Glendale Scooter Accident Lawyers
Electric scooters are a fun, fast, and environmentally friendly way to get around the city. Many have enjoyed using the small vehicles for decades now, but as rental scooters began to become available in Glendale and the surrounding cities, it seems as though you can walk one block before coming across one abandoned in the street.
While these scooters have helped make public transportation more accessible, they have also made the sidewalks more dangerous, as people zip around on their scooters with little regard for those around them. If you or a loved one have been injured in a scooter collision that was caused by an act of negligence, you need a strong legal team who is able to get you the highest settlement possible. We at Aghabegian & Associates, PC are well versed in advocating for the compensation our clients deserve.
Call us at (818) 507-4311 and find out how we can help you.
Scooters are, obviously, not cars. They’re smaller, quieter, and slower. Because of that, you may assume that there are no rules or regulations on when and where scooters may be used, but that isn’t at all true. Based on Assembly Bill No. 2989, the state of California has outlined several laws in regards to electric scooters and how they can be operated. These include, but are not limited to:
- Scooter operators must follow all traffic lights, signs, and signals
- Scooter operators must possess a valid license or permit
- The maximum speed limit for scooters is 15 miles per hour
- Scooters must be equipped with a proper brake
- Scooters may not be operated on highways or roadways where the speed limit is greater than 25 miles per hour unless there is a bikeway present
- Scooter operators may not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Scooter operators must use both hands to steer at all times
- Scooter operators may not ride on the sidewalk unless they are using them as entrances or exits
- Scooter operators may not attach the school to another vehicle
These rules are heavily enforced, especially when it comes to rental scooters, which have been growing in popularity across California as inexpensive and environmentally friendly public transportation. Breaking these rules can result in fines and a citation, so it is important to keep them in mind and try to follow them closely.
While scooters may seem like a harmless way to get around town, they can actually be incredibly dangerous, both for the rider and for pedestrians. While you will likely not experience a high speed collision like with a car, severe injuries and accidents can still happen if people are not careful.
Sidewalk Riding: Riding on the sidewalk, unless the sidewalk is being used as an exit or entrance, is illegal in California. Unfortunately, not everyone listens to the law. Riding an electric scooter on the sidewalk can be incredibly dangerous for pedestrians, as it can easily lead to the scooter colliding with someone just going for a walk.
Speeding: Most electric scooters can get up to 15 miles per hour, and some can go even faster. While in the world of passenger vehicles 15 mph may sound slow, that is actually the same speed most bicyclists will go, and it is certainly faster than that the average pedestrian. If a person riding a scooter speeds and then collides with a person, object, or vehicle, it can result in serious injuries.
Car Accidents: Scooters are meant to be operated on the road. This puts them neck and neck with cars. Unfortunately, scooters are quiet and small, meaning they are hard to hear and see, so a negligent driver may run into a rider.
Abandoned Scooters: Now that scooter rentals have become so common in California, especially in LA and surrounding neighborhoods, abandoned scooters on the sidewalk is a normal sight. Unfortunately, these scooters are tripping hazards, and can cause an unsuspecting pedestrian to fall and hit their head on the pavement. They can also cause collisions for those on bikes or other scooters.
A scooter accident is unlikely to cause a fatality, but that does not mean the potential injuries aren’t serious. Victims of scooter accidents have experienced:
- Fractured and broken bones
- Spinal injuries
- Road rash
- Torn tendons, ligaments, and muscles
- Internal damage
- Severe bruising
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
These injuries can take upwards of weeks to heal, and many will require medical intervention. While many assume a scooter accident is something they can walk off, the truth is you may not be walking for some time afterwards. If you have been injured in a scooter accident due to someone else’s negligence, then you deserve and need compensation. An important step in receiving the compensation is to know what damages you should claim for.
When filing a claim, there are two groups of damages you can receive compensation for, economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include any financial losses you suffered because of the accident, or any money you would have otherwise received. This can include medical bills, lost wages, lost job opportunities, and property damage.
Most people who file a claim for the first time assume they can only receive compensation for their monetary losses, but in California, that isn’t true. Non-economic damages cover ways in which you suffered that don’t have to do with money. That means you can receive compensation for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, a lowered quality of life, and emotional trauma.
Scooter accidents can leave you in a dire medical situation. You may crack your skull, break your arm, or pop the discs in your back. Even if people assume that a scooter accident should be easy to walk away from, that doesn’t change the fact that they can be catastrophic. We at Aghabegian & Associates, PC understand that many victims have suffered from serious injuries and deserve proper compensation for the costs they have incurred. This is why we provide legal services to accidents victims throughout Los Angeles County to ensure our neighbors receive fair representation after an accident. With over 40 years of combined experience, our Glendale personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and expertize to build a strong case for compensation.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a scooter collision that was not your fault, contact us at (818) 507-4311.