Although ride share companies, such as Lime and OjO, have made e-scooters available in cities including Hoboken, they’re not without controversy. Electric scooters are all the rage in many parts of the country, but as they’ve grown in popularity, so have the numbers of rider accidents. They’re an affordable, fast way to get around, but because they’re so new, many riders don’t know how to operate them safely. If you’re a rider who has been hurt in an e-scooter accident, our personal injury lawyers at Krivitzky, Springer & Feldman can assess your case, determine who may be liable for your injuries, and help you pursue compensation for your damages.
Types Of E-Scooter Rider Accidents
There are few different types of accidents in which a rider of an e-scooter may be injured, including:
Collisions with vehicles: Our Newfoundland and Jersey City auto accident attorneys have noticed an uptick concerning the incidences of e-scooter riders being hit by cars and other vehicles. Motorists may not be clear about the rules of the road for e-scooters. Due to the lack of protection and their small size, e-scooter riders can be seriously injured if they’re hit by or collide with a vehicle, especially if a car is traveling at a high speed. If a motorist wasn’t paying attention or was negligent in some other way, they may be liable for any injuries they cause. Our personal injury attorneys can determine whether you have a valid claim and fight to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Electric scooter defect or malfunction: Some e-scooter accidents occur because the scooter has flaws or malfunctions. Electrical issues can send a motor into overdrive, causing a rider to pitch forward uncontrollably. Being thrown from an e-scooter can cause very severe injury. Losing control due to a defect or malfunction can also cause you to crash into other vehicles, stationary objects, or make it impossible to stop at an intersection. All of these scenarios can have deadly results. Even though companies such as Lime have user agreements that you must accept before riding. If an injury was caused by a defective e-scooter, they may be liable for your damages.
Types Of Injuries Sustained In E-Scooter Accidents
Although it’s not required by law, wearing a helmet when riding an e-scooter is always a good idea. As a rider of an e-scooter, you may be vulnerable to harm, such as:
- Head, neck, and back injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken or crushed bones
- Facial and dental injuries
- Lacerations and scars
If you’ve been hurt in an e-scooter accident, it’s critical to seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you don’t think you’re seriously injured. Some injuries don’t appear right away, so documenting the accident and your injuries by calling 9-1-1 and getting treatment from a health care professional can back up your personal injury claim down the road.
How Our Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help
Being injured in an e-scooter accident can have devastating physical, emotional, and financial repercussions. Trying to recover compensation from an insurance company can be overwhelming and stressful, especially when you’re not feeling your best due to injury. Our Jersey City accident lawyers have more than 85 years of combined experience in helping injured victims and their families. Depending on your specific circumstances and the extent of the harm caused, we can help you seek damages, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Past and future loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you’ve lost a loved one in an e-scooter accident that was caused by a defective scooter or a collision with another motor vehicle, you may be entitled to bring a wrongful death claim against the negligent parties. Our personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means there are no up-front costs, and we only receive attorney fees if we recover compensation for you.
Contact Us If You’ve Been Hurt In An E-Scooter Accident
If you’ve been injured as a rider in an e-scooter accident, let our team at Krivitzky, Springer & Feldman help you get the care and compensation you need. Call us at 201-798-2711 in Jersey City or 973-874-0556 in Newfoundland, New Jersey. You can also contact us online with any questions or to schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys also serve clients in Vernon, Kinnelon, Jefferson, Hoboken, and throughout the State of New Jersey. Se Habla Español.