Electric Scooter Accident Attorneys in OH
Scooters are a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to get around. But electric scooters aren’t immune to accidents. If you’ve been hurt on an e-scooter in Ohio, call KNR for help.
Ohio Electric Scooter Accident Lawyers
We live in an economy in which it is often better to rent something when you only need it rather than buying the item. Look how popular ride and vehicle sharing services are. Around the U.S., people are using Uber, Lyft, Turo, Car to Go, ReachNow, and Zipcar to avoid the cost of owning vehicles. Now, the concept of renting vehicles for a brief trip has expanded to bicycles and electric scooters.
Bird scooters are available in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Oxford. Lime bikes and scooters can be found in Cincinnati, Columbus, Dublin, and Worthington. While many people may enjoy grabbing a scooter while on the go, particularly teenagers and college students, these are not always the safest mode of transportation. When you are using an electric scooter, you are largely unprotected. Even with a helmet on, you could suffer serious injuries in an accident. Being hit by a car could be catastrophic. If you’re dealing with such a situation, you should contact our scooter accident lawyers right away.
If you were in an accident on a rentable electric scooter, call the motor vehicle accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick right away. We will carefully review the situation, gather evidence on your behalf, and when possible, guide you through pursuing compensation for your injuries. Call us at 1-800-HURT-NOW, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
Ohio Electric Scooter Accidents
Electric scooters have become very popular in various cities in 2018. If you do not have a car of your own, or it is not worth driving a short trip, grabbing an electric scooter can be handy and fun. However, certain areas are finding that riders are getting hurt.
Some of the most common scooter accidents involve:
- Losing control of the scooter
- Falling from the scooter
- Hitting a bump, crack, or pothole
- Experiencing unexpected acceleration
- Being struck by a vehicle
- Colliding with cyclists and pedestrians
- A defective or vandalized scooter
- Being “doored” by a vehicle
If you were recently involved in a Bird or Lime scooter crash and suffered an injury, do not hesitate to call our Scooter accident lawyers. At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, our personal injury lawyers have closely followed the implementation and growing popularity of scooters in Ohio. We have kept a close eye on how they operate, the accidents they are involved in, and the outcomes of related legal claims. We have the legal knowledge and insights you need to pursue compensation after a dangerous scooter accident.
Common Electric Scooter Injuries
Why Scooters Are Dangerous
Rentable electric scooters are too new for there to be accurate statistics on related accidents, injuries, and deaths. However, hospitals, physicians, and local authorities have noticed an issue in cities where Bird and Lime have set up. There have been multiple deaths attributed to the Lime and Bird scooter crashes, even in Ohio. Because of the number of problems cities are seeing with these scooters, many people believe they may be more dangerous than bicycles. There are many probable reasons for this.
Our scooter accident lawyers have seen injuries on these vehicles caused by:
Lack of Visibility
Scooters are small, and vehicle drivers are not trained to look for them. This lack of visibility on the road increases the risk of a rider getting hit by a car.
Bicycles are relatively stable, based on the size and width of their wheels, and most people who bike around town know what they are doing. Scooters, however, are not very stable. The two wheels are very small. They feel every bump in the road, which is why a crack or bump in the pavement can be devastating for a rider. The small wheels are also prone to locking up when a rider needs to swerve or brake quickly.
Not everyone cycling through Ohio’s cities and towns is highly experienced. However, many people who choose to bike on a consistent basis are well aware of how their bike functions and how to ride safely with traffic. Scooters, since they are so new, do not have experienced riders yet. Anyone who is at least 18-years-old can download the app, put in a credit card number, and hop on. No prior experience or training is necessary. This means inexperienced riders are getting onto electric scooters that can go up to 20 mph and are riding among other vehicles.
Scooters face a similar issue to bicycles in that there is nothing between the rider and a vehicle or the road. If you are in a Lime or Bird scooter crash, then you are going to get hurt, and it could be serious. The scooters are meant to be picked up and rented on the fly. Most riders are not wearing any safety equipment or even appropriate clothing. Though the companies may encourage riders to bring their own helmets, and Bird offers free helmets to riders who will pay the shipping, many riders do not own a helmet or carry one with them.
People often rent scooters because they want to get from point A to point B quickly. Since the vehicles are small, riders may try to rush by riding on the sidewalks or in bike lanes, weaving in and out of traffic, or riding between lanes and vehicles, also known as lane splitting. All of this risky behavior increases the chance of a vehicle crash.
If you were in a scooter accident caused by any of the above behaviors, call our Scooter accident lawyers right away to learn more about your legal options moving forward.
Who’s Liable for an E-Scooter Accident?
Financial liability for an e-scooter accident in Ohio depends on the details involved. Sometimes, multiple parties even share liability. Many accidents happen because the e-scooter rider was not following necessary safety procedures, or another driver fails to notice a rider because they were distracted. Other times, the company who operates the e-scooter failed to maintain their equipment, and their negligence caused an accident.
Even when riders operate an e-scooters safely, a collision with a car, bicycle, or pedestrian can still happen. Regardless of how the circumstances, if you were hurt, you’ll need to establish liability to recover compensation.
