13 Aug Can I Sue for a Dockless Scooter Accident in Sacramento?
Unlike other major cities around the country where hundreds of dockless scooters have invaded the streets over the past year, Sacramento is late to the game with JUMP scooters—a division of Uber—introducing 100 scooters to the downtown area in February 2019.
Similar to Bird and Lime, JUMP provides a convenient and more efficient mode of transport for pedestrians. However, scooters can travel at high speeds and injuries can easily occur. As a rider, there are certain safety precautions you must take to prevent injury but, if you get injured because of someone else’s negligence, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.
A Sacramento dockless scooter accident lawyer from Crowell Law Offices can help determine whether you have a case.
Dockless Scooter Laws in Sacramento
Sacramento’s laws for dockless scooter riding are comparable to laws in other urban cities. Riders must be at least eighteen years old, and only one rider can ride each scooter at a time. Riders can’t operate scooters on sidewalks and must stay in bike lanes or roadways with speed limits of less than twenty-five miles per hour.
Unlike other cities, Sacramento enforces the parking of scooters. Riders must park scooters at bike or scooter racks. The city has the right to fine the scooter company $27.50 per improperly parked scooter. JUMP is working on ways to transfer a portion of this fine to riders.
It’s important to note that state law doesn’t require riders to wear helmets when riding dockless scooters.
How Dockless Scooter Injuries Occur
Dockless scooter injuries can occur for many reasons, especially in Sacramento where both riders and vehicle drivers are just acclimating to these machines on the street. Although a scooter rider may cause their own injuries, there are also circumstances when a vehicle driver’s negligence results in a scooter injury. Scooter malfunctions can also cause injuries.
If you were injured while riding a dockless scooter in Sacramento and you believe someone else’s negligence played a role in your accident, you may file a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party.
If a driver caused your wreck, you’ll need evidence proving the driver’s negligence, such as video footage or witness testimonies. If your scooter malfunctioned, you may need to have the scooter examined for proof. An experienced attorney can help you support your claim in court and win a settlement.
Consult a Sacramento Dockless Scooter Accident Attorney
Although dockless scooter accidents are a new division of personal injury litigation, they still deserve equal representation under the law. Any time negligence results in injury, you can hold the liable party accountable.
Our attorneys at Crowell Law Offices have experience handling injury cases of all types, and we strive to help injured victims receive settlements that will aid quick recoveries. If you want to discuss your case with a Sacramento dockless scooter accident lawyer, call 916-303-2800 or fill out the contact form below to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.