An electric scooter accident of any kind can be damaging both physically and financially — especially if your injury is significant. You may find yourself feeling very overwhelmed and unprepared to deal with the complexity of your case.
Even a highly experienced injury attorney will admit that scooter injury cases are unlike any other type of accident cases. They have many moving parts:
- Cities’ scooter usage laws are constantly evolving.
- The fine print found in scooter companies’ user agreements can be thousands of words long and difficult to decipher.
- And, as medical bills pile up, it can be critically important to carefully examine medical coverage available in auto and homeowner’s insurance policies.
If you’ve sustained a Lime scooter injury, it’s best to find a lawyer with experience in Lime scooter injury lawsuits — such as an attorney at Negretti & Associates. Our attorneys know electric scooter laws, and we can review your case to determine liability and calculate how you can recover damages related to your accident.
To help guide you in your claim process, we offer these answers to commonly asked questions about Lime scooter injury lawsuits.
First, get the medical care that you need. Not only will treatment speed your recovery, but your examination will document the scope and severity of your injuries.
Second, call the police and have a report written. Ask the police to impound the scooter.
Third, take photos of the scooter, the accident scene, and your injuries. Be sure to take a photo of the QR codes or other identifying information on the scooter.
Finally, call Negretti and Associates before contacting Lime to start a claim.
Liability, or what is more commonly known as “fault,” is ultimately decided by a jury. However, you can certainly do things to strengthen your Lime scooter accident case.
For example, photographing and documenting important information related to the Lime accident can be very helpful in convincing Lime to accept fault for the accident. If your Lime scooter malfunctioned in some way, it is vitally important that you preserve that scooter, so that your attorney and expert have a chance to inspect the scooter before Lime tries to repair it.
Lime has a mandatory arbitration provision in its user agreement. It reads, “We each mutually agree to resolve any justiciable disputes between us exclusively through final and binding arbitration instead of filing a lawsuit in court.”
That closing phrase — instead of filing a lawsuit in court — clearly states that you cannot sue Lime in open court. It doesn’t mean that you don’t have a claim, it simply means that you may not be able to make your dispute public. At Negretti & Associates, our Lime scooter attorneys are familiar with this arbitration provision and how to navigate injury claims appropriately.
If you are able to prove your claim against Lime, you would be entitled to medical expenses incurred and likely to be incurred in the future. You may also be able to recover for your past and future lost wages as well as pain & suffering. Your total compensation depends greatly on the severity of your damages. Make no mistake, Lime is not going to make this easy on you and will not willingly pay you for your injuries.
To answer this question, we must turn to Lime’s user agreement once again. Lime’s user agreement has a class action waiver, which restricts riders from filing and joining a class action lawsuit against the company. You surrender that right when you click through the app when you first sign up.
The waiver reads, “We each mutually agree that by entering into this agreement to arbitrate, we both waive our right to have any dispute or claim brought, heard or arbitrated as, or to participate in, a class action, collective action and/or representative action, and an arbitrator shall not have any authority to hear or arbitrate any class, collective or representative action (“Class Action Waiver”).”
No. Unfortunately, the values of these injury claims are all over the map. Additionally, since riders are bound to binding arbitration, and most settlement agreements contain confidentiality clauses, there isn’t a lot of information in the market about average claim value.
At Negretti & Associates we don’t worry about averages. You are not average and shouldn’t be treated as such. We believe your claim is unique to you and should be treated accordingly.
If you have other questions or would like a free case evaluation, get in touch with a Lime scooter attorney at Negretti & Associates now. Contact us online, contact us online, call us at 1-833-827-3535, or send us a text. We can ensure that you are taking all the necessary steps towards getting the compensation you deserve.