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San Antonio Electric Scooter Accident Attorneys

Electric Scooter Accidents Mark New Hazard for San Antonio

The arrival of electric scooters to San Antonio was a sudden one. Within months, companies including Bird, Lime, and Blue Duck had added hundreds of scooters to San Antonio’s downtown and university areas.

While electric scooters do provide residents and tourists with a convenient way to traverse some of San Antonio’s most popular destinations, they also present new hazards to riders, motorists, and pedestrians. If you or a loved one have been injured by an electric scooter, whether you were the rider or a pedestrian, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Our San Antonio scooter accident attorneys are available 24/7 to assist you and provide you with a free legal consultation.

Are Electric Scooters Dangerous?

In short, yes. Electric scooters like those produced by Bird, Lime, and Blue Duck can travel at speeds up to 15 miles per hour. Combine those speeds with limited rider protection, inexperienced operators, and risky rider behavior, and the potential for injury is considerable.

Some of the most common hazards associated with electric scooters are:

  • Reduced Visibility: Electric scooters are meant to be compact. While this is great for storing the scooters, it also means that motorists are less likely to see scooter riders. Riders can also easily be hidden from view by objects on and off the roadway.
  • Road Hazards: Scooters lack stability. As such, common road hazards like potholes, gravel, debris, and uneven surfaces can cause riders to lose control of their scooters and crash.
  • Rider Inexperience: A large percentage of electric scooter riders are operating the scooters for the first time. Even those who have used a Lime, Bird, or Blue Duck scooter are often unfamiliar with the traffic laws that they must abide by resulting in an increased risk of accidents.
  • High-Risk Behavior: While some riders may break traffic laws due to inexperience, other riders due so with reckless disregard. This includes riding on the sidewalk, riding against traffic, or rider while intoxicated.

In addition to the above hazards, potential for accidents can be increased by misuse of the scooters, including:

  • Children operating the electric scooters
  • People riding the scooters without helmets
  • People riding the scooters on sidewalks instead of in a designated bike lane
  • Scooters being abandoned in the middle of sidewalks or on the side of streets
  • Unoccupied scooters blocking building entrances and exits and handicap access ramps
  • More than one person riding on a single scooter at a time

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.

Don’t wait — contact Thomas J. Henry today for a free legal consultation. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan AntonioAustin, El Paso, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review — attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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