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Personal Injury Claims for Injuries Caused by Scooter Riders

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IL injury lawyerElectric scooters or “e-scooters” have been quickly gaining popularity in the last few years. These small vehicles allow individuals to navigate the streets of Chicago and other U.S. cities without needing to drive their own car or hail a taxi cab. Unfortunately, e-scooters have been causing significant problems for pedestrians and bicyclists who are sharing the sidewalks or roads with these vehicles. If you or a loved one were injured in a scooter-related accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. You could be compensated for your medical bills, property damage, lost income, and other costs.

Negligent Scooter Riders

There is no doubt that scooters offer some benefits to riders. They are small, inexpensive, and more environmentally-friendly than automobiles. Unfortunately, the misuse of e-scooters has caused considerable problems for other scooter riders as well as non-riders. Because scooters are smaller than motorcycles and cars and do not reach high speeds, some riders underestimate the potential risks of riding a scooter. Many scooter riders are unfamiliar with the scooter and do not know how to operate it safely. They may also use the scooter while under the influence of alcohol and drugs or attempt to drive the scooter while simultaneously using their cell phone.

Discarded Scooters Present a Hazard

Scooters have also caused non-rider injuries when they are not in use. One of the perks of using a scooter is that the rider is not expected to return to the scooter to its original location after using it. This has led to scooters being carelessly discarded on sidewalks and streets. Bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists, and other scooter riders may collide with or trip over discarded scooters. This can lead to significant injuries.

Financial Compensation for Scooter-Related Accidents

Some people assume that because scooters cannot be driven at speeds exceeding 30-40 miles per hour that they do not present serious risks. However, studies are demonstrating that scooters are more dangerous than many realize. Just recently, a study showed that nearly 30 percent of scooter-related injuries were injuries to the head and neck. An individual injured in a scooter accident may require considerable medical treatment. He or she may be disabled and unable to work, care for children, or perform everyday responsibilities. Through a personal injury claim, a person injured in a scooter accident may receive compensation for medical expenses, lost income due to missed work, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Contact a Lake County Scooter Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one were hurt in an accident involving a scooter, contact Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. to learn about your legal options. Schedule a free consultation with a skilled Lake County personal injury attorney by calling our office at 847-662-3303 today.

Source:

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-10-neck-injuries-electric-scooter-accident.html

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