Electric scooters and bikes are a common sight on the streets of Manhattan Beach and throughout California. They provide riders with a convenient, inexpensive, eco-friendly means of transportation that’s ideal for quickly traversing California’s congested streets and roads.
Unfortunately, with the increased number of electric scooters and bikes, comes an increase in accidents involving electric bikes (e-bikes) and scooters.
Common Injuries Caused by E-Bike and E-Scooter Accidents
Like motorcycles, e-bikes and scooters provide little protection for their riders during an accident. Injuries caused by a Manhattan Beach electric bike accident or electric scooter accident can include:
- Brain trauma and head injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts, scrapes, and burns
- Road rash
- Internal injuries
If you’ve been injured in a Manhattan Beach electric scooter accident or electric bike accident, contact the Manhattan Beach personal injury attorneys at Dinsmore & Sullivan before you try to settle with an insurance company. We are dedicated to protecting your interests and getting you the full compensation you deserve for the injuries, missing wages, and other losses caused by the negligent acts of another.
Causes of Electric Bike and Scooter Accidents
In Manhattan Beach, electric scooter accidents and electric bike accidents happen for many reasons. The rider, another rider, a motorist and a pedestrian can all be injured in e-scooter or e-bike accidents. Some of the factors that can contribute to an e-bike or electric scooter accident in Manhattan Beach:
- Excessive Speed (In California, e-scooters are prohibited from travelling over 15 mph, regardless of the posted speed limit.)
- Rider inexperience
- Impaired riding (California law prohibits riders from operating an e-bike or e-scooter while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.)
- Distracted driving
- Failure to signal
- Failure to obey posted traffic signs and lights
- Riding on the shoulder
- Riding where they’re not supposed to (California law prohibits e-scooter riders from driving on the sidewalk; it also prohibits both e-scooters and e-bikes from being ridden on the highways or freeways.)
- Road hazards
- Defective parts
- Improper maintenance (Many companies allow riders to rent a scooter or bike using an app they can download to their phones. If it can be demonstrated that an accident was caused due to improper maintenance, the company that owns the scooter or bike may share some of the liability in the accident.)
What Damages Can I Recover?
If you were injured in an accident caused by a negligent motorist, negligent electric bike rider, negligent scooter rider, or a defective scooter or electric bike, California law gives you the right to seek compensation for the losses caused by your injuries, including:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Emergency medical care
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
Don’t delay in filing your claim. The State of California has strict statutes of limitation law when it comes to filing a personal injury claim for a California electric bike or scooter accident. If you wait too long, the courts may refuse to hear your case.
Manhattan Beach Electric Bike Accident and Electric Scooter Accident Injury Attorneys
Dinsmore & Sandelmann are experienced Manhattan Beach personal injury attorneys who have helped clients in Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Redondo Beach, Hawthorne, Gardena, Hermosa Beach, Torrance, and other Southbay and South LA communities who have been injured in a wide range of accidents, including Manhattan Beach electric bike and scooter injury accidents.
We are skilled accident investigators who will uncover the evidence that proves how the other side was at fault in your accident, how your injuries were caused by the accident, and how much your injuries will cost you — today and in the future. We will aggressively negotiate with the other side’s insurance company to ensure you receive the total compensation you deserve for your injuries. If we are unable to negotiate a satisfactory settlement with the insurance, we will take your case to court (which most insurance companies don’t want us to do).
If you have been injured in a Manhattan Beach electric scooter accident that was caused due to the negligence of another, reach out to the law offices of Manhattan Beach electric bike accident lawyers Dinsmore & Sandelmann. Contact us online at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our offices at (310) 318-1220 to schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation to discuss your claim. We handle Manhattan Beach scooter and e-bike injury accident cases on a contingency basis, which means there are no up-front costs for our representation, and we only charge a fee after we secured your settlement or verdict at trial.