In the age of mobile rideshare services, electric scooters are becoming a popular alternative to hailing an Uber or Lyft. In Toledo, scooter services like Bird and Lime are already taken over college campuses and are soaring in popularity among riders. Unfortunately, these scooters are also linked to soaring ER visits.
E-Scooters & Traumatic Injuries
Across the country, hospitals are noticing a rise in scooter-related injuries in people aged 18-50. Many of these injured people have been hurt while riding a ride-share scooter. There are a number of ways that these injuries can occur, especially since many riders opt to forgo helmets. Injuries commonly seen in scooter accidents include:
- Lacerations and road rash
- Head and brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
There are many causes of these serious injuries. Riders often face hazards, such as potholes, curbs, cars, pedestrians, and bicyclists. When riding on sidewalks, scooter riders may need to dodge foot traffic and various obstacles. When riding on the street, riders are at a greater risk of being struck by a car, riding into an open car door, and other traffic hazards. Similarly, many pedestrians, bicyclists, and other scooter riders have been injured by careless riders. When riding through busy areas at excessive speeds, scooter riders can run into others, cause them to lose their balance and fall, or cause injuries when people try to get out of the way.
What Can I Do If I’ve Been Injured in an Electric Scooter Accident?
If you’ve been injured in an accident involving an electric scooter, you may be able to file a claim for your injuries. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, it is possible that another party may be liable for their negligence. Our experienced Toledo personal injury attorneys can help investigate your accident and uncover the cause of your injuries. Don’t hesitate to get the help you deserve! Our team at Williams DeClark Tuschman Co., L.P.A. is here to support you during this challenging time and help you gain the best possible outcome for your claim. With more than a century of collective experience, we have the skills, professional connections, and technology we need to pursue compensation for you. Schedule a free consultation today to discover how we can help you.