Torrance E-Scooter Accident Attorney
Electric scooters are popular transportation options in Los Angeles County. But any laws regarding liability for these scooters are rather unclear — which is a concern because if these vehicle operators cause Torrance accidents, the injuries could be quite severe. As a result, if you were in an e-scooter injury, an aggressive Torrance e-scooter accident lawyer is highly recommended.
At the Soofer Law Group, we collect evidence on your behalf and research the ever-changing law. So, we are well-positioned to fight for the compensation you deserve. Many times, our clients receive out-of-court settlements, so they need not go to trial.
Why Choose a Torrance E-Scooter Accident Lawyer?
- Soofer Law Group never gives anything less than the most aggressive and compassionate legal representation for every single client.
- Our legal staff and e-scooter accident attorneys will always fight to protect the best interests and financial well-being of our clients.
- The founding Torrance injury attorney, Ramin Soofer, has devoted his career to helping injured clients receive a favorable financial outcome since 1993.
The Legal Environment
Bird, Jump, Lyft, Lime, and other electric scooter rental companies did not exist a few years ago. So, only a few cities in Los Angeles County have passed ordinances that dictate things like who is qualified to operate electric scooters and where they may operate them.
For the most part, electric bicycle laws also apply to electric scooters — but these laws were passed in the middle of the 20th century, resulting in potentially outdated laws. Furthermore, an electric bicycle is much different from an electric scooter, with varying size, speed, and safety requirements.
What Causes E-Scooter Accidents?
Driver error or product defects cause most of the vehicle collisions in California. These two factors are especially common in electric scooter collisions.
Many people are confident they know how to ride an E-scooter due to its presumed simplicity, but the reality is often far from that. Despite E-scooters looking similar to regular scooters, the difference in weight, speed, and balance can make driving them considerably more difficult. Additionally, many people do not expect E-scooters to be as fast as they actually are, and are often overwhelmed by the speed initially. This can result in collisions.
Furthermore, e-scooters have many different sensitive components. Users have reported issues with E-scooters in recent years, complaining of motors that die inexplicably, batteries draining incredibly fast, and even brake systems completely failing on them while in mid-ride.
Damages in vehicle collision matters usually include compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. Additional punitive damages may be available as well, in some extreme cases.
Who is Responsible for E-Scooter Accidents?
In both operator error and defective product-related accidents, the scooter company may be legally responsible for damages.
If the operator was underage, not eligible for a license, impaired, or in some other way incompetent, something called a negligent entrustment rule may apply. Owners may be liable for damages if they allow an incompetent driver to operate their vehicles.
This liability may attach even if the driver signed a liability waiver. Many times, courts consider these waivers to be take-it-or-leave-it contracts of adhesion. These “agreements” may be void in civil court.
Product makers are usually strictly liable for any resulting damages. So, even if a different company which the scooter or part in question, the manufacturer may be responsible for damages regardless of fault or negligence.
Hire A Torrance E-Scooter Accident Attorney Today
When e-scooters collide with pedestrians, pedestrians often sustain serious injuries. For a free consultation with an experienced Torrance e-scooter accident lawyer, contact the Soofer Law Group. We do not charge upfront legal fees in injury cases. Call us today at (310) 478-5090.