Lake City Scooter Accident Attorneys
Motorized scooters have been appearing more and more often on the streets of Lake City. They have been touted as an environmentally-friendly way to travel around the city, and as a more convenient way for everyone to get around. Sadly, motorized scooters have to interact with other vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists, just like any other vehicle under Florida law, and accidents are bound to occur. When they do, people suffer serious injuries. If you have been injured by a careless scooter operator, a defective scooter, or any other party, our Lake City scooter accident attorney can help you claim the damages that will allow you to fully recover.
The Danger of Scooter Accidents
While the companies that rent out motorized scooters want to promote them as very safe vehicles, they are not. Motorized scooters, also sometimes called e-scooters, are not as stable as the other vehicles they share the road with, and they are also much smaller. Individuals that operate scooters also do not enjoy the benefit of certain safety equipment, such as airbags, a steel frame, or seatbelts. As a result, scooter operators are much more likely to sustain a severe injury than passengers and drivers in cars and larger vehicles.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the increased use of motorized scooters has also caused an increase in emergency room visits. The CDC reported that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are the most common type of injury suffered by scooter riders, making up 45 percent of total injuries. Brain injuries usually require a longer recovery time, and victims can feel the impact of them for years to come.
The second-most common injury associated with scooter accidents are broken bones. Broken arms, wrists, legs, ankles, hips, and pelvis are all very commonly seen after a scooter accident. Still, any type of injury resulting from a scooter accident can cause a number of different types of serious injuries, and a Lake City scooter accident lawyer can help you recover the compensation you need for them.
Liable Parties After Scooter Accidents
It is never easy to determine which party was liable, or at-fault, after scooter accidents. The most common liable parties after this type of crash are as follows:
- Careless motorists: Drivers do not always provide scooter operators with the proper distance they need, and not all motorists know to look for them on the roads. Still, drivers are responsible for paying attention to the road at all times and if they hit a scooter operator, they can be held liable.
- Careless scooter operators: It is not always someone else that is at fault for scooter accidents. Operators of these vehicles do not always know how to properly drive a scooter, or they may operate them in a reckless manner.
- Scooter companies: The companies that rent the scooters are responsible for ensuring their equipment functions properly and is safe for anyone to use.
- Government entity: Local governments are responsible for properly maintaining the roads and when they do not, road defects can cause a crash, meaning the government can be held liable.
It is not uncommon for multiple parties to be held liable for a scooter accident. A Lake City scooter accidents lawyer will identify all at-fault parties so you claim the full compensation you deserve.
Our Lake City Scooter Accidents Attorneys Offer Free Consultations
At Meldon Law, our Lake City scooter accidents attorney is passionate about helping accident victims claim the damages they deserve, and we want to help you, too. Call us today at 800-373-8000 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and to learn about your legal options.