Austin Electric Scooter Accident Lawyer
Electric scooters have taken Austin by storm. They offer a fun and easy way to get around the city. Unfortunately, Bird and Lime electric scooters aren’t always safe. Hospitals in the area see dozens of electric scooter accident victims every week.
Many scooter accidents are avoidable. If you’ve been injured while riding an electric scooter in Austin through little-to-no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the personal injury lawyers at Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP to learn about your legal options.
Our experienced legal team has been helping accident victims across Austin for more than 18 years. During this time, we’ve recovered substantial money damages in settlements and awards for our clients. We are prepared to help you get the money you deserve, as well. Call our law firm today to schedule a free, no-obligation case assessment and learn more.
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Austin Electric Scooter Accident Statistics
Shortly after dockless scooters made their debut in Austin, several people were killed in fatal scooter accidents. The city suspended scooter operations and, in conjunction with the CDC, began to study just how dangerous the popular vehicles can be. The study focused on 271 people who had sustained “potential scooter-related injuries” in a two and half month period at the end of 2018. At the conclusion of the study, the CDC reported that there are 20 injuries per 100,000 electric scooter trips.
Doctors in Austin believe that scooter accidents and injuries happen much more frequently. Hospitals in Austin see nearly a dozen scooter injuries every day. At least one person is admitted to the hospital to treat scooter injuries every other day. The intensive care unit gets a new scooter accident victim every week.
Causes of Austin Electric Scooter Accidents
Electric scooters are involved in accidents across the city every day. Common causes of electric scooter crashes in Texas include:
- Inexperienced operator
- Riding between lanes of traffic
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Making unsafe turns
- Distracted driving
- Parking in a prohibited area
- Operating a scooter on a prohibited sidewalk downtown
- Failing to wear a helmet and other safety gear
- Operating a scooter under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Hazardous road conditions, and
- Riding at night.
It’s important to report your accident and contact an attorney for help as soon as you can. The steps you take immediately after a scooter accident will affect your ability to recover compensation.
What If I’m Partly to Blame For My Scooter Accident?
Scooter operators aren’t always at fault for a scooter accident. Sometimes a distracted pedestrian will impede a scooter’s path. Other times, a driver will simply fail to share the road safely and cause an accident.
In some cases, more than one person will contribute to an accident. If you are one of those people, don’t worry. You won’t automatically lose the right to recover compensation.
Texas is a comparative negligence state. This means two things for your electric scooter accident lawsuit.
- You can recover compensation as long as someone else also shares some of the blame.
- You may be liable for damages sustained by others involved in the collision.
Others involved in the accident will try to shift some or all of the blame to you. Don’t let them. The less fault you share, the more money you’ll be able to get. Our experienced injury attorneys will fight to protect you from these claims.
When Do I Have to File an Austin Scooter Accident Lawsuit?
Texas limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit after your scooter accident. The statute of limitations for bodily injury claims is two years. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, you’ll lose the right to obtain compensation if you don’t file your claim within two years of the date of your accident.
Protect your legal rights by contacting Lorenz & Lorenz immediately after your scooter accident. We’ll get started on your personal injury case right away and ensure your claim is filed on time.
Electric Scooter Accident Injuries
Scooter accidents can inflict a wide range of injuries. Some will walk away with minor scrapes and bruises, while others will be faced with catastrophic injuries that require lifelong medical attention. Our attorneys are prepared to help you fight to get the money you need to treat all of your scooter injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Head injury
- Orthopedic injury
- Facial injury
- Soft tissue damage
- Spinal cord damage
- Crushing injury
- Paralysis, and more.
Some Austin scooter accidents are fatal. Families of scooter accident victims may also be entitled to money for their devastating loss. Our compassionate legal team can help you navigate a wrongful death lawsuit after a deadly scooter crash.
What Compensation Can I Get After an Electric Scooter Accident?
As a scooter operator, you have very little to protect themselves in the event of a crash. As a result, scooter accident injuries are often quite severe. Medical expenses can add up quickly. It can become difficult to make ends meet, especially if you can’t work. The emotional toll of the accident may prevent you from truly enjoying life. You shouldn’t have to face these costs on your own. You can seek monetary damages from anyone who contributed to your accident.
Our attorneys will aggressively pursue compensation on your behalf, including money for:
- Other medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Call our Austin law offices today to schedule your free case assessment.
Get Help After Your Austin Electric Scooter Accident
It can take a long time to get back on your feet after an electric scooter accident. While you may be entitled to compensation, it can be difficult to actually get the money you deserve. Insurance companies and defendants in your lawsuit will fight you every step of the way. The best thing you can do is turn to an experienced Austin personal injury attorney for help.
At Lorenz & Lorenz, we understand how important a financial settlement or award can be after an accident. We’re here to help you fight for the money you need. Contact us today to learn more.