Even with this summer’s record heat, many people will find themselves hopping on electric scooters for a fun, convenient way of getting around.
Though electric scooters offer an exciting way to explore cities like Denver, they also pose potential dangers.
The rise of rentable electric scooters has led to an increase in preventable accidents across the nation. The Frickey Law Firm, can help you understand electric scooter injuries and what you need to do if you're involved in an electric scooter accident.
Common Electric Scooter Injuries
Most of the time, electric scooters only reach speeds of up to 15 to 20 miles per hour. That might seem slow compared to other vehicles — but it’s still fast enough to cause serious injuries or even death.
According to a 2019 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of all injured riders suffered head injuries, with 15 percent displaying symptoms indicative of traumatic brain injury. Sadly, less than one percent of riders were wearing helmets at the time of the accident, according to the study.
These findings highlight the risks associated with riding electric scooters without proper safety precautions.
Steps to Take After an Electric Scooter Accident
In the event of an e-scooter accident, taking the right steps can significantly impact your ability to recover compensation for your injuries.
Here are some crucial steps to follow after such an accident:
- Seek Medical Attention: Always prioritize your health first. Even if you think your injuries aren’t worth a checkup, it’s essential to get looked at by a medical professional to assess the extent of your injuries.
- Document the Scene: If possible, take pictures of the accident scene, including any hazards or road conditions that might have contributed to the accident. Also, don’t forget to write down the serial number of the scooter you were riding.
- Gather Witness Information: Obtain contact information from any witnesses present at the scene. Their testimonies may be critical in establishing liability and supporting your claim later on.
- Report the Accident: Contact the rental scooter company and report the accident. They may have a specific process for handling accidents.
- Consult a Personal Injury Attorney: This part is also crucial. An experienced attorney can guide you through the legal process, protect your rights, and help you pursue fair compensation for your injuries.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you've been injured while renting an electric scooter, you don't have to face the aftermath by yourself. The Frickey Law Firm, serving Denver, Lakewood, and nearby areas of Colorado, has a stellar team of personal injury lawyers ready to help.
Schedule a consultation with The Frickey Law Firm by calling 303-237-7373 or contacting them online.