Determining Fault for an E-Scooter Accident
Depending on the facts, the following may be responsible for an e-scooter accident and your subsequent injuries:
- The e-scooter rider
- Another driver
- The e-scooter company
- The municipality
If you were a pedestrian who was struck by an e-scooter, the rider may have been careless while operating it. It’s not uncommon to see impaired people on e-scooters or even otherwise being unsafe. If you can prove the rider was negligent, you can potentially hold them financially liable for your injuries. You may also be able to recover compensation through your own insurance with an uninsured motorist claim if you carry that type of coverage.
If you were riding an e-scooter and hit by another driver and can demonstrate that the other driver was negligent, you may be able to pursue an insurance claim against their policy. Examples of careless driving that may lead to an accident with an e-scooter include speeding, distracted driving, drifting into the bike lane, and impaired driving, among others.
While e-scooters are durable and designed to be shared, e-scooters still require routine maintenance to ensure they are safe to operate. The e-scooter company may have made an error that led to the e-scooter malfunctioning for failing to perform necessary repairs. If you can show the scooter was unsafe and the company should have known about the issue, you may be able to file a claim against the e-scooter company or manufacturer.
The city where you were riding can also be holdr some the blame for an e-scoter accident in some situations. For instance, the municipality may have neglected road repairs, thereby creating an unsafe environment in which to operate an e-scooter. If unsafe conditions, such as potholes or cracked pavement, led to your accident and injuries, you might be able to purse compensation against the city where the e-scooter accident took place
What To Do After a Scooter Crash
If you are involved in a crash while riding an electric scooter, there are a few steps we recommend you take:
- Call the police – You will want a crash report to document the accident. Calling 911 also ensures that you or anyone else who is hurt receives medical attention as quickly as possible.
- Take photos and video – If you have a working phone, document the scene with photos and video. Make sure to photograph the property damage to the scooter, other vehicles, and other property. You should also record your injuries.
- Get the information of everyone involved – If you were in a crash with a vehicle driver, cyclist, or pedestrian, get their name, phone, and address. You should also ask for a vehicle driver’s insurance information.
- Obtain witnesses’ information – If one or more people stuck around after the crash, ask for their names, phone numbers, and email addresses. Our scooter accident lawyers may contact them for their statements.
- Seek out medical care – After any traffic accident, you should see a doctor. You may go to the emergency room if you have potentially serious injuries. If your injuries appear minor, still go to a doctor as soon as you can.
- Call our attorneys – To find out about your rights and legal options, call Kisling, Nestico & Redick today.
Frequently Asked E-Scooter Accident Questions
Accidents involving electric scooters are more common than you might think but dealing with the aftermath is a complicated ordeal. Let our accident lawyers address your questions and explain your options.
How Common are E-Scooter Accidents?
One 2020 study found e-scooter injuries in the US climbed from 4,582 in 2014, before ride-share scooter companies were prominent, to 14,651 in 2018, when they had become far more common.
What’ the main cause of e-scooter accidents?
The top speed of most e-scooters is approximately 30 mph. And with little to no protection for riders, any collision at this speed can cause severe injury. The main cause of e-scooter crashes are human error, related to road hazards, hitting car doors, swerving to avoid other pedestrians and vehicles, and operators losing their balance.
I was Hurt on an Electric Scooter. Can I Sue?
Your ability to file a personal injury claim and seek compensation after an e-scooter accident will depend on the details and insurance coverage involved. Whether you are a rider, who was struck by a negligent motorist, a pedestrian hit by someone operating a scooter carelessly, or you believe your scooter malfunctioned, it’s best to consult a lawyer about your options.
How Much Can I Expect from an E-Scooter Accident Claim?
Every situation is different, but you are entitled to pursue financial compensation for all the various losses and negative effects an accident had on your life. This is largely influenced by the severity of your injuries, the cost of your medical treatment, the financial impact on your life, the nature of the accident, and various other contributing factors. The best way to get an accurate picture of what you can expect is to review your situation with a knowledgeable legal professional.
How a Lawyer Can Help After a Bird or Lime Scooter Injury
If you suffered a Lime or Bird scooter injury while renting an electric scooter, we recommend contacting our scooter accident lawyers. It is important to find out who is at fault for the crash as soon as possible. When another person is at fault, or if you were on a defective scooter, then you may be able to pursue compensation from either the company or the at-fault party.
Our Lime and Bird scooter accident attorneys are highly experienced in investigating motor vehicle crashes. We will gather as much evidence as we can, including:
- The police report
- Photos and video of the aftermath
- Any video footage of the actual crash
- Eyewitness testimony
- Your statement
- Information about the at-fault party’s driving history
- Information from the scooter company
- Expert opinions, when necessary
- Medical records
By gathering and analyzing all of this evidence, we will gain a thorough understanding of how and why your scooter crash occurred. We will also determine whether another party was at fault. If so, we can advise you on the best way to move forward and pursue compensation.
Lime and Bird Scooter Damages & Compensation
When you are injured in an electric scooter crash that is another person’s fault, then our scooter accident lawyers can represent you in pursuit of compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial injuries. Through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, we will fight hard for you to receive compensation for your:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
Contact Our Scooter Accident Lawyers Today
Whatever type of scooter accident you were involved in, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer from Kisling, Nestico & Redick to learn more about your rights. We are here to listen to what happened and explain what you should do next. When it appears that your injuries are the result of another person’s careless or reckless behavior on the road, then we will fight for you to receive fair compensation.
Our Lime and Bird scooter accident lawyers can represent you during litigation or an insurance claim. Call us at 1-800-HURT-NOW, or contact us via our online form to schedule a free, initial consultation of your case.