Scooters are popular motor vehicles that are often used for personal travel, especially in urban areas. They function similarly to motorcycles, expect that they are often smaller in size, and usually travel at slower speeds.
Scooter accidents are a type of motor vehicle accident that involve a scooter colliding with an automobile, another scooter, or injuring a pedestrian. The result of the accident can include property damage or injuries.
Scooter injuries can often be serious and may compare in many ways to those involved in motorcycle accidents. Injuries can include broken bones, skin abrasions, spine or neck injuries, or other types of injuries. In some cases, the accident may cause the death of a driver or pedestrian.
How is Fault Determined in a Scooter Accident?
Fault is a legal term for liability. Determining fault in a scooter accident can be complex and may require an examination of various items of evidence, including:
- Vehicle parts found at the scene of the incident;
- Statement by drivers, pedestrians, and witnesses;
- Skid marks and other physical evidence; and/or
- Video footage or photos of the accident.
In many cases, the legal theory used in the lawsuit will be one called “negligence”. In order to prove negligence, it must be shown that the defendant breached a duty of care to the victim, and that their negligent conduct resulted in measurable damages to the victim.
An example of this might be where the defendant disregards speed limit laws, causing an accident with a scooter driver. Here, the scooter driver might be able to sue under state negligence laws.
In other cases, a scooter accident might be caused by some other factor, such as a defect with the scooter. In such cases, liability may rest with the manufacturer of the scooter, and a lawsuit might involve product liability or defective product laws. An example of this would be where the manufacturer incorrectly installed the brakes, resulting in a scooter accident.
What are “Damages” in a Scooter Accident?
The term “damages” typically refers to money for injuries and property loss caused by the accident. These amounts are generally paid by the defendant to the victim to compensate them for losses that were caused by the scooter accident.
Depending on state laws, monetary damages awards in a scooter accident lawsuit might cover losses like hospital or medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other costs.
Should I Talk to a Lawyer About My Scooter Accident?
Scooter accidents can be serious and costly. To determine whether you can sue the other person involved in the accident, you may need to contact a personal injury lawyer. Your attorney can provide you with direction on how to proceed and can represent you during your case.