February 7, 2018
We have a new phenomena in the Los Angeles area, predominantely in the areas of Santa Monica, Venice and West Los Angeles; this phenomena is motorized scooters, including “Bird”, “LimeBike”, Lyft and Uber electric scooters. If you live in the Los Angeles area, especially in Venice, West Los Angeles or Santa Monica, you have either seen futuristic-looking black scooters thrown on a sidewalk or parked near a building. Electric scooters are a “hit” among the younger Los Angeles crowd. Electric scooters can be rented with the touch of a button using an app. The user can pay per minute to use the Bird”, LimeBike, Lyft and Uber electric scooter, and once the user arrives at a destination, he/she can simply leave the scooter on the ground, until the next user rents it. These scooters are not slow, and can go as fast as 15 mph.
Unfortunately, Bird, LimeBike, Lyft and Uber electric scooter scooters can be extremely dangerous as they have gone almost unregulated in many areas. Aside from a possible injury while riding the Bird, LimeBike, Lyft and Uber electric scooter scooters in Los Angeles, a third-party can be personally injured if he/she trips over a scooter that was placed in the middle of a sidewalk. People injured due to a Bird, LimeBike, Lyft and Uber electric scooter scooters, or any other motorized scooter, in Los Angeles or anywhere in California may have a recourse to recover compensation for injuries sustained. For that, however, the victim should contact an injury attorney in California.
Accidents Involving Bird Electric Scooters in Los Angeles are a Real Thing
Accidents involving Bird electric scooters are no joke. There are multiple ways that someone can be injured due to a Bird Scooter. Some of these ways include the following:
- Someone riding the Bird Scooter can be hit by another vehicle driven by a negligent person.
- Someone riding the Bird Scooter without a helmet can sustain injuries due to a trip or a fall sustained while using the Bird Scooter, especially if a helmet is not worn.
- Someone riding the Bird Scooter can be injured if the scooter malfunctions, resulting in a fall by the user of the scooter.
- A third-party can sustain injuries due to a slip as a result of a Bird Scooter left on a sidewalk in an unsafe manner.
- A third-party can sustain injuries due to a careless user of the Bird electric scooters.
At the present time, Katz Law takes cases where a scooter rider was hit by a moving vehicle driven by a negligent driver. Additionally, we also handle cases where an individual has tripped over a scooter that was left unattended on a sidewalk. If you were INJURED due to an electric scooter, you may be entitled to compensation! Call us now and speak to an attorney about your case!
Regulations Involving Riders of Bird Electric Scooters
The regulations found in the California Vehicle code apply to motorized scooters. Some of these rules include the following:
- riders must have a valid driver’s license and wear a helmet.
- riders cannot ride with any passengers, and cannot ride on the sidewalk.
- riders cannot park on the sidewalk in the way of pedestrian traffic.
- riders cannot ride at night.
Although the above regulations exist, riders of the Bird scooters often violate these laws, resulting in injuries.
What Can An Attorney Do for You?
If you were injured as a result of an accident involving the Bird, LimeBike, Lyft and Uber electric scooter scooters, or any motorized scooter, you may have a case! An attorney at Katz Law can help you litigate your claims and assist in recovering compensation for your injuries. The California attorneys at Katz Law are experience in the field of personal injury law and stand ready to help you. After being retained, our attorneys will gather the facts of the case, investigate the scene of the accident, and make sure that you received (or are receiving) medical treatment for your injuries. Additionally, we will communicate with the at-fault party and their insurance company.
Consult With A Qualified Attorney Now!
If you or your loved one were hurt due to to an accident involving a motorized scooter, contact Katz Law. We are lawyers based in Los Angeles, California who are passionate about helping those who were injured due to the negligence of others.