Electric scooters are taking over Las Vegas, NV. Whether it’s a group of tourists or a commuter headed to work, you can’t turn a corner without seeing someone on a scooter.
While scooters are fun and convenient, they can be dangerous. Unfortunately, scooter accidents are common. Whether it’s the result of potholes in the road or a distracted driver, it’s usually the scooter driver who gets hurt.
If you’ve been injured in an electric scooter accident in Las Vegas, the lawyers at Battle Born Injury Lawyers can help. We’ll put decades of experience behind your case. Contact us today at 702) 570-9000 to schedule a free initial consultation with a Las Vegas electric scooter accident lawyer.
How Battle Born Injury Lawyers Can Help After an Electric Scooter Accident in Las Vegas
At Battle Born, we have recovered over $100 million for clients who have been injured in Las Vegas, Nevada. We have over 85 years of combined legal experience and a dedicated team of former defense attorneys. That means that we understand insurance companies and how to negotiate with electric scooter companies that may be at fault for your accident.
When you hire us, our experienced personal injury attorneys and staff will:
- Argue in court on your behalf
- Gather evidence for your case
- Negotiate with insurance companies
- Find doctors and seek medical treatment
At Battle Born, we do everything possible to make sure that you recover fair compensation for your injuries. Contact us today to schedule a free initial case review with a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer.
What is An Electric Scooter?
An electric scooter is a popular micro-mobility device. Some people own a personal scooter, while others rent scooters and pay per minute via an app or through a scooter rental company. Scooters are similar to motorcycles, except the rider is standing without a seat.
Riders are required to comply with Nevada law while on the scooter and must avoid no-scooter zones, like the Las Vegas Strip. Unlike cars and motorcycles, electric scooter riders don’t need to register their scooter or carry insurance.
How Common Are Electric Scooter Accidents?
Unfortunately, electric scooter accidents are very common. Many riders don’t wear helmets and roads aren’t in a safe condition for scooters.
A recent study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found that electric scooters accounted for 117,600 emergency room visits from 2017 through 2021 and that the trend is rising. Of course, this statistic doesn’t include the riders who experience non-emergent injuries.
Nevada is not insulated from this trend. There have been many recent electric scooter-related deaths and injuries in Las Vegas.
Why Do Electric Scooter Accidents Happen?
Electric scooter accidents happen for several reasons. One is that many riders are inexperienced. They rent the scooter while out and ride without a helmet or other safety gear. If a distracted driver swerves or hits the rider, the scooter rider is exposed and likely to be injured. Plus, electric scooters have smaller wheels than cars, and they are affected more easily by potholes, uneven surfaces, and bad road conditions.
Since electric scooters are small, they disappear in the driver’s blind spot and can be difficult to spot while driving, especially at night. Furthermore, many riders don’t understand the rules of the road and ride their scooter erratically. This is unpredictable for drivers and increases the chance of an accident.
What Makes Electric Scooter Accidents So Dangerous?
Electric scooters are dangerous because the rider’s body is exposed to serious injuries when colliding with another car or the pavement. Even if they are wearing a helmet, their body and limbs are vulnerable to injury and the scooter doesn’t provide any protection.
Common injuries from electric scooter accidents include:
- Brain and serious head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Burns and cuts
- Broken bones and fractures
- Internal bleeding and trauma
It is also common for scooter riders to die after an accident, especially if they aren’t wearing protective gear. This can be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit, depending on the circumstances and who is at fault.
Who is Liable in an Electric Scooter Accident?
The negligent person who caused the accident is liable in an electric scooter crash lawsuit. This may be a distracted or drunk driver, a pedestrian who jaywalks, or a scooter manufacturer and company.
Las Vegas follows modified comparative negligence, which means a scooter rider can recover damages as long as they are less at fault than the other party. The amount of money that they recover is reduced by the percentage that they contributed to the accident.
What Damages Can You Recover From an Electric Scooter Accident?
In Las Vegas, you can ask the court for both economic and non-economic damages after an electric scooter accident. Economic damages include the cost of medical treatment and care, anticipated future losses, and lost wages.
Noneconomic damages are harder to calculate but include damages like pain and suffering, mental trauma from the accident, and other intangible losses.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Las Vegas Electric Scooter Accident Lawyers
Battle Born Injury Lawyers are experienced in electric scooter accidents and ready to hear your story. Call us to schedule a free consultation so that we can evaluate your case and get you the money you need to recover fully from your injuries.
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