Electric scooter accidents are on the rise as these vehicles become increasingly popular in urban areas. At Simeone & Miller, LLP, we understand the unique challenges these cases present, from navigating local traffic laws to dealing with insurance companies. If you or a loved one has been injured in an electric scooter accident in Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Virginia, don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact us today to ensure your rights are protected and to explore your legal options.

Understanding Electric Scooter Accidents

Electric scooter accidents encompass various incidents involving these motorized devices. These accidents can range from collisions with vehicles, obstacles, or pedestrians to single-rider incidents due to loss of control or unexpected road conditions. Understanding the dynamics of these accidents requires a grasp of how electric scooters operate and interact within urban environments. Moreover, the legal landscape surrounding electric scooter use is still developing, which can affect liability and compensation claims. Injuries from these accidents can vary significantly, affecting the legal outcomes and the support victims may need following an incident.

Common Causes of Electric Scooter Accidents

Common causes of electric scooter accidents include:

  • Other Drivers: Automobile drivers should, but often don’t, pay full time and attention and when they don’t they can strike scooters and cause injuries.
  • Poor Road Conditions: Hazards like potholes, uneven surfaces, or slippery spots contribute to falls and crashes.
  • Pedestrians and Bicyclists: Pedestrians and Bicyclists should share the road with scooters, but often they do not; which can lead to a scooter accident.
  • Equipment Malfunction: Issues such as brake failure or battery problems can result in unexpected accidents.
  • Visibility Problems: Inadequate scooter lighting or lack of reflective gear makes riders hard to see at night.

Your Rights and Responsibilities

As an electric scooter rider, you must follow the rules of the road, but you are entitled to have other users of the road – including cars, trucks, bicycles, pedestrians, and other scooters – do the same.  In addition, there are legal requirements that roadways be kept reasonably safe, and that construction and other sites be properly set up and made clear.  If you are in a scooter accident because of any of the above, you may be entitled to compensation for all of your injuries, including medical bills, loss wages, and pain and suffering. The best way to protect your rights is to contact an attorney experienced in scooter cases, such as Simeone & Miller, LLP.

Compensation After an Electric Scooter Accident

After an electric scooter accident, you may be entitled to compensation for various losses. This can include medical expenses for injuries sustained, repair or replacement costs for your scooter, lost wages if the injury prevents you from working, and compensation for pain and suffering. The exact compensation depends on the accident’s circumstances and your jurisdiction’s laws. An experienced attorney can help assess your case’s specifics, negotiate with insurance companies, and ensure you receive the full compensation you deserve for your injuries and other damages.

What to Do After an Electric Scooter Accident

After an electric scooter accident, taking immediate and appropriate actions is crucial:

  • Seek Medical Attention: Prioritize your health and safety by getting any injuries assessed by a healthcare professional.
  • Report the Accident: Inform local law enforcement and file an official accident report, especially if there are injuries or significant damage.
  • Gather Information: Collect contact and insurance details from all parties involved. Note down witness statements and contact information.
  • Document the Scene: Take photographs of the accident site, your injuries, and any damages to the scooter and other property.
  • Consult a Legal Professional: Contact a personal injury attorney to understand your rights and the next steps for potential compensation.

Contact Our Experienced Washington, D.C. Electric Scooter Accident Attorneys

At Simeone & Miller, LLP, we provide experienced legal support for electric scooter accident cases. Our team understands these incidents’ complexities and offers personalized guidance to secure the compensation you deserve. We handle all aspects of your case, from investigating the accident to negotiating with insurance companies. By choosing Simeone & Miller, you gain advocates committed to protecting your rights and well-being. Don’t navigate this challenging time alone; contact us today, and let us help you on your path to recovery.

Simeone & Miller, LLP, based in Washington, D.C., provides personal injury and medical malpractice legal services across Maryland and Virginia. In Maryland, our services extend to Baltimore City, Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, and Frederick. In Virginia, we serve clients in Arlington County, Alexandria, Fairfax County, Fairfax City, Falls Church, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park.