Injured While Riding an Electric Scooter in San Diego: Can I Sue?
Updated: May 28
If you have walked around San Diego lately, you may have seen an abundance of electric scooters lined up on the sidewalk or zipping past you on the road.
The electric scooter companies have described this mode of transportation as eco-friendly and are motivating more people to commute on these scooters instead of their cars or public transportation. While they may have a positive impact on the environment in the long run, in the present time, they are at the center of controversy with many people. There have been an exponential rise in personal injury claims and lawsuits filed against these electric scooter companies and other road users for e-scooter accidents.
If you or someone you know has been injured while riding an electric scooter, either by a faulty / broken scooter or because of another driver's wrong-doing, you may be entitled to money for your injuries.
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Due to the amount of accidents on San Diego streets caused by electric scooters, new laws and regulations have been implemented to increase safety for both riders and vehicle drivers.
In Pacific Beach and Mission Beach, geofencing technology is being used to lower the speeds of the scooters to just 8 miles per hour on boardwalks compared to the original scooter speed of 12 miles per hour. Contrarily, geofencing technology has lowered the scooter speed to just 3 miles per hour in the Martin Luther King Jr. downtown promenade.
San Diego City has put in place another regulation that applies to the parking of electric scooters. The rule is this: 4 scooters parked within 40 ft area to prevent scooter pile ups.
NEVER ride an electric scooter on a sidewalk.
One person on a scooter at a time.
You must be over the age of 16 to ride an electric scooter.
You must wear a helmet.
Where you Can't Ride Scooters in San Diego: §84.18 Operation of Motorized Transportation Devices on Boardwalks Prohibited
(b) It is unlawful for any person to operate any motorized transportation device in the following locations: on the public walkway on Ocean Front Walk in Mission Beach,
(1) beginning at the South Mission Beach Jetty northward to the terminus of the public walkway at Ocean Boulevard at Law Street in Pacific Beach;
(2) on the public walkway on the west side ofMission Bay Park from San Diego Place (adjacent to the South Mission Beach Jetty) to Corona Oriente Road (terminus ofCrown Point Park), known as Bayside Walk;
(3) on the public walkway on the east side ofMission Bay Park from De Anza Road southward to the South Shores Boat Launch and Park; and
(4) on the boardwalk from Avenida De La Playa (adjacent to La Jolla Shores) north to the terminus ofKellogg Park at its northeast comer.
How Electric Scooter Accidents / Injuries Occur:
Often times, despite complying with all of the laws and regulations surrounding electric scooters, there is still a possibility of getting injured on an electric scooter due to a scooter malfunction or because of a negligent driver.
One time my dad (65 year old, very fit), was driving an electric scooter, and the brakes stopped working just when he was crossing an intersection. He literally had to jump off the scooter onto the grass to avoid getting hit by a car. That's unacceptable.
Electric scooter companies have a responsibility to maintain the scooters they're putting out on the street. Drivers also have a responsibility to remain aware of their surroundings at all times.
Most Popular E-Scooters Around:
Common Electric Scooter Accidents:
Scooters flipping over
Uneven surfaces causing a fall
Hit by a car while on a scooter
Collisions with pedestrians
Who is Responsible for Injuries from an Electric Scooter Accident?
Scooter company- for scooter malfunctions
Other road users- such as drivers, pedestrians, rollerbladers, bike riders, etc.
Hit by a car while on a scooter? The driver could be responsible.
Hit by a bike while on a scooter? The cyclist could be responsible.
Hit by a bus while on a scooter? The bus company could be responsible.
Injured on a scooter due to unsafe property conditions? Business owners or residential owners could be responsible.
Filing a Scooter Accident Lawsuit: 3 Step Process:
100% free consultation with our accident attorneys
Investigation to who is at fault
Scooter Accident Settlements:
If you were injured while riding an electric scooter, you should understand the full extent of your injuries, both economic and non-economic damages. Due to the exposed nature of a scooter rider, the chance of more serious injuries occurring from being struck by a car might be higher than an auto collision involving two cars. The types of damages to be considered in your settlement:
Cost of future medical expenses
Loss of earnings
Loss of future earnings
Pain and suffering
Psychological and emotional distress
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