In order to ride an electric scooter, you have to download an app from the electric scooter company. That app requires that you click and agree to a user agreement drafted by the electric scooter company. Some user agreements are quite lengthy. For example, the user agreement for Bird is 58 mobile pages long! Buried within those pages are things like liability waivers, assumption of risk disclaimers and binding arbitration agreements. Some companies even accelerate the deadline that you have to file your claim from the typical two (2) to one (1) year. Other companies put a cap on damages, limiting them to $100.
The number of electric scooter accidents has exploded since they hit the scene in 2017
Companies such as Bird, Lime, and Lyft have placed thousands of electric scooters on city sidewalks throughout the country. Cities are scrambling to enact legislation to regulate electric scooters and provide protections to those who are injured by or because of them. Determining responsibility for electric scooter accidents can be challenging. Is the rider responsible? Is the electric scooter company responsible? Is the city responsible? The dedicated electric scooter accident lawyers at Negretti & Associates are here to help you answer these questions.
Watch Negretti & Associates’ Jonathan Negretti on AZTV 7’s Daily Mix show, discussing scooter accident liability, and how the fine print found in scooter companies’ terms-of-service agreements can impact riders.
- Advocate – Arizona Association for Justice (PDF; link opens new tab): Jonathan Negretti offers an overview of electric scooter liability with regard to user agreements, applicable laws, and scooter malfunctions.
- Scottsdale Progress newspaper shares Negretti’s perspective on proposed scooter regulations in Scottsdale, Arizona.
We handle electric scooter accident cases in Arizona, California, and Colorado
An electric scooter accident of any kind can be damaging both physically and financially
This rings especially true for electric scooter accidents — which can be confusing and difficult to navigate. Depending on how your accident occurred, the electric scooter company may be responsible to you for your harm and damages.
Typical types of electric scooter accidents:
- The rider of the electric scooter is injured while riding or falling off of the scooter.
- A pedestrian is struck by someone riding an electric scooter.
- Someone trips and falls over a scooter that was left laying on a sidewalk.
Electric scooter accidents are not like any other type of accidents. You might find yourself feeling very overwhelmed and unprepared to deal with the complexity of these cases. That is where Negretti & Associates can be a great resource.
We understand your stress and are here to help.
Negretti & Associates was founded on the idea that working with a lawyer should be the easiest part, not the most difficult. We want to work alongside you to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Things you should know about electric scooters:
Even though you are riding an electric scooter, you are bound to follow the rules of the road or what are called the motor vehicle statutes in the city or state where you are riding the scooter. However, most cities and states require that you ride these electric scooters in bike lanes, not on city roads. Further, you are typically required to use turn signals like you would if you were driving a vehicle without blinkers. This means you would have to take one hand off of the handlebars to make that signal. This is an important point because the user manual for the makers of these scooters says that you should never remove both hands from the scooter. Removing one hand makes it extremely difficult to control the electric scooter.
Electric scooters often go 15 miles per hour or more. While that may not seem fast, that is the top speed of most golf carts and certainly faster than any skateboard could go by human power. People often don’t – or can’t – appreciate the speed of these scooters and can quickly lose control of the scooter. Also, the small wheels on these scooters weren’t designed to travel at that speed and certainly aren’t equipped to negotiate a half-inch curb at that speed.
The most common type of injury that we see involving electric scooters is a broken tibula or fibula. This is because people put their foot out to slow or stop these scooters which causes their leg to get caught and ultimately broken by the impact. Malfunctions like faulty brakes or accelerators that get stuck also cause people to try to jump off these scooters which eventually leads to injury.
Electric scooter accident claims aren’t the easiest to navigate. Hiring a team of experienced electric scooter accident lawyers, like the team at Negretti & Associates, can ensure that you are taking all the necessary steps towards getting the compensation you deserve.
“I decided to look for a lawyer. I was referred to Jonathan Negretti. It was the best decision that I made.”
– Otto A.
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Electric scooter accidents are different from other types of cases
The successful and professional team at Negretti & Associates is ready to help you understand how to navigate these types of claims. We can also assist with cases involving self-driving car accidents in Arizona, California, and Colorado.