San Diego Bird E-Scooter Accident Attorney
Since Bird placed thousands of electric scooters throughout cities in North America, riders have enjoyed a new, affordable way to get around. Bird is a scooter-share company based in Santa Monica. Anyone with a smartphone and a few dollars can rent and ride a Bird electric scooter – without having any previous experience operating an electric scooter. Unfortunately, this setup has already led to numerous personal injury complaints against Bird Riders, Inc.
Injured on a Dockless Scooter?
If you sustained an injury while operating a Bird electric scooter, contact our firm. Bird scooter accidents have already caused serious and traumatic injuries. Bird Riders, Inc., a driver, and/or another party could owe you financial compensation. You need an attorney to help you determine fault, build a case, and file a lawsuit within the state’s rules and deadlines. Let a lawyer handle your claim while you concentrate on healing.
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Can you file a claim after crashing or being hit?
After suffering an injury riding a Bird scooter, stay calm and put your personal health first. Request an ambulance if you’re badly injured, or get to the nearest hospital for a checkup. While still at the scene of the accident, gather information. Get the names and contact information of all parties involved, as well as any eyewitnesses. Take photos of your injuries, the scooter, and the vehicle or object you struck.
When people hop into a rideshare vehicle, Uber and Lyft extend $1 million insurance policies to cover their damages in the event of a car accident. Riding a Bird scooter (as well as electric scooters from Lime, Spin, and Jump) does not come with this liability insurance. No law requires electric scooter riders to have liability insurance. In fact, Bird’s Rental Agreement denies liability for accidents. This leaves a significant hole for victims involved in Bird accidents.
Your ability to file a claim will depend on who or what caused your accident. If another driver struck you, you may have grounds to file a claim against that driver. If the scooter had a malfunction that caused your incident, Bird Riders, Inc. may be liable – although the scooter company has already denied these types of claims. If a dangerous roadway caused the crash, the property owner could be liable. Find out whether you can file a claim with help from an attorney.
How Dangerous Are They?
Riders zooming along at 15 to 20 miles per hour may not be able to stop in time to prevent a collision, or they may crash their scooters when encountering wet asphalt or potholes. Crashing at this speed – with or without a helmet – could result in injuries such as lacerations, road rash, soft-tissue damage, bone fractures, or traumatic head and brain injuries. Bird scooter injuries are often serious, painful, and expensive. Explore your rights as a victim with help from a lawyer.
What Are the Rules When Riding Bird Scooters?
According to Bird, riders must always wear helmets while on rental scooters. Riders must be 18 or older and have valid driver’s licenses. Double riding, or riding with a passenger, is against the law. Yet no one enforces these rules in California. Unlike rideshare vehicles with drivers who work for the company and enforce the rules, electric scooter riders are free to do as they please with no repercussions – except, perhaps, serious personal injuries. If you were breaking a Bird scooter rule at the time of your accident, you may still be eligible for compensation.
Contact a Bird Scooter Attorney Today
If you’ve suffered a serious injury while on a Bird scooter, contact us. The Liljegren Law Group can help victims of Bird scooter accidents in San Diego. Scott Liljegren is a successful personal injury attorney with years of experience defending insurance companies against claims. This experience from the other side uniquely positions him to help plaintiffs, as he knows what to expect from insurance companies. We have what it takes to help you.