Los Angeles Motor Scooter Accident Attorney
Compass Law Group, LLP is a personal injury law firm well-known throughout California for our superb ratings, outstanding history of successful settlements, and the compassion of our attorneys. We are also known for being at the cutting-edge of legal representation. Therefore, as soon as Bird/Lime rental motor scooters appeared on the scene, we became leaders in motor scooter accident law.
Unfortunately, though not unexpectedly, the more popular rented motor scooters have become, the more frequently they have been involved in traffic accidents, accidents that bring serious injuries and, inevitably, lawsuits, as victims of someone else’s negligence seek compensation.
If you have been seriously injured in a Bird or Lime motor scooter accident in California due to the fault of another, contacting Compass Law Group will stand you in good stead. From our six offices throughout the state, we provide our clients with optimal service. In keeping with our policy of serving a diverse population, our personal injury attorneys speak several languages, including Spanish and Farsi.
We are fully committed to seeing that you receive the substantial compensation you need to secure your future, and will we fight aggressively to win your case. We have a track record of winning millions of dollars in negotiated settlements and courtroom verdicts and have earned the respect of our peers as superior accident attorneys as evidenced by our 10.0 rating from Avvo, and our listings as among The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Aware of how difficult your situation is, we will charge you no attorneys’ fees until we win you the damages you deserve.
Motor scooters, despite claims to the contrary, can be dangerous forms of transportation. Though playful in concept and appearance, they travel on roads with vehicles that outweigh them by tons and offer their riders no metal cage of protection. In addition, Bird or Lime riders are not required to have any special training. Because motor scooters, unlike bicycles, are motorized and can accelerate rapidly, and because they are small and much less visible than larger vehicles, they are at much greater risk of surprising, and/or being unseen by, motorists.
Motor Scooter Laws in California
In California, motor scooters are not permitted to ride on sidewalks and are only allowed to ride on streets posted with speed limits of 25 mph or lower, unless a local law states otherwise.
Interestingly, Lime and Bird have established their own rules of use, requiring that riders be at least 18 years old, not allow passengers, and have a valid driver’s license. Inexplicably, California recently relaxed its helmet laws, though Bird’s website encourages the use of helmets while riding.
There are several ways in which a motor scooter rider can be injured. Although some are not anyone’s fault — such as falls due to the rider’s own imbalance or distraction — many are due to someone else’s negligence, such as:
- Being hit by a car driven by an impaired or distracted driver
- Being hit by a driver who is speeding or driving recklessly
- Being hit by a driver who makes an illegal turn or goes through a traffic signal
- Falling off a motor scooter due to potholes or other poor road maintenance
- Falling or having a collision due to a manufacturing defect in the motor scooter
Depending on the particular circumstances, Compass Law Group’s skilled motor scooter accident attorneys may be able to file a viable lawsuit against another driver, the city or county responsible for road maintenance, or against the rental company (Bird or Lime).
How Our Attorney Prove Your Case
Our motor scooter accident attorneys have extensive experience dealing with all kinds of accidents and know how important it is to be efficient in order to be effective. As soon as you become our client, we will:
- Investigate and photograph the accident site
- Examine police reports and evidence
- Interview witnesses
- Examine medical data
- Consult with any necessary experts
Once we have pored over all the information relevant to your case, we will create a legal strategy based on our in-depth knowledge of the law and the likely arguments of the opposing attorneys.
Knowing from experience how challenging your situation is, we will work tirelessly to win you the compensation you need and deserve. Whatever kind of injury you have suffered — whether a broken bone or a traumatic brain injury — you are undoubtedly in physical and emotional pain, most often worsened by financial worries. We will, therefore, fight aggressively to see to it that you receive damages for your:
Medical and rehabilitative costs
Lost income due to incapacity
Pain and suffering
Loss of function or permanent disability
Loss of enjoyment of life
We take the firm position that your injury was caused by someone else, that person (or entity) must be held accountable.
What if you are partially to blame for the accident?
Let’s face it, in many motor scooter accidents blame is shared by at least two parties. If you were traveling too quickly, failed to signal a turn, or sped through a stop sign, you bear some responsibility for your injury. Fortunately for you, California now adheres to a principle of pure comparative fault, meaning that you can recover damages even if you bear some of the blame.
According to the comparative fault principle, however, the percentage of your fault, as determined by the court, will be deducted from your settlement. So, if you are found to be 20 percent at fault and you have been awarded $100,000 in damages, you will receive $80,000. Though such laws differ from state to state, in California, the comparative negligence principle is “pure,” meaning that you can receive damages even if you bear the bulk of the fault.
Our motor scooter accident attorneys are here to help. We know you need time to rest and recover from your trauma. Once we take your case, you will be relieved of the complex legal and insurance matters involved in personal injury lawsuits. The sooner you contact us, the sooner you can begin to relax and recover.
This list isn’t all-inclusive many personal injury suits have been raised based on different factors that aren’t included above. Our team of Los Angeles car accident attorneys can work on cases without anything out of pocket.
We’re old enough to have the necessary experience, yet young enough to use the most cutting-edge technology and tactics, and are determined enough to fight and outsmart the other side, every time.