The Different Types of E-Scooter Accidents | Recovering Compensation After an E-Scooter Accident
Since New Jersey legalized the use of electric scooters two years ago, their use in the Garden State has risen dramatically. Unfortunately, as usage has gone up, so have the number of accidents and injuries tied to the devices.
The Different Types of E-Scooter Accidents
As a motorized vehicle, an e-scooter poses many of the same risks as an automobile, truck, or motorcycle:
- Collisions with other vehicles—Because they are significantly smaller than most motorbikes, e-scooters can often be struck by other motorists not paying close attention. Other motorists may misjudge the speed of an e-scooter and turn into its path, or simply fail to understand when an e-scooter has the right of way.
- E-scooter breakdowns or malfunction—Some e-scooters experience electrical problems, causing the scooter to either lose power or shift into overdrive. Such issues can cause an operator to lose control or lose the ability to take evasive action.
Recovering Damages in an E-Scooter Accident
In most instances, if you’re hurt in an e-scooter crash, your personal injury lawsuit will be based on a legal theory of negligence. To successfully prove negligence, you must show three things:
- That the person who caused the accident (the defendant) was not acting reasonably at the time of the crash—The defendant may have been speeding, may have changed lanes without looking, or may have otherwise failed to follow traffic laws.
- The failure to act reasonably caused an accident—The accident would not have happened if the defendant had acted reasonably, and the
accident/injuries sustained were reasonably foreseeable as a consequence of the breach of the standard of care.
- You suffered actual damages as a result of the accident.
Contact the Law Office of Howard D. Popper
At the Law Office of Howard D. Popper, we can help protect your rights. For a free initial consultation to discuss your options after an e-scooter accident, contact our office online or call 973-993-8787 to set up an appointment. We have offices in Morristown and Newton.
We handle all personal injury claims on a contingent-fee basis. You won’t pay any attorney fees unless we recover damages for your losses.