Scooter accidents don’t have to be stressful
When you hear the word scooter, you immediately think of a fun outing on the road. These recreational vehicles give pleasant images of people traveling through cobblestone streets in Italy and Greece. Now, the craze has spread to America and scooters are everywhere. Florida is the perfect place to host all these new-found scooter riders. With all of our beaches, colleges, and theme parks it makes sense people would enjoy our state on the back of a scooter. Stevenson Klotz recognizes that a scooter accident can be scary and frustrating. Most victims don’t understand their insurance coverage, so they are taken off guard with a scooter accident. If you or someone you know has been hurt in a scooter accident we can help. Contact us today.
Scooters are becoming more popular.
There are currently several apps that you can use to rent a scooter in many destinations in the world. Considering that Florida is filled with tourist spots, we have a lot of locations to rent scooters as well. Scooters don’t require you to have insurance while you are on the road. In fact, the apps don’t require you to have insurance either and there is no coverage on their scooters. So, if you are in an accident, you will owe these companies money for repairs. Since scooters have just recently become popular, there is a lot of gray area with the law. We recommend hiring an experienced Pensacola Fl scooter accident lawyer to handle your case.
Who is liable in a scooter accident?
Since insurance isn’t required, who is responsible for the damages with a scooter accident? Unlike renting a car, your credit card is not going to provide you with a damage waiver for your scooter. So, you should be prepared to cover any damages to property, the scooter, and injuries to anyone else if you are at fault. Technically, you’re entitled to compensation for your injuries even if you are partially at fault. Since these cases are complex, we recommend that you contact our office immediately to talk about your case.
The scooter driver is frequently blamed for all accidents.
Larger vehicles have a hard time sharing the road with scooters, mopeds, and motorcycles. Just because a car is bigger doesn’t mean that it has more rights on the road. So, when there is an accident, other vehicles try to blame the scooter. However, if you were obeying all traffic laws then you’re not at fault. You need a professional that can talk to insurance companies on your behalf, to prove who was truly negligent in your scooter accident.
Scooter accidents can have serious injuries.
People on scooters have minimal safety equipment, and some don’t even wear helmets. When you’re involved in an accident with a vehicle, you’re at a disadvantage. You have no safety gear, and you have to go through two collisions. Typically, you will experience serious injuries and some riders die from accidents.
A scooter accident can change your life forever. It’s important that you have a professional on your side that can thoroughly investigate your accident. Once we prove negligence, we can seek damages to cover your losses. We can file a claim to recover your lost wages, loss of potential wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and other losses. Our injury lawyers know what it takes to build a strong claim that will get you results.
What about scooter rental companies, are they liable?
If you were at fault in a scooter accident you might think that your rental company holds some responsibility. Sadly, they don’t unless there was a problem with the scooter or its parts. Generally, scooters are uninsured, so you’re going to be liable for injuries and damages.
Even if you rent a scooter on an app, you assume all responsibility for the scooter by signing the contract. It’s incredibly important that you have legal counsel that will protect your interests. Other parties involved can file a lawsuit against you to get compensation for their damages and injuries. You need a lawyer to ensure that you aren’t being taken advantage of.
If you’ve been involved in a scooter accident contact us today!
There is a statute of limitations of 4 years for any personal injury claim in Florida. So, we need to begin building your case as soon as possible. Call our office to set up an appointment.