E-Scooter Accidents in Phoenix
Helping You Navigate a Complex E-Scooter Injury Claim
It seems like electric scooters are everywhere these days, after major companies like Bird, Lime, and Spin started releasing scooter fleets on Phoenix streets in 2017. Unfortunately, these trendy “micro-mobility vehicles” can be very dangerous for riders, pedestrians, and drivers alike. According to Consumer Reports, 8 people have already died in fatal e-scooter accidents, with 1,500 more scooter riders sustaining severe injuries.
Whether you were injured as a rider or a pedestrian, you may need financial assistance in the wake of your e-scooter accident. Our attorneys at MayesTelles PLLC have over 100 years of combined legal experience and can assist you with filing a personal injury claim against the responsible party. Although this form of transportation is still relatively new, we’ve secured millions of dollars for motor vehicle accident victims throughout Phoenix – and we can help you, too.
Call (602) 428-7104 for a free and confidential consultation with our AV Preeminent™-Rated legal team.
What Causes E-Scooter Accidents?
Because e-scooters can move as quickly as 20 miles per hour, it’s easy to see how riders may become injured, particularly if they are not wearing helmets or safety gear. In spite of these extreme speeds, most e-scooter companies do not provide sufficient safety notices for drivers, nor do they provide safety gear as part of the scooter riding experience. Additionally, the e-scooter companies require all riders to sign a waiver indicating that they understand the risks, which can make it more difficult to seek compensation from manufacturers.
Here are some of the most common causes of e-scooter accidents:
- Texting while riding
- Lack of sufficient warning to passing pedestrians
- Riding under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Speeding on sidewalks
- Distracted or texting pedestrians
- Drivers failing to give riders enough room
Out of all these causes, one of the most deadly is riding under the influence of alcohol and drugs. A study in Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open uncovered that over 79% of all 103 e-scooter injury patients tested positive for alcohol, with almost half the group testing above the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit. This could be because the e-scooter companies have marketed these vehicles as a safe alternative to driving short distances – enabling some intoxicated scooter riders to disregard the rules of the road.
Liability for E-Scooter Accidents
E-scooters are a brand new form of transportation, which means that the laws on these vehicles are constantly changing. The rules also vary from state to state and even from city to city, making it difficult to figure out exactly who is liable for your injuries after an e-scooter accident.
Whether you were injured by a negligent e-scooter driver or hurt while riding a defective scooter, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. At MayesTelles PLLC, we will take a close look at your e-scooter injury claim in Phoenix, applying our vast knowledge of state laws and city ordinances. It’s our goal to ensure that you can pay for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages after a collision, so we’ll craft a customized legal strategy to maximize your chances of recovery.
Contact us at (602) 428-7104 to get started with a claim today!