Oakland E-Scooter Accident Lawyer
Electric scooters have rapidly become a regular presence in major cities across California. In areas with heavy foot traffic, particularly areas frequented by tourists such as Oakland, e-scooters offer a cost-effective and efficient means of quickly traveling from one place to the other. Many companies have started offering easy and accessible e-scooter rental, allowing for bar grazers, shoppers, and tourists to pick up a scooter at any street corner and deposit it at their destination. While these scooters may be convenient, they can also be dangerous. Riders tend to ignore helmet requirements, and they often deposit scooters just about anywhere–sidewalks, street corners, and even in the middle of the street. Discarded scooters pose a hazard for pedestrians, bicycle riders, and motorists.
If you or someone you love has been injured by an electric scooter, the dedicated Oakland e-scooter accident lawyers at Venardi Zurada are ready to help you bring your claim for recovery. You are entitled to compensation from whoever caused your injury, whether it was a driver who collided with your scooter, another rider who ran into you, or a scooter rider who injured you as a pedestrian.” We are lumping here injuries to others by scooters and injuries to scooter riders.
E-Scooters Are More Dangerous Than We Like to Think
Electric scooters appear mild. They travel at slower speeds than motorcycles and, in many cases, even bicycles. But they also provide no protection for riders, especially given that most riders do not wear helmets while operating. Scooters are meant to be picked up and discarded in between stops at the bar, while shopping, or in between tourist sights. Most people are not going to bring a helmet from home just in case they rent a scooter from Lime, Bird, Skip, Skoot, or Uber. Most people riding scooters also have little to no experience with the machines, and the rules regarding scooter riding vary by city and are generally confusing and unknown. They do, in fact, travel much faster than we often consider.
Given these various complications, it should not be surprising that thousands of people are injured by scooters every year. Emergency rooms saw nearly 40,000 broken bones, head injuries, cuts and bruises from e-scooter accidents between 2014 and 2018, according to expert researchers. If you are riding an e-scooter, it is important to be careful to avoid serious injury. If you were hurt in an e-scooter accident, speak with an e-scooter injury lawyer to find out if you have a claim for damages.
Common Accidents Involving E-Scooters
Accidents involving e-scooters typically involve one of three situations: A pedestrian or other person injured by a scooter operator, an e-scooter rider who was injured because of someone’s negligence, or a scooter rider wounded because of a problem with the scooter. E-scooter accidents can lead to head injuries, lacerations, broken bones, severe falls, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and in the most severe cases, death.
Some of the more common types of e-scooter accidents include the following:
- E-scooter collision with a car or motorcycle in the street
- E-scooter collision with a pedestrian or bicycle in the sidewalk
- Accident caused by a defective e-scooter
- Accident caused by a hazard on the road or sidewalk
In any of these cases, the accident may have been caused by a person operating a scooter negligently (speeding, riding while intoxicated, riding while distracted, etc.) or by another party acting negligently–an oblivious pedestrian, a swerving and unobservant driver, an e-scooter rental company or manufacturer that allowed a defective e-scooter to be placed in rotation, or a city that failed to maintain roads and sidewalks safely. Whatever the nature of your injury, if you were hurt in an accident involving an e-scooter, the personal injury lawyers at Venardi Zurada will help you build your case for a complete recovery.
Help From a Dedicated E-Scooter Injury Lawyer
If you or someone you care for has been hurt in an e-scooter accident in Oakland, the seasoned and effective e-scooter injury lawyers at Venardi Zurada, LLP, can help you get the recovery you deserve. Call 925-937-3900 or reach out online today for a free consultation. In personal injury matters, we operate on contingency fees and only take payment when we recover compensation for you.