As electric scooters continue to gain popularity across the country, the reports of electric scooter accidents also increase. Electric scooters are a relatively new form of transportation, especially when considering rideshare electric scooters, and so it is not necessarily simple to determine liability in an electric scooter accident. As with any other accident that causes a serious injury, though, what you do after an electric scooter accident to collect evidence and minimize your own liability is crucial.
After being in an electric scooter accident, you should:
- Collect identifying information: You need to be able to identify all parties involved in your electric scooter accident, whether you were riding the scooter or hurt by a rider. If no automobile was involved in your crash, then it is unlikely the liable party will be able to provide you with insurance information. Instead, get their name, phone number, email, and state identification card number, if they have one.
- Analyze the scooter itself: Many electric scooter accidents are caused by defects within the scooter, such as a faulty braking system or oversensitive accelerator. Ridesharing scooters are especially prone to defects, as they are overused throughout the day but receive no maintenance. Take photographs of the scooter, anything that might look like a defect, and any serial and model number printed on it.
- See a medical provider: After being in a serious electric scooter accident, try to see a trusted medical provider or physician as soon as possible. Even if you think you are not hurt badly, you should get a checkup. Failure to see a doctor soon after a crash can raise your own liability if it turns out you do have a serious injury that is discovered or diagnosed later on.
- Call an attorney: Electric scooter accidents are relatively new to the world of liability and insurance coverage. Knowing how to progress your claim will be difficult on your own. With a personal injury lawyer in your corner, you can get the professional and experienced guidance you need now more than ever.
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