Electric scooters provide various benefits to both visitors and residents in Miami. These little vehicles can be fun for recreational sightseeing, and they are also helpful for those who need to get from place to place over shorter distances and do not want to take a car. However, accidents involving electric scooters can result in severe injuries for victims. At Colson Hicks Eidson, our award-winning attorneys are here to help if you need a Miami electric scooter accident attorney. We will investigate your case and work to secure any compensation you are entitled to.
What electric scooters are in Miami?
Dockless electric scooters are essentially little rideshare vehicles that people can unlock using their smartphones and then ride for however long they wish while paying a certain amount of money per mile. Electric scooters have been allowed within the city limits of Miami for a few years now, and some of the companies that operate here include:
Common injuries caused by electric scooters in Miami
As electric scooters have poured into cities throughout the United States, officials and doctors have been alarmed at the frequency and severity of injuries caused by electric scooter collisions. Various groups of people can sustain injuries in electric scooter accidents, including the riders of the scooters themselves, pedestrians struck by inexperienced riders, as well as vehicle drivers and passengers involved in a collision with an electric scooter or while trying to avoid striking a scooter.
The accident attorneys at Colson Hicks Eidson can help clients who have sustained the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord trauma
- Other severe neck and back injuries
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or road rash
- Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
Liability for an electric scooter crash in Miami
In most situations, the electric scooter companies will not have any liability for a crash involving these little vehicles. Drivers typically electronically sign a waiver of liability when they rent the electric scooters. However, if a scooter company provides a consumer with a defective vehicle, it may be possible to hold the company and/or the manufacturer accountable.
It is possible that other parties could be at-fault for causing a scooter accident, just like in a car accident. For pedestrians and other bystanders injured due to the actions of a scooter rider, they may be able to hold the rider accountable. For scooter riders injured due to the actions of others, including vehicle drivers, these individuals may be able to pursue compensation from the at-fault party.
Call us for a consultation of your case today
If you or somebody you love has been injured in an electric scooter accident in Florida, contact the team at Colson Hicks Eidson for help today. Our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys are nationally recognized and regularly help clients secure the following compensation:
- Coverage of crash-related medical expenses
- Lost income if a victim cannot work
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages in cases of gross negligence