Traveling by electric scooter is a great way to get around the SMU or UT Dallas campus or commute around Far North Dallas or the Arts District. These eco-friendly rides are fun for just about everyone and a great way to avoid heavy traffic or simply enjoy nice weather in the Metroplex. But when an e-scooter collides with a car, truck, or commercial vehicle, the driver can get seriously injured. The injuries you suffer in a scooter accident can change your life. A Dallas electric scooter accident lawyer can help ensure that you are legally compensated for your losses.
Crain Brogdon, LLP is a local personal injury law firm focused on helping people who have been hurt in an avoidable accident. Our electric scooter accident lawyers can help you understand your legal options, including seeking compensatory damages in civil court. Call (214) 522-9404 today for a free case consultation.
Crain Brogdon, LLP personal injury lawyers has represented accident victims in DFW since 2001. Fighting against insurance companies and other big corporate entities involves complex issues, and not every personal injury firm has the resources or experienced Dallas e-scooter accident attorneys to properly litigate your case. We do.
At Crain Brogdon, LLP, we believe our clients deserve equitable settlements with fair compensation for their injuries and other losses, both economic and non-economic. In the last three decades, we have won many multimillion-dollar settlements and awards for our clients. Your Crain Brogdon, LLP electric scooter accident lawyer will be beside you from the initial case filing through the investigation into the accident, mediation, and representing you in court if we need to.
Although e-scooters are an efficient mode of transportation and cause less pollution than cars, the truth is that these fun, sporty vehicles are also some of the most dangerous on the road. An average of 2.2 accidents per 10,000 electric scooter miles driven happen in a given year. By comparison, motorcycles, which are typically considered dangerous vehicles, average about 0.05 accidents per 10,000 miles driven, while private passenger cars average 0.10.
Electric scooters have maximum speeds of about 15 miles per hour. How are they so much more accident prone than other types of vehicles?
Electric scooter riders face many of the same challenges as bike riders in the Dallas area. Though there are hundreds of miles of trails and paths for these vehicles, the city doesn’t have the necessary infrastructure for e-scooter riders to travel in their own lane all the time.
Electric scooter riders can use the same lanes that cyclists can and must follow the same traffic laws as cyclists. However, sharing lanes with cars and trucks exposes vulnerable e-scooter riders to the dangers of collision. Most electric scooter and bicycle accidents are caused by the negligence or carelessness of drivers. Some examples of driver negligence include:
Drivers have a responsibility to others sharing the road. In fact, by holding a Texas driver’s license, a driver commits to following all traffic rules and laws. If a driver causes a collision with an e-scooter rider because they were distracted, careless, or driving under the influence, they are liable for the accident and the injuries suffered by the e-scooter rider.
Negligent drivers aren’t the only cause of e-scooter accidents. Other ways an accident could happen include:
Your Dallas e-scooter accident lawyer will conduct an independent investigation into the cause of your wreck to determine the responsible party. Then, we will name them as the defendant in your e-scooter injury lawsuit.
Electric scooter operators lack the protective metal shell of a car or truck and don’t have the benefits of airbags, which means that in a crash, the electric scooter operator comes off much worse than the car’s driver and passenger. Even with a helmet, concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are common in an e-scooter accident. A moderate to severe TBI can change a person’s life forever.
Other common e-scooter injuries include:
Unfortunately, many electric scooter accident victims suffer more than one of these injuries, and recovery can be long and painful. Physical therapy or surgery may be required to help you regain your physical abilities. Some victims may be permanently disabled or in chronic pain after their injuries.
The driver who caused the accident is legally liable for compensating you for the damage they caused, including covering the cost of your medical care. A Dallas electric scooter accident attorney from Crain Brogdon, LLP can help. Call us today at (214) 522-9404 for a free case review.
Establishing legal liability for the accident is the first step your Dallas e-scooter accident lawyer will take when building your case.
After an accident, your first step should be to call 911 for emergency medical care. When you call 911, the responding officer will complete an accident report. This contains information about who was involved, where and when the collision happened, the road and weather conditions, and witness statements.
The police report also contains an official narrative of the crash, including who was likely responsible. Your Dallas e-scooter accident attorney can use this information, witness statements, and any photo or video footage of the accident to establish the driver’s responsibility.
Sometimes, parties aside from the other driver share responsibility for the crash. For example, if you or your driver hit a pothole or other dangerous road hazard, then the municipality you were traveling in could share some of the liability. The city government has a duty of care to ensure that the roads are safe for travel by maintaining them regularly.
No matter how complicated your case is, your Crain Brogdon, LLP Dallas electric scooter accident attorney can advocate for your rights.
Recovery from an accident can take a long time, and your injuries may be extensive. You might face mounting medical bills or worry about the time you’re missing at work. As an accident victim, you are entitled to compensation for the following:
As your Dallas electric scooter accident lawyers, we have the experience necessary to properly value your claim and ensure that you get the maximum award for your losses. The Crain Brogdon, LLP legal team consists of skillful negotiators and fierce litigators, and our only interest is representing your rights.
If you’ve been hurt in a Dallas electric scooter accident, you probably have questions about what comes next. These are some of the most common questions our clients ask.
Each case is different; there’s no set maximum or minimum for an e-scooter accident claim. However, in general, the worse your injuries are and the more impact they have on your quality of life and physical abilities, the higher your claim will be.
Most personal injury attorneys, like the ones at Crain Brogdon, LLP, assess legal fees only on the contingency that they win your case. The legal fees we charge for our services and case preparation will be a percentage of your final award, and if we don’t win your case, then we do not get paid. We will gladly discuss our fee arrangements at your initial free consultation.
Please refer all of your communications with the other driver, their insurance company, and their lawyer to your attorney. The other party’s insurance company is probably contacting you for information they can use to minimize your claim, either by making it seem as if you caused the accident or by undervaluing the extent of your injuries and medical bills. Let us take care of your legal matters, from conversations with insurance companies to paperwork.
An experienced personal injury attorney understands how to properly estimate the value of your case and will consider any future needs when sending the demand letter to the other party. Any settlement the other party offers is likely to be much less than your case is worth, leaving you out of luck if you need additional medical treatments or have to spend a longer time out of work than you initially thought you would.
If there was a manufacturing or design defect that made your e-scooter fundamentally unstable, we will file a product liability lawsuit against the scooter manufacturer. Consumer product manufacturers, like those that make e-scooters, have a duty of care to ensure that their products are safe for people who use them. When we investigate your case, we may audit manufacturing records for the production of your scooter or look for any recalls or problems other owners of your type of scooter had.
If your loved one died in a Dallas e-scooter collision, your Crain Brogdon, LLP attorney will file a wrongful death suit on your behalf. A wrongful death claim provides compensatory damages to surviving family members after their loved one dies in a collision they did not cause. It is litigated similarly to a personal injury claim, and the settlement you receive covers the funeral and burial costs, compensation for your loss of companionship, and the loss of financial contributions your loved one would have made to your family.
We know that you probably have many other questions about your case, and we will answer them during your initial free consultation and as they arise during the legal process.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an electric scooter accident in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, we can help. Crain Brogdon, LLP provides compassionate and vigorous representation, no matter how complicated your case is.
Contact us today at (214) 522-9404 for a free case consultation. Don’t wait — act now!
Quentin Brogdon has over thirty years of experience and expertise in the field of personal injury trial law. He is board certified in both personal injury trial law and civil trial advocacy. Quentin has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating. This rating reflects an attorney’s ethics and abilities according to reviews from fellow attorneys. [ Attorney Bio ]