Who’s Liable For Injuries in a Shared Electric Scooter Accident in Sacramento?

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Who’s Liable For Injuries in a Shared Electric Scooter Accident in Sacramento?

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When you’re in a pinch and need to get somewhere quickly, driving in traffic or waiting for a ridesharing pickup can take a considerable amount of time. Luckily, many companies have placed electric scooters around cities for people to rent to navigate their city. However, if you’ve been injured due to the negligence of another party while riding a shared electric scooter, understanding your legal rights during these times is critical. As such, it’s imperative to connect with a Sacramento personal injury lawyer. Working with an attorney can help you recover the compensation you may be entitled to.

What Are the Laws for Electric Scooters?

Like other motorized vehicles, there are laws in place to regulate how these vehicles are operated. Generally, anyone under the age of 18 must have a helmet on while riding an electric scooter. In addition, you’ll find that you can only go up to 15 miles per hour.

Additionally, those operating an electric scooter must have a valid license. However, those with a learner’s permit can legally operate one of these vehicles. This is because those using these vehicles are not permitted to ride on a sidewalk and must operate these scooters in the roadway.

Who Is Liable for Injuries Sustained on an Electric Scooter?

Unfortunately, you may find that despite adhering to the laws in place to protect you, others may not have the same intentions to protect you during these times. For example, you may be struck by a distracted driver or injured by a scooter malfunction. As such, it’s important to understand that you are likely entitled to compensation for the damages you’ve sustained.

If you are struck by a driver, they can be held responsible if they are found to be negligent. For example, if they were speeding or texting while driving in the moments leading up to the collision, the driver can be held liable. Similarly, if you are operating a scooter and are injured because of a pothole or other unsafe road conditions, you may be able to hold the city liable.

Finally, if the scooter malfunctions or does not operate in the way it is advertised, causing you injury, you may be able to hold the scooter company liable for the damages you’ve endured.

Can an Attorney Help Me?

When you’ve been injured while riding an electric scooter you’ve rented from a company, it can be challenging to know your rights in these matters. However, you should not bear the burden of this on your own. That’s why it’s imperative to connect with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

At the Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes, our dedicated legal team will do everything possible to help you recover the compensation you deserve during these matters. When you need help, our team is here to help. We understand how devastating an injury caused by another person’s negligence can be, which is why we will fight for you. Connect with us today to learn more.