Los Angeles E-Scooter Accident Lawyer
Electric scooters (e-scooters) have increased in popularity and population in Los Angeles since the launch of Bird and Lime shareable, dockless e-scooters in the city. With rides starting at just $1, shareable e-scooters have gained thousands of app users throughout the city. Unfortunately, unsafe use and negligent drivers can lead to serious e-scooter accidents.
If an e-scooter accident injured you or a loved one in Los Angeles, discuss your case with the Los Angeles dockless e-scooter attorneys at Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP. You could receive compensation for your damages with our assistance. (310) 477-1700
Why Choose Us?
- We have set records with our past settlements and jury verdicts for clients.
- We have years of experience negotiating with insurance companies.
- We have built an excellent reputation within the Los Angeles community.
- We operate on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you will not pay unless we win.
Why Do You Need an Attorney for an E-Scooter Accident?
Going up against an insurance company for an e-scooter accident claim in LA can be difficult as an injured individual. You may be too busy tending to injuries and missed work to focus on legal matters. You may also have trouble establishing the liable party or proving fault for the incident. A lawyer can handle complex legal processes on your behalf, and make sure you do not miss any deadlines. A lawyer can also help prevent an insurance company from taking advantage of you during settlement negotiations.
The Dangers of E-Scooters
E-scooter accidents are not new, but the rate of accidents has significantly escalated since the debut of shareable e-scooters in the U.S. The release of thousands of rentable e-scooters in LA has led to a corresponding increase in accidents and injuries. Riders who have never ridden e-scooters are driving next to motor vehicles at 15 miles per hour, and many break the state law by neglecting to wear helmets.
Furthermore, a high risk of driver distraction and drivers frustrated at the slower-moving e-scooters can put riders in danger. Drivers may follow too closely to e-scooters, tailgate, speed, make unsafe passes or lane changes, or ignore the right-of-way. Dangerous driver behaviors could cause an e-scooter collision and life-threatening injuries such as broken bones, head or brain injuries, road rash, or neck and back injuries.
Who is Liable after a Dockless Scooter or eBike Accident?
An injured e-scooter operator may be eligible for damage recovery if he or she can prove that someone else’s negligence caused or contributed to the accident. This burden of proof takes establishing the defendant’s duty of care, breach of duty, causation for the accident, and damages. A Los Angeles dockless scooter accident attorney can help with this burden of proof, and build a strong case on the plaintiff’s behalf. The liable party could be one or more people or entities:
- A driver. Another driver may be liable if he or she engages in reckless or negligent behaviors that cause the collision.
- The scooter company. Bird or Lime could absorb liability in situations involving defective or dangerous scooters, or broken state regulation. It’s the same case for other companies that are offering scooters now like Uber and Lyft.
- A product manufacturer. The manufacturer of the scooter could be liable if it produced a part with a dangerous defect that caused the accident.
Many cases involve shared fault between more than one responsible party. It may take a lawyer’s assistance to determine the appropriate defendant and to file a personal injury claim in California. If someone else broke California’s e-scooter regulations, breached a duty of care to riders, or was wanton in a disregard for others’ safety, that person could be liable for damages.
Contact Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP Today!
The Los Angeles personal injury attorney team Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP has years of experience handling a wide variety of personal injury claims. We believe in focusing on the person behind the personal injury, and provide customized services for each client. If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries in an e-scooter accident in Los Angeles, contact us for a free consultation! (310) 477-1700