Determining liability in an electric scooter accident does not have to be complicated. Essentially, it comes down to whether the electric scooter rider obeyed all operating regulations surrounding electric scooters—just like determining whether a motorist obeyed all traffic regulations in the event of a car accident.
Learn about Missouri’s electric scooter regulations and how to determine liability in the event of an electric scooter accident in the state.
Missouri’s Electric Scooter Laws
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 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 recklessness led to an accident, the electric scooter rider will likely be held liable for damages. Taking the following measures can help bolster your case and affirm that the electric scooter rider was responsible for the accident:
File a police report. An official police report can help support your claim that the accident was caused by the electric scooter rider’s negligence.
Obtain witnesses’ information. Write down any observations nearby witnesses had during the accident.
Seek medical treatment. Always seek medical treatment, even for minor injuries, and retain all medical records as proof that the accident caused you physical harm.
In the case of an electric scooter accident, it’s in your best interest to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you navigate this relatively new area of law. Each state has unique laws when it comes to electric scooter regulations, and our St. Louis attorneys are here to help you sort it all out.
Contact Meyerkord & Kurth today at (800) 391-4318 to learn how we can help you.