E-Scooter Accidents – 5 Huge Tips for Riding an Electric Scooter in Los Angeles
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), emergency room visits from electric scooter accidents went up over 70 percent between 2017 and 2020.
Traveling through parts of Los Angeles over the last few years, you’ve probably noticed an uptick in people riding an electric scooter. A quick and easy way to get around, the LA area may seem like a hub for this form of transportation, especially in areas like Venice or Santa Monica.
However, electric scooter accidents have been consistently on the rise. A recent study from the University of California Los Angeles revealed there are about 115 injuries per million scooter rides. This is higher than the average rate for other transportation methods like riding a bike or walking.
Furthermore, the CPSC reported 71 fatalities related to electronic scooter accidents. Just last September, a Long Beach man riding a scooter was killed after being struck by a vehicle.
One way to try avoiding injuries is to follow specific requirements laid out for safely riding electric scooters. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles:
- You can only drive motorized scooters on a bicycle path, trail, or bikeway, not on a sidewalk.
- You cannot exceed a speed of 15 mph.
- You can drive a motorized scooter with any class of driver’s license.
Other safety tips from the CPSC include:
- Always wear a helmet.
- Before you ride, check for any damage. Specifically look at the handlebars, brakes, throttle, bell, lights, tires, cables and frame.
Even obeying these rules can still result in serious injury. Possible electronic scooter accident injuries can stem from:
- Being hit by a moving vehicle – there are many reasons a vehicle may hit an e-scooter. Whatever the cause, it can lead to serious injury or even death.
- Running into debris – hitting objects in the road, like a giant palm tree leaf, can lead riders to lose control and crash.
- Unmaintained roads – damages like cracks or uneven surfaces can cause a rider to lose command of the scooter.
- Scooter malfunction – this is why it is important to inspect the scooter for damage before you ride, as any issues could result in serious injuries.
The different ways one can get injured in an electric scooter accident may seem endless. Regardless of how you were hurt, you shouldn’t have to struggle following injuries.
As with any accident that results in physical impairment, medical bills can stack up and your pain can intensify daily. Frequent injuries from an electric scooter accident can include:
- Head injuries
- Neck or back pain
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding or organ damage
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Fractures and sprains
- Injuries to your pelvis, legs, feet or ankles
- Injuries to your chest, abdomen, arms or hands
If you were involved in an electric scooter accident, contact the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at C&B Law Group about your injury. Whether you were on your way to work, or just enjoying a ride along the beach, an electric scooter accident can happen at any time.
You have the right to get around by your preferred method of transportation. More often than not, those following the rules of electric scooter riding are the ones who find themselves victims of a serious injury.
Our team will work vigilantly to ensure you receive proper compensation after an electric scooter accident. We will hold at-fault parties responsible for negligence. Possible economic and non-economic damages you can receive include:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Loss of wages
- Mental health treatment
- Pain and suffering
If you were recently in an electronic scooter accident, contact our Los Angeles accident lawyers today to learn about how you can set up your free consultation!