Tucson Scooter Accident Lawyers
Although scooters have become a more popular and economical mode of transportation, it can also leave riders more susceptible to serious injuries in an accident with pedestrians and motor vehicles. If you have been injured in a scooter-related accident, you may be eligible to seek monetary compensation.
Our legal team at Phillips Law Group has years of extensive experience recovering millions on behalf of our clients and have represented more than 155,000 clients throughout Pima County and the state of Arizona.
Schedule a free consultation with a Tucson scooter accident lawyer today. We are available 24/7 to take your call or chat online. Should you have a case and decide to move forward, you will not be charged any upfront legal fees. We only get paid if we successfully recover compensation for you through a settlement or verdict.
Contact our office today by calling 1-800-706-3000.
Am I Eligible to Pursue Compensation for My Scooter Accident?
Every scooter accident case is unique. This is why we recommend that you contact a qualified attorney to learn whether you may have a viable claim to pursue compensation.
The majority of personal injury claims, including scooter accidents, involve the legal theory of negligence. Negligence occurs when someone acts in a careless, reckless or negligent manner, causing another person to get hurt or suffer property damage.
You and your attorney must prove these four elements of negligence in order to pursue a legal claim against the party that caused your injury:
- Duty of care – The party who caused the accident owed a duty of care to prevent harm. For instance, all drivers sharing the on road have a legal obligation to operate their vehicles in a safe way and in accordance with traffic laws. Scooter riders must also abide by this to prevent injury to themselves and others.
- Breach of duty of care – The at-fault party breached his or her duty by failing to act in a reasonable manner that another person would have done under similar circumstances. A breach of duty could include a driver failing to check their blind spots before turning and hitting a scooter rider.
- Causation – There must be a direct link between the at-fault party’s breach of duty of care and your injuries. Had the driver not been distracted, he or she would have seen you up ahead and would not have crashed into the back of your scooter causing you harm.
- Damages – The at-fault party’s negligence resulted in you suffering damages, such as medical bills, property damage and lost wages from being unable to work.
Let an experienced Tucson scooter accident attorney from our firm review your situation and discuss your potential legal options during a risk-free, no-obligation consultation. If we represent you, there are no upfront fees involved for our services.
We look forward to helping you.
What is the Value of My Case?
The value of your case will depend on several factors unique to your situation. This could include examining the extent and severity of your injuries and how they have impacted your quality of life.
Generally, scooter accident victims may be able to seek compensation for a number of damages, such as:
- Past, current and future medical costs
- Lost wages or benefits
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Property damage
- Physical therapy
- Rehabilitation services
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life
A licensed attorney can help you pursue the maximum amount of compensation for any damages you have suffered. Contact our legal team at Phillips Law Group today to determine if you have a valid case and what it may be worth.
Determining Liability for Scooter Accidents
After a scooter accident, determining liability can be difficult because there could be several parties responsible for your injuries. Some of these parties could include the following:
- Other drivers – When a driver is speeding, distracted, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he or she could be held liable for colliding with a scooter rider and causing serious injuries.
- Pedestrians – People who walk, jump, or run in front of an oncoming scooter could be held liable for a scooter accident. Riders usually have to swerve out of the way in order to try and avoid a crash and may strike a fixed object, another pedestrian or a moving motor vehicle in the process.
- Product manufacturers – In some instances, scooter accidents can be caused by a defective product or component. Perhaps there was a defect in the way the brakes were manufactured in the scooter. Any party involved in the manufacturing process could potentially be held liable for causing harm.
- Local government entity – Issues with the roadway, such as potholes or huge cracks, could also cause a scooter rider to become injured in an accident. In these cases, the local government responsible for road maintenance or issuing warnings about dangerous conditions could be held liable for damages.
How Can Phillips Law Group Help Me?
Managing a personal injury claim without the help of an attorney can be a complicated process and take valuable time away from your recovery. Even dealing with the insurance company on your own can leave you more vulnerable to a claim denial or being pressured into accepting a settlement offer for less than your potential case may be worth.
We encourage you to consult with a qualified lawyer who will work alongside you every step of the way while protecting your rights. Accident victims with legal representation often recover more compensation than those who attempt this type of claim alone.
Our reputable lawyers at Phillips Law Group have in-depth knowledge of Arizona laws and regulations and how to apply them to build a strong case on your behalf.
If you have a valid claim and we represent you, we are prepared to conduct a detailed investigation, collect evidence to establish negligence, complete paperwork in a timely manner, and communicate with the insurance companies on your behalf.
Have questions about the legal process? Give us a call at 1-800-706-3000.
How to Handle Insurance Companies
Following a scooter accident, you will likely receive a call from the insurance companies involved in handling your personal injury claim. What most victims do not know is that these insurers may sound friendly, but they are not your friend. They are not looking out for your best interests. An insurance adjuster’s main goal is to save the company money, which means they will try to find any reason or opportunity to decrease the value of your claim.
For example, the insurer may ask you to provide a recorded statement or sign documentation that gives them access your medical records. They may even tell you that you are required to do this. However. we recommend that you politely decline these requests as you are under no legal obligation to comply with these requests. You can inform them that you will get in touch with them after consulting with a lawyer.
It is important to remember to offer the insurance adjuster nothing more than the basic details of the accident. Your words could be misconstrued or used against you if you decide to divulge any unnecessary information.
Understanding Arizona Scooter Laws
Unlike motorcycles or bicycles, , there are few regulations for scooters. However, as motorized and electric scooters continue to grow in popularity, it is important to understand what rules do apply for riders.
Motorized scooter riders In the state of Arizona must obtain the following:
- A motorcycle license
- Proof of registration
These types of scooters may legally only be ridden on roads, not on bike paths.
E-Scooters and electric bikes have different requirements. These include:
- A total weight of no more than 75 pounds
- A maximum speed that does not exceed 25 mph
- The capability to travel on roads and bike paths
- No need for license, insurance, registration or title
Other two-wheeled vehicles found in Arizona are mopeds. They are sometimes considered a type of motorcycle or even classified as a scooter. A moped must have the following:
- Two or three wheels
- The ability to reach no more than 25 mph on a flat surface
- An engine capacity of 50cc or less
- A 1.5 php or less
The minimum amount of insurance coverage required for these vehicles is the same as for any other motor vehicle on the road: bodily injury liability coverage of $30,000 per accident and $15,000 per person, plus minimum property damage insurance of $10,000.
Speak With a Tucson Scooter Accident Attorney Today
At Phillips Law Group, we have successfully recovered millions in compensation on behalf of our clients. With decades of combined legal experience and a proven track record, we know how to build a strong case for recovering maximum compensation for Pima County and Arizona residents.
One of our qualified attorneys in Tucson is ready to review your claim today and discuss your legal options in a free consultation. We provide our services on a contingency fee basis, so there are no upfront costs or legal fees unless we help you win. Our phone lines and online chat services are open 24/7.
Our office in Tucson, located on One South Church Avenue, is 12 minutes from the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division.