Lake Havasu City Scooter Accident Lawyers
Electric scooters, or e-scooters, may seem like a convenient way to get around, particularly in areas where parking is scarce. However, riders could get seriously injured in crashes because of their lack of experience, and because they usually do not wear helmets.
If you were riding a scooter and were injured in a crash, or if your accident was caused by a scooter rider’s negligence, you may be eligible to pursue compensation. Phillips Law Group’s experienced attorneys offer a free consultation to review your legal options.
Over more than 27 years, we have obtained more than $750 million in compensation for injury victims in Arizona. Our founder Jeffrey Phillips has obtained verdicts in several Arizona counties and is a Leaders Forum member of the American Association for Justice.
If you have a case and hire us to represent it, there are no upfront fees. We do not get paid unless you are compensated through the legal process.
Contact our Lake Havasu City scooter accident attorneys for a free consultation. 1-800-706-3000
How Do I Know If I May Have a Case?
Generally, you or your attorney must prove the accident that caused your injuries resulted from negligence. This legal theory is applied to most personal injury cases – the party that caused your injury failed to take reasonable action to keep you safe, this directly resulted in your injury, and your injury resulted in damages (medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering).
The duty to take reasonable action is known as the duty of care. The duty of care depends on the situation. For example, scooter riders who pull out into traffic may be held liable for an accident with a car – scooter riders cannot impede a car that has the right of way.
Government entities often have a duty of care to properly maintain sidewalks where scooters may be used. If a rider crashed because of a crack in the sidewalk, the government entity may be liable.
Proving the breach of duty of care directly caused an injury is often the toughest part of proving negligence. Your attorney may need to disprove claims from the other side about your injury being caused by something else.
Our attorneys need to discuss your accident to be able to determine if there may be case. Call 1-800-706-3000 today.
Who Could Be Liable for a Scooter Accident?
One of the factors we need to discuss is who may be liable for your accident. If you have a case, we will likely be pursuing compensation from this person or his or her insurance company.
In a scooter accident case, there are a few parties that may hold liability:
Drivers of Passenger Vehicles or Commercial Trucks
Crashes with scooters are often caused by drivers who were speeding or not paying attention. Even though there is a lot of activity in areas where e-scooters are often used, drivers must stay focused on the road ahead so they can slow down to avoid crashes. Drivers are often not used to looking for scooters, which often results in crashes.
Roads and sidewalks are often maintained by government entities, including local and state government entities. If defects or hazardous conditions are not addressed and they result in accidents, victims may be able to file claims against the government for damages.
Scooter Riders Themselves
If a scooter rider is not careful, he or she could crash into a pedestrian, car or fixed object, like a light post or road sign. The rider may be liable in this type of accident.
Even though a scooter moves much faster than a pedestrian, pedestrians must keep an eye out for scooters, just as they would for bicyclists or cars. If they walk out in front of a scooter, a serious accident could result. It is not very hard for a scooter rider to be thrown from the vehicle.
Manufacturer of the Scooter
It is possible for an accident to be caused by a defective scooter. A part could be malfunctioning or breaking down. While this may be the result of a problem with manufacturer, wholesalers and distributors may also have liability.
Our Lake Havasu City scooter accident lawyers are prepared to review the circumstances of your accident in a free consultation.
No upfront fees. 1-800-706-3000
Compensation That May Be Available
This is one of the most common questions accident victims have for our attorneys. The damages that may be available depend on the specifics of your accident and your injuries.
Victims may be eligible to pursue things like past, current and future medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity and lost enjoyment of life. Your physical pain and suffering may also be compensable in an injury claim.
While there are no caps on these types of damages in Arizona, sometimes the value of a claim is reduced because the victim is partially at fault for the accident. Under state law, the value of a damages award is reduced based on the victim’s percentage of fault.
Have questions about the value of your claim? We are available to discuss your situation in a free consultation.
Deadline for Taking Legal Action
In many cases, you have just two years from the date of the accident to file a claim for compensation. Usually, those who do not file within that time will see their case dismissed in court.
There may be other deadlines that apply to your claim. For example, you must file a claim against the government within one year of the injury – notice of claim must be provided within 180 days.
Unsure about the deadline that may apply to your claim? There may still be time to file. Call our firm today to learn more.
Benefits of Hiring a Licensed Lawyer
Insurance companies often become involved in the process soon after an injury occurs. They want to deal with victims because they know they are vulnerable and more likely to accept a lowball settlement offer.
Insurance companies also like to use different tactics to trick victims into damaging their claims. They may ask a lot of questions to attempt to get victims to admit fault or minimize the severity of their injuries.
You have the option of referring insurance companies to your attorney. The Lake Havasu City scooter accident lawyers at our firm as prepared to manage this and other aspects of the legal process on your behalf.
We are prepared to go to court if necessary – insurance companies often do not offer fair compensation because it is bad for their bottom line. Over more than 27 years, we have dealt with many insurance companies and recovered fair compensation for our clients.
It is important to note that those who hire injury attorneys to represent them often recover more compensation than those who do not.
Schedule your free legal consultation today. 1-800-706-3000
State Laws Governing Electric Scooters
E-scooters and electric bikes do not have anywhere close to the amount of regulations that motorized scooters and motorcycles have. For example, you do not need insurance, a license, registration or title to legally ride an electric scooter. These vehicles can also be ridden on bike paths and roads.
Meanwhile, motorcycle riders must have insurance, a license and registration. Riders under the age of 18 must also wear helmets.
Mopeds may also be considered motorcycles if they have the following features:
- Two or three wheels
- 50cc engine
- 1.5 bhp or less
Call a Lake Havasu City Scooter Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
E-scooter accidents can result in serious injuries, including broken bones, head trauma, brain injuries, severe bruising and possibly internal injuries.
Victims may be eligible to seek compensation for the cost of medical treatment and other damages that resulted from their injuries. Phillips Law Group has been pursuing compensation for Arizona injury victims for more than 27 years. We have recovered hundreds of millions on behalf of our clients.
Your consultation is free of charge and there is no obligation to take legal action. There are no fees unless we obtain compensation on your behalf, either through a negotiated settlement or courtroom verdict.
Call us anytime, 24/7. We are ready to take your call. 1-800-706-3000