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Our Florida Scooter Injury Lawyer is Here to Help

Riding an eScooter can be fun, but it can also be dangerous. Studies have shown that hospitalizations resulting from scooter accidents tend to increase dramatically after the introduction of rentable eScooters into new cities and other locations. Non-riders can suffer injuries in Scooter-related accidents as well. Regardless of what happened, if you were injured by an electric scooter or while riding one, you owe it to yourself to speak with a Florida scooter injury lawyer about your legal rights.

The rise in popularity of rentable electric scooters has led to a wave of accidents in cities across the United States. From Florida to California, eScooters dropped off at street corners and other locations offer a new and fun means of transportation, but they also present serious risks for riders and pedestrians. From throttle failures to trip hazards, and from sudden speed changes to lack of safety equipment, scooters present many dangers, and these dangerous can lead to life-altering injuries for unsuspecting riders and pedestrians.

But, eScooters themselves are not the only dangers. Aggressive, careless and distracted drivers have caused many scooter accidents, as have sidewalk defects and roadway hazards. In fact, there are numerous factors that can cause and contribute to electric scooter accidents; and, for victims and their families, identifying the cause of the accident is a critical early step on the road to recovery.

Experienced Legal Representation for eScooter Accident Victims and Their Families

Florida scooter injury lawyer Dan Arnold brings more than 25 years of experience to representing scooter accident victims and their families. Dan handles cases against all of the major eScooter rental companies as well as claims against drivers, riders, municipalities and other parties. If you need legal representation, Dan can help, and your first step is to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation about your legal rights.

What should you do after an accident involving an electric scooter? Who is liable for your injuries? What steps do you need to take in order to protect yourself and your family? These are all important questions that Dan can help you answer. There is other information you need to know as well; and, to get started, we encourage you to read:

While some electric scooter accident cases may require going to court, others can be resolved through arbitration, and others still will result in negotiated settlements. In fact, the vast majority of cases never go to trial or arbitration. With decades of experience representing accident victims, Dan can accurately calculate your current and future losses while building a convincing argument for settling your claim out of court. However, if filing a lawsuit or proceeding to arbitration is in your best interests, you can rest assured that your Florida scooter injury lawyer will do whatever it takes to win the financial compensation you deserve.

Lawsuits a Florida Scooter Injury Lawyer Can Help You Pursue

Bird, the first of what would become many electric scooter (or eScooter) rental companies operating in major cities around the United States, was founded in 2017. In the short time since, Scooter accidents have spawned a wave of lawsuits, including numerous individual and class action lawsuits against Bird and the scooter rental companies that have followed in its path. While Bird and other companies promote their electrice scooters as easy and efficient ways to get around town, experience has shown that these scooters can be remarkably dangerous, and unsuspecting riders can suffer severe traumatic injuries in collisions and other types of accidents.

Prior and current lawsuits filed against scooter rental companies and other parties have included allegations such as:

  • Inadequate Maintenance – Like all mechanical and electrical devices, eScooters need to be maintained in order to ensure that they function properly. However, rentable dockless scooters can pass through multiple renters between charges, and the individuals who pick up eScooters to charge them are not experts in mechanical or electrical engineering. As a result, failures and breakdowns are common, with one of the most-common issues involving the throttle getting stuck in the open position. There have been allegations of brake failures as well.
  • Geo-Fences Without Adequate Warnings – In some cities, scooter rental companies have been required to program their scooters to slow down in certain areas, such as areas with high volumes of pedestrian traffic. Although riders may receive a text message warning them that they are entering one of these “geo-fenced” areas, since they are holding onto the handlebars, they are not (and should not be) looking at their phones. Suddenly slowing down can cause collisions with nearby eScooter riders, while suddenly speeding up presents a host of safety hazards.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Violations – A disability rights group has sued the City of San Diego, Bird and other companies for violating the ADA by placing eScooters in dangerous locations and failing to prevent riders from leaving scooters in the way of ramps, crosswalks, sidewalks, parking spaces and pedestrian lanes. Dangerously-placed scooters can present trip hazards and other safety risks for both disabled and non-disabled individuals.
  • Aiding and Abetting Assault – In at least one class action lawsuit, Scooter rental companies have been accused of “aiding and abetting” assault by placing scooters in the hands of inexperienced, and in some cases underage, riders. By providing eScooter renters with the instrumentalities used to injure pedestrians and other riders, it has been alleged that the electric scooter companies deserve to be held liable for the victims’ injuries.
  • ThirdParty Claims – In addition to lawsuits targeting electric scooter rental companies, there have also been numerous cases in which renters and other injured individuals have sued electric scooter manufacturers, negligent drivers and other third parties.

Are You Entitled to Financial Compensation for a Scooter Accident?

Located in Fort Lauderdale, our scooter injury law firm provides experienced legal representation for eScooter accident victims. If you or a loved one has been injured while riding an electric scooter or in any other type of scooter-related accident, we encourage you to call 954-764-4849 or contact us online for a free consultation.

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