The use of personal electric scooters continues to become a growing problem in Denver and the rest of the United States. These small vehicles are quickly becoming a nuisance on the roads, sidewalks, and elsewhere in our major cities. Many operators of these scooters fail to follow the rules of the road.
In August of 2019, the Denver City Council voted to prohibit the use of electric scooters on sidewalks, requiring them instead to take to the streets or bike lanes and follow the rules of the rest of traffic. The problem: they often do not. Many of the users of these scooters are tourists who do not know or care that they are required to follow these same rules. They often zip in between busy traffic, blow through lights, and cut off vehicles with little consideration for the danger they pose to themselves or others.
Dangers of Electric Scooters
These electric scooters are easy to use, cheap, and everywhere. Because of their prevalence, they can be seen zipping all over the place, both on the streets and on the sidewalks. Riders of these scooters often zip in and out of traffic, cutting drivers off, while risking their own health and the safety of drivers of cars. Nearly all of these riders do not wear a helmet, meaning that even a relatively minor accident can turn serious or even deadly.
It can also be difficult to put together exactly what happened after an electric scooter accident. In many cases, the electric scooter rider zips in front of a motor vehicle driver and is hit from behind. Most "rear end" accidents are considered the fault of the driver who hit from behind, but when you were cut off by a scooter failing to follow the rules of the road, you should not be held responsible.
With the help of an experienced personal injury attorney in Denver, you can make sure your rights are protected, and that any injuries caused to you by an electric scooter rider are fairly compensated.
The Opposite Situation: Injured While On an Electric Scooter
It is of course very possible to be a rider on an electric scooter following every rule, and a driver of a car is negligent, causing you harm. When this is the case, it is easy to suffer incredibly serious injuries because you are unprotected by a vehicle, airbags, or seat belts. If you were injured because of the negligent actions of another driver, you are entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit and receive financial compensation for the injuries you suffered.
If a loved one was killed while riding an electric scooter, specified family members may bring a wrongful death action to collect for money damages related to the loss of that loved one.
Consult an Experienced Denver Personal Injury Attorney
As the injured victim, you deserve compensation for your injuries. Contact the experienced personal injuries at accidentdenver.com to fight for your rights and get the financial compensation you deserve.