It seems that electric scooters have taken over major cities. Maybe they have not taken over, but they have caused concerns due to injuries that riders and pedestrians have sustained. If you or a loved one have been injured in a scooter incident, you may wonder – who pays the bill. At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., we are ready to help you through this. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will investigate what happened and work to secure the compensation you deserve. When you need a Kansas City Bird scooter accident attorney, call us today.
What can happen in these incidents?
The rise of electric scooters in major cities across the US has led to an increase in serious injuries from accidents. There are various groups of people who can be injured due to the use of Bird scooters, including:
- Scooter riders with little experience
- Scooter riders struck by vehicles
- Pedestrians struck by scooters
- Those who trip over scooters that have been discarded
Some of the most common injuries our attorneys see in these cases include:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or amputations
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Who pays these medical bills?
The issue of who is liable in a scooter accident is complicated. When riders use these scooters, they generally agree that they are responsible for any injuries and damages and release the company from liability. Customers must agree to these terms in order to ride. Many people do not realize they agree to this simply by using the Bird app to rent a scooter.
Most experts agree that the liability for injuries and damages in a Bird scooter incident likely falls to the individual scooter rider.
Many people may think that their auto insurance will cover these expenses, but that is not likely the case. Auto insurance usually does not cover vehicles with less than four wheels. Homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policies that may cover bicycle accidents usually do not apply to motorized scooters.
Injured riders may be left to fall back on their personal insurance if they have it. Those who are struck by a negligent or careless scooter rider may have to file a personal injury lawsuit against the rider.
The bird does have insurance for anything that could happen as a result of a faulty scooter. This includes riders injured as well as anyone they may strike due to the defective scooter.
We are here to help you through this
If you or a loved one have been injured in a rental bird scooter accident, you may be entitled to compensation. At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., we will investigate what happened in this incident and work to secure coverage for all of your injury-related expenses, including:
- Compensation for your medical bills
- Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
- General household expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages against a negligent party