Police have charged a 30-year-old man with driving while intoxicated after he crashed a scooter outside of a sushi restaurant in South Austin.
Details of the Scooter Drunk Driving Charge
According to the Austin American-Statesman, 30-year-old Travis Walker has been charged with driving while intoxicated after crashing a stand-up scooter. He is currently being held at the Travis County Jail on a $12,000 bail, jail records show.
An affidavit states that police responded to Namami Sushi Bar and Grill at 9001 Brodie Lane where Walker had shown up on a gas-powered red Viza Viper 33cc stand-up scooter with bloody elbows. Employees of the restaurant believed Walker had previously crashed his scooter.
Police performed a sobriety test on Walker and determined he was intoxicated.
Walker has at least two previous drunk driving conviction, both in Harris County in 2010 and 2012.
Accidents Commonly Associated with Electric Scooters
When it comes to electric scooter accidents, it is important to remember that riders are not the only was at risk. Pedestrians, cyclists, and even motorists can be injured in an electric scooter accident. Additionally, accidents may not be the result of negligent behavior as cases of scooter defects and malfunctions have been reported.
The following reflect some of the accidents associated with Bird, Lime, and Blue Duck electric scooters:
- Scooter accident caused by potholes, debris, fallen branches, and obstructions.
- Scooter accidents caused by a rider trying to avoid a car, cyclists, pedestrian, dog, or another scooter rider.
- Pedestrians and cyclists struck by a negligent or reckless scooter rider.
- Scooter accident caused by a rider colliding with an opening car door or moving vehicle.
- A motorist crashing into a structure or another vehicle in an attempt to avoid a negligent or reckless scooter rider.
- A scooter rider that is injured due to a malfunction or defect in the scooter, including defective brakes, tires, throttle, stem, or handlebars.
- A scooter rider who loses control after being chased by a doc.
Who Can Be Sued for an Electric Scooter Accident?
Who can be sued for an electric scooter accident is dependent on the type of accident that occurred and who was responsible for that accident. It is important to remember that there is no source of liability insurance when it comes to electric scooters, so legal action against the responsible party is often the only means of financial recovery.
Depending on the circumstances of your electric scooter accident, you may be able to seek compensation from:
- The Rider: If your injures were the caused by a negligent or reckless scooter rider, then the rider can be held legally accountable for you injuries.
- The Scooter Company: If a defect, design flaw, or malfunction contributed in any way to your accident and injuries, you can seek financial from the scooter’s manufacturer.
- Motorists: If you injuries were the result of an accident caused by a negligent driver, you could seek compensation from the driver involved.
- Pedestrian at Fault: If the actions of a pedestrian caused your accident – for example, they suddenly stepped into the path of a scooter rider – then you may be able hold the pedestrian accountable for your injuries.
- The City: If a pothole or road defect caused your scooter accident, you may be able to seek financial recovery from the city.
Contact an Experienced Electric Scooter Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in an electric scooter accident, call Thomas J. Henry today. Our experienced San Antonio electric scooter accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to hear your claim. Scooter accidents can cause great physical and financial harm to an individual and their family. We can help you address medical bills and living costs, letting you focus on healing while we take care of the ongoing legal processes. It is our goal to ensure our clients are taken care of while our injury attorneys fight relentless to obtain the real result you need.
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