What to do immediately after an E-Scooter Accident?
Accidents can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time. When they do, it’s important to know your rights and to have someone on your side who can help you navigate the legal system. That’s where Bengal Law comes in. Our approach to personal injury cases is centered around our commitment to individualized attention and higher value settlements.
In Florida, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles collects data and conducts research in order to provide lawmakers, partners, stakeholders, the media, and citizens with important facts and valuable information related to public safety and motor services. According to the Florida Traffic Crash Facts Annual Report 2020, the statistics presented in this document are subject to change as new and updated crash reports may be received after the closeout date of October 19, 2021.
At Bengal Law, we understand that every case is unique and requires a personalized approach. Our team of experienced attorneys will work closely with you to understand the specifics of your case and to develop a strategy that is tailored to your needs. We are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of service and to achieving the best possible outcome for their case. With Bengal Law on your side, you can rest assured that your case is in good hands.
Statistics on the Use of E-Scooters in Florida
E-scooters have surged in popularity over the past few years, offering a convenient, eco-friendly, and often fun way to navigate the urban landscapes of Florida. According to a recent study, tens of thousands of rides are taken on e-scooters each month across major Florida cities like Miami, Tampa, and Orlando. With increased usage, however, comes an uptick in e-scooter related accidents. While exact numbers can vary, reports indicate that e-scooter injuries have seen a significant rise, doubling or even tripling in some Florida cities over the past year alone.
The demographics of e-scooter users are diverse, encompassing tourists looking for a quick way to explore the city, locals running errands, and professionals commuting to work. The diversity in users contributes to the complexity of accident scenarios, making it even more essential to know what to do should an accident occur.
Common Locations Where Accidents Often Happen
Tourist Areas: High traffic areas like Miami Beach or Downtown Orlando are hotspots for e-scooter accidents. Tourists unfamiliar with the area or local traffic rules contribute to a higher number of incidents here.
Near College Campuses: Universities like the University of Florida in Gainesville or the University of Miami are locations where younger, perhaps less experienced riders, are prevalent, leading to more accidents.
Busy Intersections: Places where roads cross or meet, especially in densely populated areas, are common locations for e-scooter accidents. The mix of vehicular, pedestrian, and e-scooter traffic can lead to confusion and mishaps.
Sidewalks and Pedestrian Zones: Despite regulations, many e-scooter users still ride on sidewalks, leading to collisions with pedestrians.
Public Parks: Places like Central Park in Tampa or Lake Eola Park in Orlando, which attract a large number of people, also see a higher rate of e-scooter accidents.
Near Public Transit Stops: E-scooter riders often use these vehicles to complete the “last mile” of their journey after using public transit, making areas near bus and train stops another common location for accidents.
Knowing where accidents frequently occur can help in avoiding potential danger zones, but the fact remains that e-scooter accidents can happen anywhere. That’s why it’s crucial to understand what to do immediately after an accident occurs, especially in a state like Florida where e-scooter use is widespread. By choosing to work with Bengal Law: Florida Accident Lawyers and Personal Injury Attorneys, you get our decades of experience, individualized attention, and the advantage of our unique background as former insurance adjusters and defense attorneys.
Immediate Steps to Take After an E-Scooter Accident
An e-scooter accident can be a disorienting and stressful experience, making it crucial to have a plan of action. Knowing what to do immediately after an accident not only ensures your safety but also strengthens your potential personal injury case. Here are the essential steps you should take:
Check for Injuries
Assess Yourself and Others Involved
The first and foremost priority after any accident is to check for injuries. Assess yourself quickly for any pain, bleeding, or difficulty in movement. Also, ensure the wellbeing of any pedestrians, cyclists, or motorists involved.
Call 911 if Needed
If anyone is seriously injured, call 911 immediately. Having professional medical assistance on the scene as quickly as possible could be crucial for the health outcomes of all involved parties.
Move to a Safe Area
Ensure You’re Out of the Way of Traffic or Further Harm
If you’re able, move yourself and your e-scooter out of the path of oncoming traffic to a sidewalk or another safe area. Remaining on the road can expose you to further harm and risk additional accidents.
Document the Scene
Take Photos and Collect Witness Information
Once it’s safe to do so, use your smartphone to take photos of the accident scene from multiple angles, capturing the e-scooter, any other vehicles involved, and the general surroundings. If there are witnesses, take down their contact information as well. This can be valuable evidence later.
Why a Police Report Can Be Crucial for Your Case
Always contact the police to report the accident, even if it seems minor. Having an official police report provides a neutral third-party account of the incident, which can be invaluable when you’re seeking compensation.
Seek Medical Attention
Even If You Feel Fine, Some Injuries Manifest Later
It’s vital to seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you feel alright immediately after the accident. Some injuries, like concussions or internal bleeding, might not manifest symptoms right away. Moreover, having a medical record documenting any injuries after the accident can serve as crucial evidence for your case.
Notify the E-Scooter Company
Describe the Process and Why This is Necessary
Contact the e-scooter company to report the accident. Most companies have a hotline or in-app feature for this. Filing an accident report with the e-scooter company is essential for a few reasons:
- It creates an official record of the incident with the company.
- It alerts the company to potentially inspect or remove the e-scooter for safety issues.
- It could be a requirement under the user agreement you accepted when you began using the service.
By taking these steps promptly and diligently, you set the foundation for a strong personal injury claim. At Bengal Law: Florida Accident Lawyers and Personal Injury Attorneys, we use our decades of experience to help guide you through each stage of your case, ensuring you receive the personalized attention you deserve.
The Importance of Legal Assistance
- How can a lawyer help in such cases?
