What to Do If You Get Hurt Riding Electric Scooters
Electric scooters are a trendy way to travel a short distance without having to exert yourself. Many communities are banning these vehicles from sidewalks, leaving riders no choice but to travel in streets. If you get hurt because of a collision with a vehicle or bicycle, or your scooter malfunctions, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney. Taking action helps you protect your rights under the law.
Adherence to Traffic Laws
When riding an electric scooter on the street, you must follow all of the traffic laws. Consider whether you had the right-of-way in a collision accident. You must signal your turn, stop at the stop sign or stoplight and stay in your lane while in traffic on city streets. If you violated any traffic laws, you may be assigned blame in the accident. This might void any claims you have against other vehicles that were involved in the accident.
Electric Scooter Malfunction
When you rent a scooter, you expect it to be in good working order. If the device malfunctions while you are riding it, you could get hurt. If this happened to you, try to document the situation as much as possible. Take photos with your phone or tablet. Ask witnesses for their contact information.
Speak With an Attorney
If your injuries while riding an electric scooter were caused by a driver or bicyclist who was not following traffic laws, it is important that you seek treatment for your injuries and get legal counsel. Likewise, you should seek legal counsel if the scooter itself malfunctioned, causing you to become injured. You may have a claim against the scooter’s rental company or manufacturer if there was an equipment malfunction or against the driver in a collision.