Electric sharable scooters have become the hottest transportation trend in major metro areas across the country. While they’re a fun, affordable, and environmentally friendly way to get around town, e-scooters pose serious risks to riders and others with whom they share the roads and walkways, especially when negligent individuals or entities fail to uphold their duty of care.
If you were injured in a scooter accident in New York, you may have the right to seek compensation for your injuries by pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. As civil claims (known as “torts”), personal injury suits provide an opportunity for victims to obtain justice against a negligent party, and to hold that party liable for damages they suffered. Making the most of this opportunity and prevailing in a claim, however, requires experienced advocacy and representation.
The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. proudly serves clients throughout all NYC boroughs and beyond, and is available 24/7 to discuss your accident, legal options, and how we might be able to help. Call (212) 577-9325 or contact us online for a FREE consultation.
Though e-scooters from companies like Bird, Lime, Lyft, and other start-ups have become immensely popular in such a short period of time, their potential for posing serious risks is already apparent. Across the nation, doctors and ER departments are reporting massive increases in the number of scooter accident victims they treat, many of whom with severe injuries akin to those suffered in car accidents. These often include:
These and other serious injuries aren’t just experienced by riders. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and even motorists can suffer harm in preventable accidents involving e-scooters. Some of the most common scenarios we see in scooter accident cases include:
The risks for accidents and injuries associated with e-scooters are becoming more apparent, and more common. Given the novelty of these devices and their rapid infiltration into cities nationwide, local governments and lawmakers are struggling to address the new issues and legal challenges they’re creating – especially in terms of accidents and liability. In New York, for example, it is currently illegal to operate e-scooters on public streets, though local law enforcement has curbed their policing of e-scooter use following new support from City Council and proposed legislation which may soon make these devices legal citywide.
Though e-scooters often fall within a legal grey area, and the laws regarding them are still being shaped, private individuals, businesses, property owners, motorists, and product manufacturers still have legal duties when it comes to taking reasonable steps to ensure safety. Should another party fail to uphold that duty and negligently cause preventable injuries, victims may have rights to seek compensation through the civil justice system with claims such as:
Overcoming the unique issues and legal challenges in scooter accident cases can be a complex endeavor, and one which is often complicated by corporations and insurance companies that care more about protecting their profits than fairly paying injured victims and their families. At The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., our New York City scooter accident attorneys have the experience and insight to help victims explore their rights and options for holding negligent parties accountable for their damages – including their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. has been fighting for injured victims across New York City since 1983, and has seen the evolution of transportation trends, novel advancements in technology, and new laws regarding safety and liability. Having recovered over $400 million in compensation for our clients, we have proven our ability to overcome challenging legal hurdles, effectively advocate on our clients’ behalves, and fight for the compensation victims deserve.
Call (212) 577-9325 or complete an online case evaluation form to request your free consultation with a member of our team. We’re available to help 24/7, and handle accidents throughout all boroughs and beyond.
The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C.'s team of NYC personal injury attorneys have recovered more than $400 million in verdicts and settlements for their clients. We understand the financial and emotional toll a serious accident can have on your life. That’s why we dedicate ourselves to maximizing your recovery and securing what you deserve.
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