Scooter Accidents in Nevada
Scooters are a great way to get around a city and see the sights without the hassle of renting a car and dealing with traffic. However, drivers do not always keep an eye out for scooters which can lead to serious accidents and catastrophic injuries. These accidents are complicated especially for those visiting from out-of-state. Keep reading to find out more about scooter accidents in Nevada.
Understanding Scooter Accidents
A scooter accident can happen any number of ways. These accidents can be similar to bicycle and motorcycle accidents where drivers simply do not see scooter riders.
And just like bicycle and motorcycle accidents, people riding scooters often have little ability to protect themselves against injurie caused by a vehicle collision. As a result, these accidents can be deadly.
For every 100,000 scooter trips at least 20 will end up with an injury. Half of all scooter accidents result in severe injury requiring intensive medical care. Many accidents are the result of drunk or distracted driving. At least half of all accidents involving a scooter or pedestrian were due to a driver with a Blood Alcohol Content above the legal limit. Additionally, speeding, and reckless driving also contribute to a significant portion of scooter accidents.
Unfortunately, urban areas are risky for riders and speeds above 25 mph can still pose a danger to scooter riders.
Scooter Accidents for Out-of-State Visitors
Nevada cities are thriving, and tourism contribute to the state’s economy. Since scooters first became popular, stations have cropped up in cities across the state and have been a great affordable way for tourists to see the city. However, for those visiting out-of-state, holding the negligent party responsible may be a challenge without the experience of local counsel.
After an Accident
If you are in a scooter accident, call for emergency services first. Collecting evidence is important, but you must seek medical attention as the adrenaline rushing through your body at the time of an accident could mask your injuries. If you are in an accident, it is important that you gather as much evidence as possible. While waiting for emergency services, you should take stock of the area around the accident and make note of any hazards or evidence that the driver was speeding, driving under the influence, etc. Pictures can be compelling evidence, but you can still have a strong case without them.
If there are witnesses to the accident, law enforcement may sometimes take their statements, but the injured party may seek them out independently as well since law enforcement does not always interview all witnesses at an accident site. It is vital that victims keep a thorough record of everything that occurred before, during, and after the accident, as well as the name and phone numbers of all witnesses to the accident.
Finally, anyone injured while riding a scooter should seek out qualified legal professionals to assist with their injury claim. When choosing an attorney, it is important that injured riders select a lawyer who is experienced in handling scooter accidents where you were injured.
Legal Counsel You Can Count On
Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. has helped countless injured parties pursue the compensation they deserve. Our award-winning legal team has the knowledge and experience you need to build a compelling case and hold the negligent party responsible.
If you or a loved one has been in a scooter accident in Nevada, contact Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. today.