Who’s Liable in a Shared Electric Scooter Accident?

When a rented scooter gets involved in an accident, determining liability can get a bit tricky. If you got hurt in a shared electric scooter accident, our Washington, D.C. auto accident lawyers may be able to help. If you are considering pursuing compensation, we can help you build a case and hold all liable parties accountable.

What Are the Rules For Operating a Shared Electric Scooter in Washington, D.C.?

There are specific rules about how a shared electric scooter can operate in Washington, D.C., just as there are rules governing cars, bikes, and other methods of transportation. A scooter rider who ignores these rules and causes an accident should be held accountable. Scooter riders must:

  • Be over the age of 16
  • Not exceed speeds of 10 miles per hour
  • Use bike lanes
  • Obey all rules of the road and traffic signals
  • Not have passengers, because only one person is allowed on a scooter

Who Could Be Held Responsible for a Shared Electric Scooter Accident?

So if a driver violates those rules and causes an accident, any victim can sue them, right? Well, maybe. The local laws do not require the riders of shared electric scooter riders to carry insurance. That can make lawsuits difficult. They may be covered by the rental company, if they offer insurance, or their own auto policy though. If either of these are a possibility, your lawyer can let you know.

Another party that could be blamed for a shared electric scooter accident is the driver of a car. Cars can turn into the path of a scooter rider, change lanes without signaling, or drift into someone. A driver who cannot safely share the road with scooter riders should be held responsible when they cause harm.

Finally, another potential issue could be a product defect. Maybe you are a pedestrian who got hit by a shared electric scooter user. You might want to sue that rider, but the problem might actually be the scooter itself. If the brakes failed or another malfunction led to the accident, the rental company itself could be a defendant.

Will I Need a Personal Injury Attorney?

Cases like these could get quite complicated. Figuring out how to pursue damages or dealing with multiple defendants can be difficult. This is why we recommend hiring an attorney. An experienced lawyer can approach your case from every angle and help you fight for a fair compensation offer, no matter who caused your injuries.

Talk to a Lawyer Today

If you think that you are entitled to compensation, you don’t have to fight for it on your own. Contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC to schedule a consultation with our team. We can evaluate your case and tell you a bit more about your legal options.