Electric scooter accidents in the United States are a constantly growing problem in recent decades due to the increase in popularity of scooters as a means of transportation.
In most cases, these accidents are caused by the driver’s lack of caution, lack of attention from pedestrians and other drivers and lack of adequate road infrastructure to accommodate scooters.
According to data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2019 there were a total of 8,038 scooter-related accidents throughout the United States. Of these, 5,333 resulted in injuries and 70 were fatal. In addition, the number of scooter accidents has steadily increased since 2014.
Scooter accidents can be especially dangerous for drivers and passengers due to the lack of protection offered by these vehicles compared to cars and motorcycles.
Scooter users must follow the same traffic rules as motorized vehicles, which includes obeying traffic signals and wearing safety helmets.
How safe are electric scooters?
The safety of electric scooters is a concern for many users and regulatory authorities due to their growing popularity in recent years.
In general, the safety of electric scooters depends on several factors such as vehicle build quality, driver skill and attention, road conditions and implementation of safety measures by manufacturers.
What to do in case of an electric scooter accident?
If you have suffered injuries, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention as soon as possible to ensure your safety and well-being. It is also important to report the accident to local authorities and file an official report if you have suffered material or personal damage.
In case there are other parties involved in the accident, you may need to consider hiring a lawyer specializing in electric scooter accidents to help you receive fair compensation for your injuries and damages.
The lawyer can work with you to evaluate the details of the accident and determine if there is shared liability or if there is a single party responsible for the accident.
In addition, it is important to collect all available information and evidence about the accident such as photographs, videos, police reports and witness testimonies to help support your claim and demonstrate the responsibility of the other party in the accident.
What are the most common injuries in an electric scooter accident?
The most common injuries in an electric scooter accident can vary depending on the severity of the accident and the protection that the user has. However, some of the most common injuries include:
- Head injuries: Head injuries are a major concern in electric scooter accidents, especially if the user is not wearing a safety helmet. These injuries can include concussions, skull fractures and other traumatic injuries.
- Limb injuries: Limb injuries are also common in electric scooter accidents and can include fractures, sprains, dislocations and soft tissue injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries: Electric scooter accidents can also cause spinal cord injuries including herniated discs, spinal cord damage and other serious consequences.
- Skin injuries: If the user is not wearing appropriate protective clothing skin injuries are a concern including abrasions cuts bruises and burns.
- Internal Injuries: In severe electric scooter accidents internal injuries may occur including internal bleeding and damage to internal organs.
It is important to note that these types of injuries are not exhaustive and any electric scooter accident can result in a wide variety of injuries.
Types of compensation for a scooter accident
In case of suffering a scooter accident, you may be entitled to receive different types of compensation for injuries suffered and material damages. These may include:
Compensation for medical expenses: This compensation covers the costs of medical treatment including hospital visits treatments and medications.
Compensation for damages: This compensation is awarded for physical and emotional damages caused by the accident. It may include pain and suffering emotional distress disability loss of quality of life and other similar factors.
Loss of income: If the accident prevents you from working you may be entitled to receive compensation for lost income during the recovery period.
Material damages: If your electric scooter was damaged in the accident you may be entitled to receive compensation for repair or replacement costs.
Rehabilitation costs: If rehabilitation treatment is necessary to recover from the accident you may be entitled to receive compensation for these costs.
You should keep in mind that compensation for an electric scooter accident can vary depending on the severity of the accident local legislation and other specific factors of the case.
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