Car accidents involving electric scooters can bring up several questions of liability. Due to their recent rise in popularity, it is still unclear to many motorists and electric scooter riders as to who would be liable in the event of an accident.
Learn about car accidents involving electric scooters in order to protect your rights.
Who’s Liable in an Electric Scooter Accident?
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has put several measures in place that regulate electric scooters on city streets. First and foremost, motorized scooters must abide by the same laws that govern motor vehicles. This means that electric scooter operators must have a valid driver’s license, stop at posted stop signs, drive on the right side of the roadway, yield to approaching traffic when turning left, and obey the posted speed limit. Additionally, electric scooters may not be ridden on city sidewalks.
If an electric scooter rider violated these regulations and this negligence led to an accident, the electric scooter rider will likely be held liable for damages.
In order to prove the electric scooter rider’s fault in such an accident, make sure to take the following measures:
Contact the authorities. Explain what happened to the responding police officer. The police report they file can help bolster your case and affirm that the electric scooter rider operated the scooter negligently.
Obtain witnesses’ information. Ask for the contact information of any witnesses at the scene and write down any observations they had during the accident.
Seek medical treatment. Make sure to seek medical attention for your injuries, even if they seem minor. Retain all medical records as proof that the accident caused you physical harm.
Contact an experienced personal injury attorney. Since electric scooter accidents are a relatively new area of law, it’s in your best interest to contact a qualified personal injury attorney who can help you navigate the process successfully.
At Meyerkord & Kurth, we’re well-versed in this area of law and we’re prepared to fight for you. We have recovered millions on behalf of clients who have been injured due to the negligence of another, and we want to assist you, too.
Contact us today at (800) 391-4318 to learn how we can help you.