Smyrna Electric Scooter Accident Lawyer
Were you hurt in an accident involving a Bird or Lime scooter as a rider, motorist, or pedestrian? If so, the dockless scooter lawyers of The Champion Firm, P.C. want to talk to you. We represent people who have suffered serious injuries as a result of negligence, and we’re ready to fight for the compensation you are owed.
Atlanta was the first city in the southeast that the California-based dockless scooter-sharing company Bird began operating in when it rolled out scooters in May 2018. Lime announced plans the following month to offer scooters in addition to its fleet of dockless bikes in the city. In July 2018, WXIA reported that a Bird representative told a member of the Atlanta City Council that there had been almost 39,000 riders in nearly 70 days, and another 43,000 users took over 110,000 trips after Bird added 400 more scooters after those 70 days, according to Atlanta Magazine.
In September 2018, WAGA-TV reported that the Atlanta City Council began considering scooter rules and the Department of City Planning outlined regulations for scooter riders and companies operating scooters. Under the proposal, scooter speeds would be capped at 15 mph, scooters would be prohibited from riding on sidewalks, and scooters would be prohibited from being parked in the middle of sidewalks or left lying on the ground.
While scooters are seen by many as a fun and inexpensive additional means of travel, the devices are not without certain dangers.
If you suffered severe injuries or your loved one was killed in a scooter accident in Smyrna, GA or the greater Atlanta area, it is important for you to understand that you are dealing with a unique kind of injury claim. It is in the best interest of scooter accident victims to make sure that they are working with experienced attorneys so they can pursue all of the compensation they are entitled to from every source.
The Champion Firm, P.C. can come to meet with you in your hospital room or home if you cannot come to our office. Call us or contact us online now to schedule a free consultation.
Common Electric Scooter Injuries
Scooter accidents can cause a wide variety of injuries in Smyrna, and the severity of a person’s injuries can vary depending on several factors. The type of accident a person is involved in is obviously one important consideration, but the speed at which the scooter was traveling, how a person landed, and whether they struck any other objects are also contributing factors.
Common injuries individuals can sustain in scooter accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Nerve damage
- Internal organ injuries
- Muscle strains
- Road rash
It is possible for some injuries to have fatal results. In such cases, the family members of a deceased scooter user could be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party.
Common Causes of Electric Scooter Accidents in Smyrna
Accidents can happen countless ways, but many crashes involve one of the following four issues:
- Collisions with Pedestrians — When a scooter collides with a pedestrian, the fault can often be much more likely to be disputed. It is possible for both the scooter user and the pedestrian to think that they have an injury claim against the other party.
- Motor Vehicle Accidents — Scooters are often operated on the sides of city streets, and negligent drivers who are not accustomed to seeing the devices can cause accidents that seriously injure people riding scooters.
- Defective Scooters — Some scooter accidents are the result of problems with the scooter itself. A rental company could be liable for damages when an accident is caused by a failure to maintain a scooter, and a parts manufacturer could be liable when a crash is caused by a mechanical defect.
- Dangerous Road Conditions — It could also be possible for a governmental agency responsible for maintaining a roadway to be liable if a scooter accident is caused by a hazard on a public road, such as a pothole.
Scooter accidents are not limited to the four causes identified above. When you have been involved in any kind of scooter crash, you should always speak to a lawyer to determine whether you might have a case.
Who Is Liable for an Electric Scooter Accident in Smyrna, GA?
Liability for a scooter accident will generally depend on the type of accident that you were involved in.
The automobile insurance company for a negligent driver or the insurance company for a manufacturer or rental company would cover damages stemming from accidents caused by those two parties. Many of the insurers for these liable parties will initially deny blame for the accidents, and they will usually attempt to do so by claiming that a victim was the party at fault for their injuries.
If the scooter operator caused the crash, that person could be held liable for the resulting damages. A scooter operator’s homeowner’s insurance, or renter’s insurance, may provide liability coverage to pay for the damages a negligent scooter operator causes. Scooter rental companies such as Bird and Lime may be liable if the company was negligent in its business practices and that led to the crash.
You should know that you can still recover damages even if you were partially at fault for your accident because Georgia uses a modified comparative fault system for negligence claims. This means that total liability in an accident is reduced by a plaintiff’s percentage of fault, but the plaintiff can still recover damages as long as they were not 50 percent or more at fault.
What to Do If You Are in an Electric Scooter Accident
When you have been involved in any scooter accident, always make sure that you quickly get medical attention. Even if you do not think you were hurt at first, you should still go to a hospital for a full medical evaluation. Some potentially deadly injuries may not immediately present symptoms.
Call 911 and contact the local law enforcement agency to file a police report. If you are able, take as many pictures as you can of the crash scene. Get photographs of everything involved from different angles and distances.
Also, ask any people who saw your accident for their names and phone numbers. When you cannot take these steps yourself, ask a friend, family member, or neighbor to do this for you.
Contact Us for Legal Help After an Electric Scooter Accident in Smyrna, Georgia
Did you sustain catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed in a scooter accident in Smyrna, Georgia? Make sure you contact The Champion Firm, P.C. as soon as possible.
Attorney Darl Champion has been recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Georgia and one of the Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers. We can provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call or contact us online to set up a free consultation.