scooter.
The injuries suffered by the rider can be severe and life-threatening. Victims left with a long recovery will find themselves with expensive medical bills and likely some missed time at work. At this difficult time, victims might need an attorney with Los Angeles Bicycle Law to sort out just who may be held responsible for the accident. Is it the driver who caused the accident, the Lime company, or perhaps both? It’s an important question because it also determines who can be made to compensate you for your injuries.
Accessible Electric Scooters
These new accessible scooters feature bigger tires to handle bumps better. They come equipped with seats and bigger handlebars. They are built to make things easier for anyone with a lifelong disability or someone who temporarily has a fractured leg or foot.
The effort may make it easier for those with disabilities to get around, but the risk of injury and a lack of insurance coverage is a concern every rider might have to confront.
Accident Insurance Coverage
If an accident is caused by someone else, then a claim for damages can be filed against that person and his or her insurance policy. A local attorney with Los Angeles Bicycle Law can help you with this process to make sure your entire recovery is paid for.
In an accident that doesn’t involve another person or vehicle, say you fall off your scooter and are injured, your own health insurance is generally the only coverage you can depend on in recovery.
Lime often escapes blame because they make you check a user agreement that lets them off the hook. Generally, they can only be targeted in a lawsuit if there was a malfunction with a scooter itself. There may be other ways to hold them responsible and each case is different. An attorney can help you sort through the options.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I talk to Lime representatives after an accident?
Do not give Lime any statements on your accident after an injury. Let an attorney working for you communicate with Lime and it’s representatives. Lime will have a team of lawyers who will use any statement you make to weaken your case. They are looking for any reason possible to dismiss your lawsuit.
What’s the deadline for filing a claim for an injury after a scooter accident?
In California, the victim of any accident usually has two years from the date of the injury or from the date the injury was made known. If you are going to file a claim, contact an attorney so you can file as soon as possible. The more time that passes after an accident, the harder it will be to collect documents and evidence and find witnesses to build a strong case against Lime.
Can I file a claim for an injury even if I wasn’t wearing my helmet?
In California, you only have to wear a helmet on a bicycle or scooter ride if you are under 18-years-old. And you aren’t allowed to rent a Lime E-Scooter unless you are 18-years old or older. So no one is required to wear a helmet on a Lime scooter. Lime does strongly encourage all users to wear a helmet, but you can still file a claim for your injuries even if you weren’t wearing a one.
Contact a Los Angeles Scooter Accident Attorney
If you’ve suffered an injury in an accident while using a Lime scooter you may need an experienced, local attorney to hold the at-fault driver responsible for that mistake. In some cases, a transportation company like Lime may have to be included in a lawsuit and be held liable. Our attorneys know the best strategies in these situations and have experience taking on major corporations to ensure our clients get compensation for their pain and suffering.
At Los Angeles Bicycle Law, we concentrate our practice solely on bicyclists and scooter riders who have been injured as a result of the carelessness and negligence of others. If you were injured in an accident in Los Angeles or anywhere else in Southern California, contact us right away for a confidential free consultation and case review.