Stand-up electric scooters continue to increase in popularity across the United States, but the number of riders being treated for injuries from accidents on them is also rising. Others have ended up being admitted for hospital stays, while at least 11 fatalities are known to have resulted from injuries suffered in electric scooter accidents since 2018. Nine of those fatalities occurred on rented scooters.
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If You’re a Scooter Accident Victim
Assuming that you’re in compliance with applicable laws, the driver of a motor vehicle who hits you while you’re on an electric scooter can be held liable for your injuries and damages. What comes to issue is bias. Scooter riders are perceived by the public as being irresponsible risk takers. Courtrooms aren’t perfect worlds, and it can be difficult to overcome that perception with a jury that consists of 12 people who drive responsibly and encounter scooter riders on a daily basis.
The same bias exists if a pedestrian is hit and injured by a electric scooter rider. The perceived irresponsibility of the scooter rider will probably be determined to be the cause of the accident, especially if a young child or elderly person is the victim, and the accident occurred on a city sidewalk.
As per California law, you might be determined to be partially at fault for your accident. Any percentage of fault attributable to you would be deducted from a gross award. For example, if the gross value of the case is $100,000, and you were determined to be 20% at fault, your net award would be $80,000.
The distinguishing factor between motor vehicle accidents involving scooter riders and pedestrians who are hit by scooter riders is liability insurance. In theory, any driver of a motor vehicle is going to have liability insurance. In reality, any rider of an electric scooter probably won’t. That puts the rider of an electric scooter in a far more desirable legal position than a pedestrian who was hit by the rider of such a scooter.
For better or for worse, electric scooters are here to stay in Sacramento. If you’re on one, and you’re injured in an accident, or you’re a pedestrian who is injured after being hit by one, call 911 to report the accident. Ask for both police and paramedics to be dispatched to the scene, and get transported to an emergency room immediately. Police will document the accident and paramedics can assess you, stabilize your condition and transport you to an emergency room.