Micromobility forms of transportation are increasing in popularity- E-bikes, Scooters, Bicycles, etc. They are an eco-friendly, convenient, and cost-effective form of transportation for short-distance travel. As popularity for micromobility increases, the number of accidents increases as well. Many cities struggle to keep up with this new booming industry and lack safe spaces for biking/driving these products. Contact Counsel Hound today for a no-cost consultation and case evaluation if you were injured in an e-bike, scooter, or bicycle accident.

Causes of Bike/Scooter Accidents

The Consumer Product Safety Commission released a 2020 report detailing the hazards associated with micromobility products:[1]

  1. Mechanical
    • Falls
    • Rider ejections due to frame or structural failures
    • Braking problems
    • Collisions with motor vehicles, objects, and pedestrians
  2. Electrical
    • Fire and explosions due to battery failures and mechanical batter-mounting issues
    • Falls and rider ejections due to electronic control problems
  3. Human factors
    • User positioning
    • Location and operation of emergency controls

Statistics

The number of fatalities from micromobility product accidents is drastically increasing every year. The number of fatal accidents rose from 5 to 26 between 2017-2019, and the number will likely continue to grow. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates there were more than 130,000 emergency visits during 2017-2019 time due to micromobility transportation, and motor vehicle accidents caused 63% of the fatalities.[2]

Stages of a Bike/Scooter Accident Lawsuit

  1.  Initial Investigation: If possible, take photos of the scene and write down the names and phone numbers of witnesses. No matter how minor the accident, always call 911. The police report may provide vital information for your case. Avoid telling the other person/driver “sorry” or explaining what you believe happened to anyone other than the police- doing so could inadvertently take responsibility for the accident.
  2. Medical Treatment for Injuries: Receiving medical treatment is an important step in creating a case. Be honest with your doctor about the severity of your injuries so the doctor can provide you with the necessary treatment. Always continue the treatment the doctor has prescribed, or insurance may see the discontinuation of treatment to indicate you are healed. Document each doctor’s visit so we can include your medical costs in the settlement or award.
  3. File Claim with Insurance Company: Notify your insurance company of the accident. Your insurance company should take the necessary steps to reimburse you for damages. If the driver’s insurance company attempts to contact you for a statement or settlement, do not respond until after consulting with Counsel Hound. We are working with your best interest in mind, and you may be eligible for more than what the at-fault driver’s insurance company will initially offer.
  4. Counsel Hound Consultation: Fill out our contact form, and we will set up an initial meeting to discuss your options. We work with lawyers across the nation, and Counsel Hound will refer you to the best-suited lawyer for your case at no cost.
  5. Settlement Demand: After your medical treatment has been finalized, we will begin the settlement process to maximize your compensation for damages. This process may involve negotiations with the insurance company.
  6. Settlement or Lawsuit: Once a final offer has been reached with the insurance company, you will decide if you would like to settle or file a lawsuit. Your Counsel Hound lawyer will advise you on the benefits of settling or continuing a lawsuit for you to receive the compensation you deserve.
  7. Trial: If you decide to decline an offer for settlement, we will guide you through the discovery, mediation, and trial. During discovery, both parties will exchange information to build their case. After the discovery period, you may go through a mediation where a neutral third party helps to facilitate a discussion between both parties. This may provide a second chance to accept a settlement before the trial. If mediation does not resolve the lawsuit, we will move to trial and work to convince the judge and jury that the driver acted negligently, resulting in you suffering a loss.

Counsel Hound will connect you to the qualified representation you need to navigate this process successfully.

Compensation

Bike/Scooter accidents can leave you with physical, emotional, and financial hardships. Our Counsel Hound-approved lawyers will work to maximize your settlement or award. Types of compensation you may be eligible for include economic and non-economic damages.

Economic Damages:

  • If your crash required surgery, physical therapy, prescription drugs, medical equipment, etc., we would work to have you reimbursed.
  • If the accident forced you to miss work or suffer a wage decrease at a new position, we would prove your losses with timesheets.
  • If your vehicle or micromobility transportation was totaled during the accident, we would include the cost of repairs in the losses sustained.
  • If you lost a loved one in an accident, we would work to recover funeral or burial costs.

Non-Economic Damages:

Some damages cannot be proven with lost wages, property damages, etc., and you may face emotional suffering as a result of the accident. Our lawyers will work to include all available compensation in your case.