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Brooklyn Electric Scooter Accident LawyerWere you recently hurt in an electric scooter accident in Brooklyn, NY? If someone else is at fault, you may have the right to hold them financially accountable. The experienced Brooklyn electric scooter accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers can help you fight to recover maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and suffering.

Attorney Jay Knispel has 25+ years of litigation experience and has successfully recovered millions of dollars for his clients. He’s a well-known and respected ally to motor vehicle accident victims in Brooklyn, and he’s ready to stand up and fight for you.

Contact the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC or call us today at (718) 802-1600 to learn more about how we can help you after your electric scooter accident. Your first consultation is free, so reach out to our Brooklyn law office to schedule yours today.

How Our Brooklyn Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help After Your Electric Scooter Accident

How Our Brooklyn Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help After Your Electric Scooter AccidentAccidents involving electric scooters can be complicated. Electric scooter operators are vulnerable to serious, if not life-changing, injuries if they’re struck by a car or truck. If you’ve been in an e-scooter accident, you need to focus on getting better, not a legal case for damages. That’s where hiring an experienced Brooklyn personal injury lawyer can make all the difference in the world.

At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we’re ready to take on your electric scooter accident case and handle it from start to finish. You’ll have an award-winning attorney with decades of experience fighting for the compensation you need and deserve. All the while, you’ll have the opportunity to focus on what matters most: your health and well-being.

When you trust our law firm to represent you after an e-scooter accident, expect us to:

  • Investigate your scooter accident to determine why it happened and who’s at fault
  • Analyze evidence and the facts of your scooter accident claim with reliable experts
  • Build a solid legal foundation for your accident claim for damages
  • Enter negotiations prepared to secure a meaningful settlement on your behalf
  • Take your personal injury case to a jury in Brooklyn, if necessary

Reach out to us for help if you or a loved one has been hurt in a Brooklyn traffic accident involving an electric scooter. We’re here to take your call whenever you need help the most – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Are Electric Scooters Street Legal in Brooklyn?

Yes, electric scooters are street legal in all five New York City boroughs, including Brooklyn. Riders must be at least 16 years old. Helmets are required for those under the age of 18.

E-scooters should be distinguished from their close cousins, the electric bike. Electric scooters are defined as a device with handlebars, a floorboard OR a seat, and an electric motor. Scooters can be powered by the motor or a human operator. Electric bicycles, on the other hand, have pedals and a motor.

Neither has to be registered in the State of New York.

Both can be operated on roads with speed limits no greater than 30 MPH. Neither can be used on a sidewalk unless permitted by local law.

Local municipalities like the borough of Brooklyn can pass their own regulations. These may limit where electric scooters can be used or when they can be operated. 

How Common Are E-Scooter Accidents?

Motor vehicle accidents involving electric scooters are becoming increasingly common across the nation. According to one study, scooter-related injuries increased by more than 220% between 2014 and 2018. In 2018, more than 39,000 people visited the emergency room or sought medical care because of an electric scooter accident injury.

The CDC estimates that for every 100,000 e-scooter trips, 20 people will be injured.

Electric scooter accidents are particularly troublesome in Brooklyn and throughout New York City. In 2020, the city saw a reported 588 e-scooter accidents. Out of those accidents, 538 people were injured and three pedestrians were killed. Experts believe that scooter accidents will skyrocket in the future, based on their popularity and the risks involved in riding them on busy Brooklyn streets.

What’s My Electric Scooter Accident Case Worth?

It depends.

The value of every case will vary significantly, based on:

  • The types of injuries that are inflicted
  • Whether you’re expected to make a full recovery
  • Whether you’ll be able to return to work
  • How the trauma of the scooter crash affects you emotionally and psychologically
  • The cost of replacing or repairing damaged property
  • Who’s at fault and whether your own negligence was a contributing factor

When you ride an electric scooter, you have very little to protect you. These scooters are becoming increasingly powerful, and share space with larger vehicles on the road. Injuries, especially catastrophic injuries, are likely.

As a result, the value of your electric scooter accident could be quite high. Even minor trauma could have long-term effects and generate a lot of costs over the course of your lifetime.

However, the only way to know for sure is by consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney in Brooklyn. Call the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC for a free case review. We’ll listen to your side of the story, review the facts of your case, and help you understand what your case might be worth.

What Happens If I’m Blamed For My Electric Scooter Accident?

You can still recover compensation if you’re partly to blame, but your financial award will reflect your role in causing the crash. 

Under New York’s pure comparative negligence rule, your damages will be reduced in direct proportion to your liability. If you’re assigned 40% of the blame for your e-scooter accident because you were texting instead of paying attention to the road, then your damages will be reduced by 40%.

Other parties (and their insurance companies) will try to place as much of the blame on you as they can. The more successful these efforts are, the less money they’ll have to pay (and the less you’ll get).

Attorney Jay Knispel defended insurance companies before dedicating his career to personal injury litigation. He knows these strategies all too well and understands the importance of anticipating these moves to protect his clients. He’ll fight to defend you at every turn and work to minimize or entirely disprove claims that you’re at fault.

What Causes Most Scooter Accidents in Brooklyn?

While car accidents involving electric scooters can happen for almost any reason, some common causes include:

  • Distractions
  • Speeding
  • Scooter malfunction
  • Scooter defect
  • Dangerous left-hand turns
  • Failure to yield the right of way, especially at an intersection
  • Lane splitting
  • Operating a scooter in a motorist’s blind spot
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Dangerous road design
  • Hazardous road conditions
  • Limited visibility

Determining what caused your electric scooter accident is the first step in building a successful personal injury claim for damages. Once our team understands the why, we can set our sights on determining who is to blame (and financially responsible for your trauma).

Electric Scooter Accidents Can Cause Severe, Catastrophic Injuries

Wearing a helmet and other safety gear can help limit the chances of suffering a traumatic brain injury or dying in an e-scooter crash in Brooklyn.

However, operators still run the risk of sustaining catastrophic injuries, such as:

Electric scooter accidents can also be fatal. In these situations, families may have the right to seek damages in a wrongful death action.

Who Could Be Liable For My Brooklyn Scooter Accident and Injuries?

An investigation might reveal that one or more of the following parties are responsible for causing your scooter accident:

  • Other e-scooter operators
  • Drivers of motor vehicles, including cars, trucks, buses, and motorcycles
  • Employers of negligent parties
  • E-scooter companies or manufacturers
  • Government agencies

Ultimately, anyone who contributes to your e-scooter accident can be liable for your costs and suffering. The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC will fight to secure full compensation from everyone who put you in such a difficult situation.

What Damages Can I Get If I’ve Been Hurt in a Brooklyn Scooter Accident?

The following economic and non-economic damages are typically available to e-scooter accident victims in Brooklyn:

Keep in mind that you have limited time to pursue damages after your e-scooter accident. In New York State, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is just three years. For a wrongful death claim, you only have two years from the date of death to file a claim. If you miss the deadline, you lose the right to demand these (and other) damages.

Our Brooklyn Electric Scooter Accident Lawyer Can Help

Contact Brooklyn electric scooter accident lawyer Jay Knispel for immediate assistance if you or a loved one has been hurt. 

You’ll benefit from a former insurance defense attorney with 25+ years of litigation experience. Since turning his focus to personal injury law, he’s helped injury victims like you recover millions in life-changing financial awards.

Your first consultation is free, so call the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC to get started now.

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