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Increase in Electric Scooters in Dallas Could Mean More Injuries

April 29th, 2019 by Guajardo & Marks, LLP

As we see more electric rental scooters zipping around Dallas, there also are some scary headlines about the serious accidents that happen with these motorized vehicles.

One story that made headlines was when a woman was riding an electric scooter and lost control over the trolley tracks in Uptown. She went to the hospital with two black eyes last summer. And just two months after that, a man lost his life when he fell off a scooter in Old East Dallas.

Meanwhile, around the nation, ER doctors have pointed out an increase in the number of serious accidents that accompany the rise in use of motorized scooters. So, as more people stop renting bikes to get around and opt for electric scooters, how worried should people be in Dallas?

As of July 2018, there had only been four motorized scooter accidents reported in Dallas. Meanwhile, there were 42 bicycle accidents and 5,308 car accidents in the same period.

However, it should be remembered that not everyone who gets in an electric scooter accident is going to go to the ER or call 911. To get a clearer picture about how many accidents there have been with scooters, The Dallas Morning News checked with Parkland Memorial Hospital. That medical facility identified 37 emergency complaints so far in 2019 where staff members said scooters were involved. All but four of those ER trips happened since July 2018.

Another ER in the Dallas area that has been monitoring scooter injuries is Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. It found six complaints related to motorized scooters from January to September 2018.

Types of Electric Scooter Accidents

In some of these accidents, the scooter operator is inexperienced and simply loses control and crashes. In this type of accident, there generally is no possibility of a personal injury claim as the operator was at fault. In some circumstances, it is possible that a product liability lawsuit could be a factor if it can be shown that the manufacturer or company that rented the scooter did not provide sufficient warnings and/or instructions about how to use the scooter safely.

Other accidents with electric scooters may involve cars. If a car driver does not yield to you in a crosswalk when you are riding a scooter, you could be entitled to serious compensation for your injuries. In most of these types of crashes, the scooter rider has serious injuries, such as broken bones, head trauma, internal injuries and major cuts and scrapes. In this situation, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

Contact a Dallas Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you have been injured in an electric scooter crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Please contact Dallas personal injury lawyers Guajardo & Marks for a free legal consultation to determine whether you have a solid case. The consultation is at no charge, so you have nothing to lose.