Denver Scooter Accident Lawyers
If you suffered injuries due to an electric scooter accident, you may have a case to recover medical bills, lost wages and other compensation. Contact Front Range Injury Attorneys for a free case review.
Our Denver personal injury lawyers have experience pursuing drivers causing e-scooter accidents across Colorado. Electric scooters are growing in popularity with an estimated 2,000 scooters from rideshare companies like Bird and Lime in Denver alone. Electric scooter accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries resulting in significant medical bills. Clients choose Front Range Injury Attorneys to help them get compensation for our expertise and experience dealing with scooter accident injuries.
Why Choose Front Range Injury Attorneys?
At Front Range Injury Attorneys we care about helping our clients throughout their cases. We believe clients are best served when our personal injury attorneys participate in their cases from start to finish. We help our clients get the best treatment for their injuries. By building up your case from the beginning, we build a strong case to get the best results.
How we can help you
Watch this video to see managing attorney Adam Kielich discuss e-scooter accidents and how our law firm can help you recover for your losses.
Contact our office to discuss your Colorado electric scooter accident case. We offer free case reviews for injury and accident cases across the state.
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Denver, Colorado Electric Scooter Laws
Denver, like many other cities in Colorado, regulates e-scooter use on roads and sidewalks. Improperly operated or operated in unsafe conditions often lead to dangerous accidents. Most electric scooters in Denver are low power scooters. These include scooters with:
- Three or fewer wheels
- Engine or electric motor (rather than propelled by the rider)
- No manual clutch
- Powered by less than 4476 watts or a 50cc engine
This includes most rideshare scooters like Bird and Lyft scooters.
Colorado electric scooter laws regulate the place and manner in which you can ride an e-scooter. Cities like Denver also passed municipal ordinances specifying scooter use. Scooter laws limit where you can ride an e-scooter and require following the rules of the road when riding on a roadway.
Whether a scooter accident occurred in a place the rider had legal right to ride and whether the rider operated within the rules of the road are often issues in a scooter accident case. You need a Denver scooter accident lawyer who knows how to fight for your case.
Are electric scooters dangerous?
Scooter accidents are increasingly common in Colorado as they gain popularity. The more e-scooters on the road, the more Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and other cities in our state will see people seriously hurt. Electric scooters are not inherently dangerous but unsafe operation or operation in unsafe conditions can make them dangerous.
Many people do not know the laws and ordinances involving electric scooters. This can lead to scooter accidents because riders do not operate them within the rules of the road. It also causes injuries due to automobile drivers driving negligently. Electric scooters, especially Lime and Bird scooters, can travel as much as 15 mph, which is fast enough to cause serious injuries in an accident.
Additionally, many car and truck drivers do not pay attention to small vehicles like scooters and bikes. A scooter rider with the right of way may get struck by a driver who did not see you. For many drivers, a scooter rider is invisible.
Colorado law does not require adult riders to wear helmets or other safety gear. That leads to severe head trauma and brain injuries in e-scooter accidents.
Common injuries in Colorado scooter accidents
Electric scooter accidents can lead to severe injuries. These injuries are similar to other individual vehicles like bicycles and skateboards. Unlike bicycles, riders often do not wear helmets, leading to more serious injuries. Common injuries in Colorado include:
- Head injuries and brain trauma
- Spinal cord injuries to the neck and back
- Fractures and broken bones
- Lacerations, road rash and disfigurement
- Facial injuries
- Serious injuries to major joints such as knees, wrists and elbows
Colorado scooter accident injuries can be unpredictable. Riders may suffer injuries from collisions with a vehicle, falling on the road, bracing for impact and ejection off the scooter. There may be several points of impact causing injury to the rider. The lack of safety equipment makes injuries more likely in a crash. According to a recent study, ore than 30% of scooter accident injuries involve traumatic brain injuries. 25% of scooter accident injuries required surgery. These are not minor accidents.
What damages can you recover in a scooter accident lawsuit?
If you suffered injuries on an electric scooter due to another person’s negligence or a faulty e-scooter, you can pursue an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. Several parties may share responsibility for causing your injuries. An experienced scooter accident lawyer can evaluate your case and hold all responsible parties accountable.
In an insurance claim or lawsuit, you can obtain damages for the losses you suffered. These include past and future medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering and disfigurement. Your personal injury lawyer will evaluate your damages and fight for maximum compensation.
Contact our law firm today
Our personal injury lawyers advocate for clients injured in scooter accidents in Denver and other parts of Colorado. We help our clients get the medical care they need and the compensation they deserve. Contact our law firm today to schedule your free case review.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, if the injures resulted from the negligence of somebody other than the scooter rider. Sometimes people mistakenly believe renting an electric scooter from Lime or Bird means accepting whatever happens while riding. That is incorrect. Renting an e-scooter is like riding in a rideshare car or renting a car. Just because you don't own the vehicle doesn't mean you cannot hold other people accountable for their negligence.
According to a 2020 study, the number of scooter accidents in the US more than tripled over the course of four years. There were 4,582 in 2014 and 14,651 in 2018.
Another study found the likelihood of a scooter accident is more likely than a car accident both per-mile traveled and per-trip. Per-mile traveled the likelihood of injury from a scooter accident is between 175 and 200 times the likelihood in a car.
Like other personal injury cases, the value of your case depends on several factors. The three most important factors to determine your case value include:
- severity of injuries
- cost of past and future medical bills
- whether you have permanent injuries
Although scooter accident cases can be large cases with catastrophic injuries, many people fortunately will avoid serious injuries. Contact our office for a free case review and we can discuss the particular facts of your case.