Bird Scooter Accident Lawsuits
If you suffered serious personal injuries or lost a loved one to a wrongful death while riding a Bird scooter, Lime scooter, or any other type of motorized scooter, you may be able to obtain compensation for your damages.
Pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, and even motor vehicle drivers who have suffered injuries due to the carelessness or negligence of a Bird scooter driver also may be eligible for receiving compensation for their injuries.
The Bird Scooter Lawyer You Choose Can Make All the Difference
As an active member of the bicycle community and as a leading personal injury lawyer, Jim Pocrass is in the forefront of the scooter movement ever since Bird dumped them without warning in Santa Monica and Venice.
To date there have not been any significant lawsuits to test who is going to compensate victims of a Bird scooter collision. It is going to be a legal fight to force insurance companies, Bird scooter and other scooter companies, and even municipalities, to take responsibility for the damages people suffer in scooter accidents.
This means that the Bird scooter lawyer you choose must be at the top of their game and have a record of significant verdicts and settlements. Jim Pocrass is known to take cases that many lawyers turn down and bring them to a successful result.
For a free, no-obligation, confidential consultation, contact Bird scooter accident lawyer Jim Pocrass. If Jim Pocrass takes your Bird scooter accident case, you pay nothing until your case is resolved.
Bird Scooter Accidents Resulting in Injuries to a Scooter Rider
If you are the rider of Bird scooter and suffer serious personal injuries – or if your family member suffered a wrongful death – because of the carelessness or negligence of another, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries.
Since Bird scooters are not permitted to be ridden on sidewalks, it is possible that your injuries were caused by being hit by a motor vehicle or even a bicycle.
Motorized scooters like Bird and Lime have no safety options. They do not have seatbelts or any other restraint. They can lose their charge at any time causing an abrupt stop or you might slam on the brakes to avoid a person, car, or item in the road causing you to go heels-over-head.
Riding at night presents more possibilities for scooter accidents. It may be difficult for motor vehicle drivers to see you, increasing your chances of a collision. In the dark you might not see potholes, “cracks-of-death,” or objects in the street.
The first thing Los Angeles personal injury lawyer Jim Pocrass will do is determine who is liable for your scooter accident. It could be:
- Bird, Lime, or other scooter owner or manufacturer if the cause was due to a malfunctioning or defective scooter.
- The city, county, or other municipality if it’s a dangerous street.
- The driver of a motor vehicle if you were hit by a car, truck, or motorcycle.
- A cyclist if you were hit by a bicycle.
Bird Scooter Accidents Resulting in Injuries to Others
The phones at Pocrass & De Los Reyes are ringing constantly by people who have been hurt because of Bird scooters. Often the cause of their injuries is that someone left a scooter lying on a sidewalk or in driveways or under hedges causing trip and falls.
Pedestrians are reporting that they are being hit by scooters that are being ridden illegally on sidewalks. We even have gotten reports of scooters hitting cars and cyclists. Often the scooter rider takes off resulting in what is effectively a hit-and-run.
If you suffered serious personal injuries – or a family member suffered a wrongful death – contact us for a free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation in which we will explain your legal options.
If You are at Fault for the Bird Scooter Accident
California is a comparative negligence state. That means that you may be responsible for the Bird scooter accident, but another party might share in that responsibility.
Simply put, comparative negligence means that each person who is legally responsible for the damages caused by the accident, is legally responsible in the same proportion that they were responsible for the crash.
Here’s an example, if you are riding a scooter without a helmet and you are hit by a car, the court may determine that you are 10% responsible for your injuries. In this example, that would make the driver of the car 90% responsible. If the court awarded you $100,000 for your injuries, you would be responsible for “paying” $10,000 and the driver of the car would be responsible for $90,000 in compensation to you.
Compensation for Your Injuries
If you suffer serious personal injuries because of scooter accident, you may be able to recover:
- Medical Expenses
- Loss of Wages and Benefits
- Pain and Suffering
- Property Losses
- Funeral Expenses
If you have experienced a hit-and-run by a scooter, you may be able to collect compensation from your own uninsured or underinsured motorist policy. This is why Los Angeles personal injury lawyer Jim Pocrass always counsels people to raise the amount of uninsured-underinsured motorist insurance as high as possible. It is pennies on the dollar and very affordable for most people regardless of their budget constrictions.
If you are in a hit-and-run or if the person who injured you does not have enough insurance, you can file from your own insurance company for uninsured – underinsured motorist coverage to make up the difference. California law says that your insurance company is not permitted to raise your rates if you have to use your uninsured – underinsured motorist insurance.
Scooter Accident Lawsuits Have Time Limits
There are statutes of limitation (deadlines) by which a scooter accident lawsuit must be filed. If you miss the deadline, you give up all rights to ever obtain compensation for your losses.
It is always a good idea to contact a Los Angeles Bird scooter accident lawyer as soon as possible. Jim Pocrass will immediately begin investigating the case. He will gather evidence before it disappears and talk to witnesses while the experience is still fresh in their minds.
If you are injured and cannot afford medical care, Jim Pocrass will be able to assist you in seeing excellent doctors who are willing to treat you on a lien basis. This means you pay nothing until your case is resolved.
A Word about Police Reports
Many people are shocked when they see their police report and it says they were liable for the accident. Don’t worry. Police reports that come to such conclusions are frequently wrong. Often the police officer is making a conclusion without knowing the law or because of biases they themselves have.
Typically police reports are not admissible in court. Though they can be very helpful as a source of such facts as where the accident happened, the weather, and contact information for all parties and witnesses, if the officer did not actually see the accident themselves, then the conclusions are considered hearsay.
A premiere trial lawyer like Jim Pocrass and the other Los Angeles scooter accident lawyers in his office, know how to question officers in a deposition to bring to light law versus bias or inaccurate conclusions.
Contact a Los Angeles Bird Scooter Lawyer
Contact a Los Angeles Bird scooter lawyer as soon as possible for a free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation. Learn about your legal options so that you can make an informed decision.
When Pocrass & De Los Reyes takes your case, you pay nothing until your case is resolved.
In fact, Bird-sponsored California Assembly Bill 2989 is currently sitting in the California Senate. If it passes, the current rules that a scooter rider must wear a helmet and can only ride on streets with speed limits of 25 mph may be changed.
To date, these are the rules to ride an e-scooter:
- Helmets are required.
- Only one person at a time may ride the scooter.
- You must have a valid driver’s license or instructional permit to operate a scooter.
- You must be 18 years old or older to ride.
- No sidewalk riding on the sidewalk.
- Ride with traffic on the street or in a bike lane, if there is one.
- Follow all traffic laws and regulations.
If you are in a motorized scooter collision, contact Jim Pocrass for a free, no-obligation consultation.