Scooters are a part of the rising trend of micro-mobility that is sweeping the nation as commuters continue to adopt portable, convenient transportation options around cities and towns. As scooters continue to gain popularity across the country, so do the number of accidents involving scooters rise. Insurers and lawmakers are working to understand how to treat these transportation devices for things like injury claims and legislation pertaining to safe usage on public roads. The uncertainty of how to handle scooters with regard to traffic laws and insurance claims is something that insurers can use to their advantage as they leverage ambiguity and offset their obligation to victims of scooter accidents. Working with an experienced Navarre motorcycle accident lawyer is one of the best ways to fight back to ensure that you get the money you deserve.
If you have been hurt in a scooter accident or a loved one has been killed, contact the team at Fasig | Brooks as soon as possible to connect with an experienced scooter accident attorney in Navarre about your case. After an accident that someone else caused, you will need to go through a complicated and stressful legal process to get the money you deserve — and the insurance company will be focusing on paying you as little as possible. At the same time, your priority should be your recovery and getting the medical care you need, as well as keeping up with your personal and professional obligations. When you have a Navarre personal injury lawyer representing your case, you can avoid the stress of your legal issues and prioritize your own needs.
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If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a scooter accident, contact our law firm as soon as possible. We offer a free consultation where we can go over the many specifics of your accident to get a clear understanding of the situation before providing you legal advice and an idea of how we can help you move forward with your case. While there is no way we can give you comprehensive and overarching answers about each of your many questions, we will be able to help you understand your situation through the context of past cases we have handled and our in-depth knowledge of personal injury law in general.
Anxiety and stress can be detrimental to your health and recovery, and an uncertain legal future is nothing if not overwhelming when trying to make sense of it on your own. Contact us as soon as possible so we can help you understand how to best move forward with your case to get the money you deserve while also prioritizing your health and recovery.
Common Causes of Scooter Accidents
The following are just a few of the many different ways a scooter rider can be hurt or killed in an accident with either another pedestrian or a vehicle. Whether or not your accident is mentioned below, contact us now to get a clear understanding of your rights and options as a victim of someone else’s dangerous behavior.
When a scooter rider is traveling down a road using the proper lane and adhering to the established rights of way, there may be occasions when another pedestrian — whether on foot, rollerblades, skateboard, or any other type of transportation that qualifies as such — misunderstands their right of way and travels into the path of an oncoming scooter. These collisions can be devastating for everyone involved, but it will be essential to determine who caused the accident to establish liability before seeking damages for this unfortunate incident.
While left turns are a common cause of car accidents, right turns are often the culprit in accidents involving scooters or other pedestrians as a vehicle turns into the bike lane or crosswalk and into the path of an oncoming pedestrian. A scooter or other wheeled transportation device increases the risk of severe injuries in these right-turn accidents because of the high speed of travel and, therefore, the higher force of impact. An unsignaled right turn can take anyone off guard, and the resulting injuries can be significant.
Proving Fault After a Scooter Accident
One of the most important things to keep in mind after an accident is that there will be plenty of time after to examine the details and make a clear determination of fault with the help of an attorney. Do not argue with the at-fault party, but be sure that you call 911, so there is a police report on record. Do not offer an apology to anyone, as the at-fault individual’s insurance company may leverage this as an admission of fault, but provide clear facts and details to the attending officer.
In addition to providing your account of the accident, try to get contact information and statements from any eyewitnesses that may have seen additional behavior by the at-fault individual that could help to support your case and offer another perspective that your attorney will be able to use while working with the insurer to establish this situation clearly.
Florida uses a rule known as “pure comparative fault” in personal injury cases, allowing a victim to accept a percentage of blame while still being entitled to damages — though reduced proportionately to the percentage of fault they assume. While this rule is highly beneficial in situations where you may have contributed to the crash, you must be mindful that insurers will leverage this rule to their advantage by trying to offset as many percentage points as possible onto you. This is a cost-saving effort, and one that must be combatted with the help of an experienced attorney who will ensure that you do not take on blame beyond any that you are rightfully responsible for.
The most important thing to keep in mind about both your legal and personal outcomes after a scooter accident is to prioritize your health and safety in the immediate aftermath. Call 911, even if the at-fault party protests this decision, to ensure that there is clear documentation of the situation and that you get medical care from EMTs, as well as advice on how to move forward with your medical care after their initial check.