Electric scooters are more dangerous than they look! Multiple accidents have been reported already, less than a month after the the deployment of rentals in Dallas.
Convenience can come with a price. When it comes to electric scooters, that price can come in the form of accidents, injuries, and even deaths.
Although reliable statistics are not yet available, widespread reports indicate the incidence of electric scooter accidents in Dallas is rapidly increasing with the arrival of electric scooter rental offered by Bird and Lime.
Electric scooters are inherently dangerous for a number of reasons including:
- Scooters, like motorcycles and bicycles, provide absolutely no frame protection for the rider
- Scooters are nearly invisible on the road
- Scooters are unstable – the wheels lock easily, and road obstacles such as potholes can throw the rider into the street.
- Riders are often inexperienced
Common Causes of Electric Scooter Accidents
There are many casues that contribute to electric scooter accidents but after a while, scooter accidents start to look similar because most of them fall into a few categories:
- Scooter defects (such as Brakes locking up, etc.)
- Reckless driving while crossing intersections
- Pedestrians hit by scooters
- Riders being hit by other vehicles
- Road hazards
- Riding double
- Riding on sidewalks
- Extremely low visibility
- Inexperienced riders
- Trip and falls caused by improperly parked scooters
Potential Scooter Accident Injuries
Potential injuries you could receive from a scooter accident can vary greatly. Those injuries can include:
- Sprains and Strains
- Broken bones
- Mild to severe concussions
- Cuts and bruises
- Wrist and/or arm injuries
- Ankle and/or leg injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord damage
If you have an accident with a motor vehicle, your scooter accident injuries could potentially be much worse, and even include death.
7 Tips for Riding Electric Scooters Safely
- Learn the operations and functions by reading the online manual.
Despite the straight forward functionality of electric scooters, riders should be fully aware how the vehicle works
- Check that the scooter is functioning properly before you take off at full steam.
Locate and test the the brakes, adjust the handlebars, check the battery charge
Before hitting the streets of Dallas with all the traffic, get acquainted with the electric scooter, making sure you know where the brakes are and how quickly they will stop you. Practice different riding scenarios in a safe area before getting onto Downtown Dallas’ busy streets.
- Wear safety gear.
Even seemingly insignificant bumps on the head can cause cause lasting damage to our brains. Wearing a helmet can lessen the chance of serious brain injury from an electric scooter accident. To add bodily protection , consider wearing knee and elbow pads too.
- Follow all traffic laws and know where you are supposed to ride.
A city ordinance requires that scooters need to stay on the street. They’re not allowed on sidewalks or city trails. Accidents of pedestrians being hit by scooter riders on sidewalks and street crossings have already been reported in the local news.
- Ride proactively.
Always ride in designated lanes. Because of your small size, in comparison, car and truck drivers may miss seeing you.
- One rider per scooter at a time.
Electric scooters are not made for two people to ride at the same time. The added weight can lead not only to difficulty balancing, but can also break the scooter.
Electric Scooter Personal Injury Claim
Electric scooter rental is new in Dallas but we’re already seeing injury accidents on our streets. The potential for serious injury is high in an electric scooter accident due to the lack of bodily protection. Scooter accidents can range from a scooter malfunction, a pedestrian being hit by a rider, a rider being hit by another rider or vehicle, potholes, and more. If an accident is caused due to the negligence of the other party, a personal injury claim can arise in your favor and you may be able to recover compensation for you injuries.
Wrongful Death Claim
In the case of a fatal accident, Texas wrongful death law allows some family members of the deceased to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Damages can include compensation for:
- Mental anguish
- Loss of care, support, guidance, counsel, love, and companionship
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of inheritance
- Loss of household services
If you or a loved one has been in an electric scooter accident and sustained serious injury, Take action! Contact one of our experienced personal injury attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm. We offer our clients a FREE case evaluation and there is never any up-front, out-of-pocket expense to you. We work strictly on a contingency basis. We’ve helped a countless number of clients get the injury compensation they deserve.
Speak With a Dallas Personal Injury Lawyer For Free
The attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm are happy to speak to you about your potential case free of charge. If we can help with your claim, we’ll do so for no out-of-pocket cost to you. Call us 24/7 at (214) 651-6100, or toll-free at 1-877-405-4313.