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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 the Denver electric scooter accident lawyers at Front Range Injury Attorneys for a free case review.

Our experienced Denver personal injury lawyers pursue drivers who injure victims of 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. Denver area emergency rooms indicate electric scooter accidents result in injuries every day.

Electric scooter accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries resulting in significant medical bills, lost wages and other damages. Clients choose Front Range Injury Attorneys to help them get compensation for our expertise and experience dealing with scooter accident injuries.

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    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 Denver 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.

    No Fee Unless You Win

    Our law firm represents clients on a contingency fee basis. That means you don't pay us until we recover on your case.

    Expertise with your scooter accident injuries

    Our scooter accident lawyers understand your injuries and how to tell your story to the insurance company or a jury.

    Client communication is key

    We maintain communication with you through your case. We want you to know what's going on with your case and the work we're doing for you.

    How our lawyers 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.

    Electric Scooter in Denver

    Are e-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. There are more than 2000 Lime and Bird scooters in Denver alone.

    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 traumatic brain injuries
    • Spinal cord injuries to the neck and back
    • Fractures and broken bones
    • Lacerations, road rash and disfigurement
    • Facial injuries
    • Amputation
    • 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.

    Negligence in e-scooter accidents

    Most personal injury cases involving e-scooter accidents pursue legal negligence claims. Negligence under Colorado personal injury law involves specific elements you and your attorney must prove to obtain compensation. The elements of a negligence claim include:

    • Defendant owed the victim a duty of care
    • Defendant breached that duty
    • The breach caused the victim harm
    • The harm resulted in legal damages
    In a negligence claim related to an electric scooter accident, the duty owed by the defendant is to act as a reasonable person under similar circumstances. Your attorney may rely upon prior court decisions, the Colorado traffic code and local traffic ordinances to explain the duty of care owed to you.
     
    If your case goes to trial, your Denver scooter accident lawyer must prove each element of a negligence claim to recover compensation. A jury may only award you damages to the extent the evidence shows how the defendant’s breach of a duty of care caused you damages. Your lawyer must also prove the extent of damages you can legally recover. The defendant may challenge the evidence or present legal defenses like comparative negligence that claim you are partially at fault for your injuries.

    What damages can your lawyer help 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 for compensation. 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 most personal injury claims under Colorado tort law, you can recover economic and non-economic damages. 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.

    Economic damages

    Economic damages include actual monetarily losses you suffer due to your injuries. These include medical bills, lost wages, out of pocket medical expenses and loss of earning potential. Economic damages rely upon evidence like bills and paychecks to determine the amount of monetary losses. 

    Non-economic damages

    Non-economic damages are damages you experience due to your injuries that are not financial in nature. These include pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish and emotional distress. Non-economic damages are not financial losses but you can recover the financial value of that harm. 

    Punitive damages

    Punitive damages are additional damages a court may award when your electric scooter accident resulted from gross negligence by the negligent party. These damages, also called exemplary damages, can add significant value to your case. Courts award punitive damages to punish a particularly reckless defendant and to deter future similar e-scooter accidents. Your attorney will evaluate whether punitive damages may be available in your case. 

    scooter accidents in Denver on a photo of a park in downtown Denver, Colorado

    Scooter accidents in Denver, Colorado

    Although there are no official statistics on the number of electric scooter accidents in Denver, Colorado, reports from local emergency rooms indicate they occur daily. Although Denver authorized rideshare scooters through companies like Lime and Bird, the city government does not maintain statistics on how these vehicles result in injuries. Informal reports from the Denver Police Department indicates several scooter accidents per month. Denver Health states their emergency room sees 2.5 scooter accident injury victims daily. Scooter accidents in Denver result in serious injuries including strokes and fatalities.

    Although Denver has made efforts to clarify electric scooter laws, electric scooter accidents continue particularly in downtown and around major attractions like Mile High Stadium, Denver Art Museum, Denver Zoo and the Denver Botanic Gardens. Due to rarely causing damage to cars, hit and run accidents are common with e-scooters. Electric scooters are common around Denver’s attractions where they provide “last mile transportation” for people hopping around the city’s attractions. They are also common in downtown Denver and surrounding areas like Five Points, RiNo, Capitol Hill and City Park West. Our Denver scooter accident lawyers can help you recover compensation for injuries no matter where in Denver or surrounding areas in Colorado your collision occurred.

    Contact our Denver law firm today

    Our personal injury lawyers advocate for clients injured in scooter accidents in Denver and other parts of Colorado. Our Denver scooter accident lawyers are experienced advocates for victims of negligence leading to e-scooter injuries. Our lawyers help clients obtain necessary medical care to return back to their lives and seek maximum compensation. Contact our Denver, Colorado law firm today to schedule your free case review and find out how we can help you get what you deserve.

    Frequently asked questions

    Colorado law defines an electric scooter as a specific kind of vehicle different from non-motorized two-wheel vehicles and larger mopeds with more motorized power. In 2019 the state passed laws defining low power motorized scooters as specific class of vehicle with its own registration requirements and specific rules for traveling on streets, bike lanes and sidewalks. 

    In Colorado, you can ride an electric scooter on most roadways, including bike lanes, but generally not on sidewalks. Traffic collisions involving e-scooters can occur on any type of transportation path in the state. 

    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. Your electric scooter lawyer can help you recover damages for your injuries even if the scooter does not belong to you. 

    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.

    Denver is full of great places to ride electric scooters, which increases the likelihood of more e-scooter accidents in the city's future.

    Scooter accidents follow the same personal injury law as accidents involving other vehicles. Under Colorado tort law, a person or party is liable for your damages when their negligence or intentional acts cause your injuries or losses. Most personal injury cases involve negligence rather than intentional acts. 

    Negligence is a legal term with specific meaning. To be negligent a person must owe a duty of care to you and breach that duty. That breach must be the cause of your injuries. Your electric scooter accident lawyer must prove not just that another person caused you injury, but that they breached a duty of care owed to you. The duties of care for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can come from traffic laws or judicial opinions. If you are involved in a scooter accident in Denver, you should talk to our electric scooter accident lawyers about your legal rights to recover.

    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:

    1. severity of injuries
    2. cost of past and future medical bills
    3. whether you have permanent injuries

    Although Denver 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.

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