Electric scooters, or e-scooters, are the latest transportation trend in Dallas. Local laws permit Bird and Lime rentable electric scooters within city limits as of July 2018. E-scooter users have the right to ride on the roads and bicycle paths in Texas, but should not operate them on sidewalks. An e-scooter accident could cause the rider serious personal injuries and expensive medical bills.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a Dallas e-scooter accident, contact the attorneys at the Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. You could be eligible for financial compensation. Why do clients choose us?
- We focus on personal injury law in the Dallas Fort-Worth area, giving us in-depth knowledge and experience.
- We have a lead attorney who is one of less than 2% of attorneys in the state to have board certification in personal injury trial law.
- We operate on a contingency-fee basis, meaning we do not charge legal fees unless we win the client a financial award.
Why Do You Need an Attorney?
An e-scooter accident claim may involve multiple insurance companies: that of the victim, the driver, and the e-scooter company. Knowing which insurer will hear your claim may take help from an attorney. While you focus on recovering from your serious personal injuries, an attorney can take care of legal processes for you. An attorney can also ensure an insurance company does not take advantage of you during the claims process. Your attorney can prevent lowball settlements and take your case to trial if necessary for fair compensation.
Why Do E-Scooter Accidents Happen?
Negligence causes most e-scooter accidents. Riders who rent Bird and Lime e-scooters may not understand the best safety practices or applicable traffic laws. Many users may have never ridden an electric scooter prior to renting one in Dallas. E-scooters can achieve speeds of up to 15 miles per hour. Riders must be at least 18 and have valid driver’s license to start. Riders do not have to wear helmets on e-scooters in Texas. It is a scooter rider’s responsibility to obey traffic laws and to reasonably prevent collisions.
Unfortunately, accidents can still happen even when the e-scooter rider operates prudently. Negligent, distracted, drunk, and reckless drivers can crash into scooter riders and cause major personal injuries. Drivers who do not pay attention to the road, text and drive, speed, run red lights, and ignore others’ rights-of-way all put e-scooter riders at risk. The increase in e-scooters on the roads in Dallas could cause a corresponding increase in e-scooter accidents and injuries.
Who Is Liable?
In a collision between a motor vehicle and an electric scooter, the vehicle will always win. A scooter rider could suffer severe injuries, even when wearing a helmet. Some of the most common e-scooter accident injuries include broken wrists, skull and facial fractures, lacerations, broken jaws, traumatic brain injuries, and internal bleeding. Victims may require emergency medical care and long recovery times out of work. The total cost for an e-scooter accident could be in the thousands for the scooter rider.
Liability for a Dallas e-scooter accident depends on who caused the crash. If a motor vehicle driver negligently caused the accident, the injured scooter rider will file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. If a defect or problem with the electric scooter contributed to the accident, such as a defective scooter part or lack of adequate safety warning, the scooter company or manufacturer could share liability.
Contact Us Today
Users agree to a liability waiver in the app before they can use Bird or Lime e-scooters. This can make filing a claim with the company tricky. For assistance with your e-scooter accident personal injury claim, contact our Dallas attorneys. Call (855) 655-HURT to request your free consultation.