Representing scooter drivers injured by acts of negligence
Ward & Ward Law Firm leads the way in resolving scooter accident claims
In the spring of 2018, start-up companies dropped hundreds of electric scooters, also known as electronic or docklessridesharee-scooters, at locations in and near Indianapolis' central business district. The city was initially met with resistance when the start-ups were asked to pull their scooters off the streets after motorists and policy-makers were blindsided by a barrage of scooters on the roads and sidewalks. Soon thereafter, scooter companies relented—removing all scooters parked on or around the sidewalks of Indianapolis. Meanwhile, in an effort to encourage additional non-fossil fuel modal entrepreneurs, city lawmakers developed a plan for the legal operation of scooters in Indianapolis, the Crossroads of America. Hoping to ease the anxieties of drivers and pedestrians and provide a legal framework for scooter operators, upon reinstatement vulnerable scooter drivers were exiled to the congested streets of Indianapolis where a vehicle weighing approximately 28 pounds and capable of maxing out at speeds between 15 – 20 mph competes for lane space against a 2-ton car, box truck or semi tractor-trailer traveling 30-45 plus mph.
Do not blindly agree to the scooter provider’s terms and conditions unless you understand the local ordinances to be in agreement with the contract you are asked to approve. If you are unsure of the municipality’s laws, contact an experienced scooter accident lawyer Indianapolis, IN trusts. Why?
In December 2018, a young Florida woman was critically injured after she approved the required terms and conditions provided in the dockless scooter’s app. However, the terms and conditions incorrectly instructed drivers not to drive on the sidewalks; this was in direct conflict with Ft Lauderdale’s local ordinance mandating scooter use only on sidewalks. Note: As of this writing, the case against the high-profile scooter company is currently pending in Broward County (Jordan v. Neutron Holdings d/b/a Lime et al). Information will be updated when the resolution of the case is made public.
The most common defense by a motor vehicle driver in a claim for injuries is their inability to see the scooter or cyclist. Unlike large motor vehicles, scooters occupy a small footprint. Although it is the responsibility of other vehicles to yield to scooters, it would be wise to wear bright clothing and gear while operating a scooter. If you have been injured by a negligent driver, cyclist, pedestrian or another scooter operator, an experienced personal injury and scooter accident lawyer Indianapolis, IN looks to can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Although dockless scooter providers recommend wearing a helmet, and in fact may offer free helmets to users, Indiana law does not require scooter operators, cycling enthusiasts or motorcyclists to wear protective headgear. Be aware that scooter injuries and deaths are more common than you may realize and that life-threatening head and bodily injuries may result from an accident, even at slow speeds. Your experienced personal injury and scooter accident lawyer understands how to overcome jury bias in your claim for injuries or wrongful death.
It is estimated that rear-ending accounts for 29% of all vehicle accidents in the United States. Speeds above and beyond the posted limits bear much of the responsibility for rear-end collisions. If you have been injured by a vehicle traveling over and above the legal speed limit, get this information on the record by reporting this to the investigating officer at the scene of the accident. Then call an experienced scooter accident lawyer to discuss your claim in detail.
It is unlawful for cyclists and motor vehicle operators to drive while under the influence. If you have been injured, an experienced scooter accident lawyer Indianapolis, IN respects, will thoroughly investigate, interview witnesses and look at the negligent party’s prior record for a pattern of driving while intoxicated or under the influence of both legal and illegal substances.
Distracted driving is a major factor in traffic deaths. Each day, as many as nine people die in traffic accidents caused by such diversions as cell phone use, smartwatch distractions, passenger commotions, eating and applying makeup. Although it is unlawful in the state of Indiana for an officer to ask a reckless driver for his or her phone, both phone and social media records of the party responsible may be subpoened during the discovery process. Additionally, witnesses to the accident may candidly come forward with you, the interviewing officer or your scooter accident lawyer to state what was obvious at the time.
Smart steps for scooterists to take in a hit and run accident
Hit and run accidents happen all too frequently. If you were injured in an accident caused by the negligence of a motorist, cyclist, or another scooter operator, here’s a list of actions to take:
Identify the color, make and model of the vehicle responsible for your injuries;
Get a description of the driver if possible;
Note the time and exact location of the accident;
Obtain witness contact information but do not discuss fault;
Seek immediate medical treatment. Waiting to visit a doctor or emergency room can and will devalue your claim for injuries;
Contact an experienced personal injury and scooter accident lawyer.
Contact a personal injury scooter accident lawyer Indianapolis, IN trusts
Communities nationwide have rushed to adopt broad guidelines making way for alternative modes of transportation. Although dedicated bicycle lanes would be the preferred alternative to congested city streets, Marion County and other Hoosier communities lack the miles of bike lanes needed to safely accommodate scooter enthusiasts. If you have been injured, contact the scooter accident lawyer Indianapolis, IN looks to for competent representation. Call Charlie Ward today at 317-639-9501 or 888-639-9501.