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Who’s Liable in an Electric Scooter Accident in Florida?

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2021 | Auto Accident

If you have been involved in an electric scooter accident in Orlando, Tampa, Lakeland, or Winter Haven, do not hesitate to speak with an attorney. At The Turnbull Firm, our auto accident attorney is committed to providing you with the best legal representation to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Personal injury cases involving electric scooters, also known as e-scooters, are becoming more common in the Sunshine State. Electric scooters have become a common sight on roadways and streets.

Many people use e-scooters to commute to and from work as an alternative to public transportation such as buses and trains. While electric scooters are a fun, effective, and affordable way to get around the city and commute, riding e-scooters can be dangerous.

When an electric scooter accident occurs, it can be difficult to determine liability without the help of an experienced attorney. If you have been injured in an e-scooter accident, contact our Tampa auto accident attorney at The Turnbull Firm to establish fault in your case.

How is liability determined in e-scooter accidents?

Liability in electric scooter accidents depends on the type of the accident:

  • Pedestrian vs. e-scooter. When a pedestrian is struck by an electric scooter, the scooter rider is usually at fault for causing the collision. The only exception is when the pedestrian intentionally causes the accident.
  • Car vs. e-scooter. When an electric scooter accident involves a car, determining liability is more complicated because you will need to investigate who acted negligently and failed to follow traffic rules. In some cases, both parties may be found at fault for the e-scooter collision.
  • E-scooter vs. rental company or scooter manufacturer. When an electric scooter accident is caused by a defect, malfunction, or improper maintenance of the scooter, the rider or another injured party may be able to sue the rental company or scooter manufacturer.
  • E-scooter vs. the city. When an e-scooter accident occurs as a result of poor road conditions, debris, or other hazards due to the city’s negligence, the scooter rider may be able to file a lawsuit against the city.
  • E-scooter vs. a private property owner. When an electric scooter is caused by unmaintained sidewalks, debris, or hazards on private property, the rider may be able to sue the property owner.

In any of these scenarios, it is highly advised to speak with an experienced attorney to help you determine liability and seek maximum compensation for your injury.

Can I receive compensation for my e-scooter accident in Florida?

Seeking compensation for an injury caused by an electric scooter accident may be complicated because of the lack of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage for e-scooter riders.

PIP coverage excludes scooter and moped riders from receiving benefits because state law does not treat them as “motor vehicles.” For this reason, it is imperative to contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to help you identify all available sources of compensation in your unique case.

Contact our Tampa auto accident attorney at The Turnbull Firm to determine liability for your electric scooter accident in Florida and help you receive compensation for your injuries and damages. Call 863-324-3500 for a free, no-obligation consultation.