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E-Scooter Accident Attorney San Francisco

With reduced transit services, the streets of San Francisco are booming with more people riding electric scooters. The popularity of e-scooters has exploded since the pandemic, offering convenience, attractive rental fees, and an eco-friendly transportation option. However, according to a 2020 study conducted by the University of California San Francisco, scooter injuries nationwide climbed by 222% over the course of five recent years.

If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a scooter crash, you should discuss your rights with an e-scooter accident attorney in San Francisco right away. The legal team at Bogaards Law is ready to help. 

Types of Electric Scooter Accidents

E-scooter accidents can happen in a number of ways, such as an inexperienced driver losing control and hitting a pedestrian or a fixture, or a car hitting someone riding a scooter. Sometimes, the scooter may even have an electric flaw or another defect, which is completely outside of the operator’s control. In one case, a scooter lost connectivity with the host company’s network and began to lose speed. In an effort to accelerate, the driver tried to re-start the engine and badly injured his calf.   

Common Motorized Scooter Injuries

The most common types of e-scooter injuries include:

  • Head and neck injuries
  • Contusions and abrasions (bruises)
  • Damage to internal organs (including brain injuries)
  • Fractures
  • Concussions
  • Lacerations

These injuries can cause the e-scooter user to be left with impairments or disfigurements for the rest of their life, as well as leaving them with physical limitations. 

California Law on Electric Scooters

According to California law, a motorized scooter is defined as having two wheels, a motor, handlebars, and a floorboard that you can stand on while operating it.  

According to the California Vehicle Code, scooter drivers are not allowed to:

  • Operate a motorized scooter without a properly fitted helmet, if under the age of 18 years old;
  • Operate a motorized scooter without a functional brake that is able to make a braked wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement;
  • Operate a motorized scooter in excess of 15 miles per hour on a highway, regardless of the posted speed limit on the highway;
  • Operate a motorized scooter carrying any package or bundle that would not allow the driver to have at least one hand on the handlebars;
  • Leave a motorized scooter lying on its side on the sidewalk.

Even if you follow all safety laws and regulations while riding an e-scooter, you cannot control the actions of other drivers. Another driver might be distracted, impaired, or otherwise negligent and crash into your scooter, leaving you with severe and costly injuries. 

Recovering Damages for Your Injuries and Losses

Whether you lost control or were hit by a car while operating a motorized scooter, in California, you are entitled to compensation as long as you can prove the other party was partly at fault. Our attorneys know how to prove negligence and recover full compensation for your losses from liable parties. Such losses might include:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Past and future lost income
  • Pain and suffering

Contact an E-Scooter Accident Attorney in San Francisco

Whatever physical or mental trauma you have suffered in a scooter accident, you need an attorney who knows California law and can make the strongest case for you. The attorneys at Bogaards Law know your rights when it comes to scooter-related injuries and are here to ease the burden of looming medical bills. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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