- Our advantage over other firms as former insurance adjusters and insurance defense attorneys.
Why Choose Bengal Law: Florida Accident Lawyers and Personal Injury Attorneys PLLC
When you’ve been involved in an e-scooter accident or any other personal injury case, the attorney you choose can make all the difference. The legal team you work with will be your advocate, guiding you through a complex maze of laws, insurance company practices, and court proceedings. Here’s why Bengal Law should be your first choice when seeking representation:
Decades of Experience
We bring decades of experience in personal injury law to the table. Our attorneys, including Jeff Starker, have over 25 years of experience in handling cases just like yours. Our seasoned perspective allows us to navigate the complexities of personal injury law with expertise, ensuring that you are in capable hands. We’ve settled millions of dollars for our clients and have a thorough understanding of the intricate details that go into maximizing the value of each case.
Our Promise for Prompt and Attentive Communication
In many large billboard firms, clients can feel lost in the shuffle, relegated to speaking only with case managers or junior associates. At Bengal Law, we promise prompt and attentive communication. When you call, you speak directly to an experienced injury attorney who knows the ins and outs of your case. We’re proud to guarantee a level of personal interaction that can’t be matched by larger firms. We believe that excellent communication is not just about keeping you updated but also about listening carefully to your story to understand your unique needs and circumstances.
Individualized Attention to Maximize the Value of Your Case
Personal injury is just that: personal. Every case is unique, and we give each the personalized attention it deserves. We limit the number of cases we take on to ensure that each client gets the time, attention, and skill that they deserve. By focusing on fewer clients, we can devote more resources to investigating your case, negotiating with insurers, and, if necessary, taking your case to court. This approach allows us to target higher value settlements and awards rather than quick, low-value resolutions.
Former Insurance Adjuster & Insurance Defense Attorney: Our background gives us a unique advantage. We know the tricks that insurance companies play because we used to work for them. This insider knowledge informs our legal strategy at every turn.
Low Volume, High-Value Practice: We’re not in the business of rushing through cases to settle as many as possible. Our goal is to maximize the value of your case, which often involves detailed investigation, strong negotiation, and strategic planning.
When you work with Bengal Law: Florida Accident Lawyers and Personal Injury Attorneys PLLC, you’re not just another case number. You’re a valued client deserving of individualized attention and expertise. We’re here to provide it.
What We Offer
Choosing the right personal injury attorney is more than just a matter of credentials and experience. It’s about finding someone who understands your unique circumstances, who listens intently, and who crafts a tailored legal strategy designed to serve your best interests. At Bengal Law: Florida Accident Lawyers and Personal Injury Attorneys PLLC, we offer a comprehensive and individualized approach to each case. Here’s how:
We Listen to Your Story
Importance of Understanding Your Unique Situation
Listening is where our engagement with you starts, and it’s a crucial aspect of how we build a strong case. We take the time to hear your story in detail, understand the circumstances that led to your e-scooter accident, and get a grasp of the extent of your injuries and damages. We know that each case is as unique as the people involved in it, and understanding your individual situation is vital for effective representation. By listening, we learn what your priorities are, what you hope to achieve through legal action, and how best to make you feel comfortable and secure throughout the legal process.
Crafting a Legal Strategy
Tailoring Our Approach to Serve Your Best Interests
Once we understand your specific circumstances, we craft a personalized legal strategy designed to achieve the best possible outcome for you. This could range from negotiating with insurance companies to preparing for a trial. Our decades of experience, combined with our deep understanding of your case, allow us to tailor an approach that serves your best interests at every stage.
Utilizing Our Knowledge to Get the Most for Your Suffering
Compensation in personal injury cases is not just about covering your immediate medical expenses. It’s about ensuring that you’re financially secure in the face of ongoing medical treatments, loss of earnings, and emotional suffering. Utilizing our wealth of experience and inside knowledge of how insurance companies operate, we strive to maximize your compensation. We don’t cut corners, and we don’t settle for the first offer. We leverage every piece of evidence and every applicable law to get you the most for your suffering.
Prompt & Attentive Communication: We make it a point to keep you updated at each stage and are always available to answer any questions you may have.
Low-Volume, High-Value Practice: Because we focus on a smaller caseload, you get our undivided attention, and we get the time to focus on maximizing the value of your case.
Your Recovery, Our Priority: Make the Call That Changes It All
Why Bengal Law?
If you’ve suffered an e-scooter accident or any personal injury in Florida, you don’t just need a lawyer—you need an advocate who’s fully committed to your well-being. At Bengal Law: Florida Accident Lawyers and Personal Injury Attorneys PLLC, our accolades speak for themselves:
- #1 in “Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys near Orlando, FL” according to Thumbtack from 2017-2020.
- “Best Car Accident Lawyers in Orlando” and “Best Personal Injury Attorneys in Orlando” by Expertise from 2016-2023.
- Avvo Client’s Choice Award for Personal Injury in 2016-17.
- #1 “Best Personal Injury Law” in Orlando according to Yelp from 2016-2020 and in the Top Ten from 2021-23.
These aren’t just awards or rankings; they’re a testament to our relentless commitment to our clients, who are more like family to us.
What to Expect from Bengal Law
We’re not just here to represent you; we’re here to stand by you every step of your journey towards recovery. We will navigate the complex maze of legalities and insurance claims on your behalf, leaving you to focus solely on your healing.
Personalized Legal Strategy: Tailored to meet your specific needs and maximize your compensation.
Prompt and Attentive Communication: Keeping you updated at every stage of your case.
Free Consultation: No obligations, just a candid talk about how we can help change your life for the better.
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