Dockless scooters have become increasingly popular in large cities such as Detroit. The scooters provide a more efficient and convenient form of transportation, but they’ve also caused many severe injuries. The law says that scooters must obey the same rules as vehicle drivers on the road but scooter riders and vehicle drivers have a hard time communicating.
If you’ve been injured in a scooter accident and you believe someone else was at fault, you can sue the liable party in a personal injury lawsuit. It’s likely that your injuries will cause significant medical expenses, and it’s not your responsibility to pay for damages you didn’t cause. A dockless scooter accident lawyer from Christensen Law can help you prove negligence and obtain a settlement.
When a Negligent Driver Causes Your Injuries
Many dockless scooter injuries occur when vehicle drivers are negligent on the road and collide with scooter riders. A vehicle driver may cause a scooter accident when they’re speeding, distracted while driving, improperly turning at an intersection, failing to yield to pedestrians at a crosswalk, or driving under the influence. If you get hit by a car on your scooter, you can sue the driver.
Injuries Caused by Scooter Malfunctions
Dockless scooter injuries can also occur because of malfunctions involving the scooter itself. Some scooters may not have functioning brakes or they may not have working lights. It’s the scooter company’s responsibility to perform maintenance on the scooters they leave out on the streets. If you’re injured on a scooter because of a scooter malfunction, you can sue the scooter company.
Gathering Evidence to Support Your Claim
To sue a negligent driver or a scooter company for negligence, you must investigate your accident and gather sufficient evidence to support your claim. If a negligent driver hits you, you can try to obtain witness testimonies or video footage from the intersection where the accident took place. Photographs of your injuries, the police report, and your medical records can also support your claim.
If you were injured because of a scooter malfunction, you can use photographs and the defective scooter itself as evidence in your case.
Calculating Your Claim Value
Just as with other personal injury cases, you’ll be able to recover both economic and non-economic damages for your scooter injury claim. Economic damages will include any financial losses you’ve suffered from the accident such as property damage, medical expenses, and lost income from taking time away from work.
Non-economic damages will include ways that the accident has affected your overall lifestyle, such as emotional distress, scarring and disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering.
Consult a Detroit Dockless Scooter Accident Attorney
Dockless scooter accidents are becoming more prevalent as the scooter industry continues to grow. At Christensen Law, we hope to help injured victims recover quickly and get the justice they deserve. To speak with a dockless scooter accident lawyer from our team, fill out the contact form below or call 248-213-4900 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.