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New York City Electric Scooter Accident Lawyer

New York City Electric Scooter Accident LawyerHave you been injured in an electric scooter accident in New York City, New York? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and suffering. Our experienced New York City electric scooter accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC will help you fight to get the money you need and deserve.

For more than 25+ years, we’ve been standing up for the rights of injured victims just like you. Our dedicated trial attorneys have secured tens of millions of dollars for clients over the years. 

Contact our NYC law office today at (212) 564 2800 to see how we can help you, too. Your first consultation is always free.

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Can Help After An Electric Scooter Accident in New York

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Can Help After An Electric Scooter Accident in New YorkElectric scooters are skyrocketing in popularity. It’s no surprise that e-scooter accidents are also increasing. If you get injured in an accident involving an electric scooter, we make sure you have an experienced attorney who’s informed about the latest laws affecting your rights. 

Several reasons we stand out as a top-rated NYC personal injury law firm are:

  • Recognized as Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Some of the top verdicts in New York state
  • We focus exclusively on personal injury cases
  • Your case will be handled by a former insurance defense attorney

That’s right. Attorney Jay Knispel used to work for the big insurance companies that will be trying to deny your claims. He’s got insight into their tactics. And he knows how to fight back for you.

When you hire us, you can count on us to:

  • Fully investigate your accident to obtain all key facts
  • Interview witnesses
  • Review your medical records to make sure all injuries are properly documented
  • Hire financial, medical, and scientific experts as needed
  • Handle all negotiations with insurance companies
  • Have our top-rated trial lawyer take your case to court if necessary

Your number one focus should be on your recovery. Let our trusted NYC personal injury lawyers take care of fighting for your compensation. We know how to put together your strongest case. Call us for a free consultation to get started today.

How Common Are Electric Scooter Accidents in New York?

Electric scooter companies like Bird, Lime, and Veo can be seen in many cities, including New York. The increased use of shared scooters is on the rise. In 2019, people took 136 million trips on shared bikes and scooters. This is a 60% increase from 2018.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, accidents around the country involving e-scooters, e-bikes, and hoverboards rose 70% between 2017 and 2020.

In that 4-year period, there were 190,000 emergency department (ED) visits due to all micromobility products.

The number of ED visits for each of those years nationwide are:

  • 2017: 34,000 
  • 2018: 44,000 
  • 2019: 54,800 
  • 2020: 57,800 

The drastic jump in ED visits was largely due to electric scooters alone, which rose from 7,700 in 2017 to 25,400 in 2020.

As ABCNews 7 in NYC recently reported, there have been 575 e-scooter accidents in New York City since they became legal, with a total of 538 people injured in those accidents.

What is My Electric Scooter Accident Case Worth?

It’s impossible to estimate the value of your case without knowing all the details. Generally, though, how much your case is worth will depend on how seriously you were injured and whether you share any liability.

Some of the factors that affect the value of your case are:

  • Whether you have permanent injuries
  • How much (if any) work you missed due to your injuries
  • Whether you’re able to return to the same job
  • Whether you were at fault for the accident
  • The severity of your injuries

Cases involving serious injury and death usually result in higher awards. Damages vary widely depending on your individual case or situation. The truth is, you’ll never know exactly what your case is worth until the settlement or verdict is in. 

Be suspicious of any attorney advertising that guarantees a certain result. A reputable NYC electric scooter accident attorney can help.

What Causes Most Electric Scooter Accidents in New York?

With the recent law allowing e-scooters on NYC streets, electric scooters now have increased interaction with everyday traffic. It’s convenient to be able to ride your scooter around, but it creates additional risks. Drivers may still be getting used to seeing electric scooters zipping around them. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and other scooter riders are all now sharing space and interacting with traffic. The results can be tragic.

Electric scooter accidents are caused by:

  • Not being seen by cars during lane changes
  • Scooter operator inexperience
  • Operating scooter while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Crash with a pedestrian
  • Faulty scooter charger
  • Defective scooter part
  • Scooters left on the sidewalk causing tripping hazards
  • Crash with a car or another motor vehicle
  • Collision with a bicycle

Depending on how you’ve been injured, there may be multiple parties responsible for your injuries. Your right to compensation depends on getting it right when identifying liable parties. A qualified NYC personal injury attorney can help.

I Was Injured in an Electric Scooter Accident – What Money Can I Get?

An accident involving an electric scooter can cause life-changing injuries. E-scooters have no external protection like an automobile. And if you’re hit by an electric scooter as a pedestrian, you can suffer serious and long-lasting injuries.

There are generally two types of damages available: economic and non-economic. What might be available to you will depend entirely on the specifics of your case.

Economic damages compensate you for financial losses related to your accident, such as:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Domestic services

These are damages that are usually easy to quantify and calculate.

Non-economic damages are things that are more subjective, such as:

  • Emotional trauma
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Inconvenience
  • Loss of enjoyment of life activities

In rare cases, you may be able to seek punitive damages. These are awarded only in cases where the defendant’s behavior was grossly negligent or particularly reprehensible.

Determining what kind of damages might be available is a critical step in developing your case. Be sure to seek legal advice from an experienced New York City car accident lawyer so that you don’t leave money on the table.

What Injuries Are Caused By Electric Scooter Accidents?

Electric scooters have basically no protection. No sides. No airbags. You’re generally not even required to (although you always should) wear a helmet.

Riders of electric scooters can both sustain and cause serious injuries, such as:

If your injuries are extreme, you might want to contact a catastrophic injury lawyer for legal advice. Severe accidents can be fatal. Those could be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. Whatever the circumstances of your accident, it’s worth it to you to discuss your legal options with a qualified attorney.

Can I Still Recover Compensation if I’m Being Blamed for an Electric Scooter Accident in New York?

Possibly. New York follows the comparative fault rule when it comes to sharing blame. If you’re deemed partially responsible, then the amount of your award will be reduced proportionally. As long as the accident wasn’t completely your fault, you’re likely to be able to recover some compensation.

The laws regarding electric scooters and other motorized personal transportation are complex and changing all the time. It’s best to consult an attorney familiar with the issues you’ll face if you’ve been in an electric scooter accident.

How Do I Win an Electric Scooter Accident Case in New York?

Most personal injury cases are a result of someone else’s carelessness. Scooter accidents are no different. In order to receive compensation, you’ll likely have to prove negligence to win your case. Negligence is a theory of law that holds people liable for injuries they cause due to being careless.

Proving negligence looks a little different for every case. A competent attorney will know the best strategy for your particular case.

Proving your case could involve:

  • Witness testimony describing the accident
  • Medical bills showing treatment for your injuries
  • Video footage of the crash, such as from a dashboard camera or GoPro
  • Experts to testify about the extent of your lost wages

Selecting and presenting compelling evidence to justify your compensation is essential to your case. Our experienced NYC personal injury lawyers are skilled in all aspects of trial. Call or contact us online for a free assessment of your case.

When Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After an Electric Scooter Accident in New York?

In New York state, you have to file your lawsuit within three years of your injury. If there’s a wrongful death involved, then you must file within two years. That sounds like a long time, but it’s always better to file sooner rather than later. 

The longer you wait, the harder it is to prove that your injuries are directly connected to your e-scooter accident. Memories fade. Witnesses move away. So don’t wait too long.

Additionally, even if you’re not filing a lawsuit, you might be dealing with filing accident claims with an insurance company. You’ll want to do this soon after your accident. Deadlines are critical. An experienced electric scooter accident attorney can make sure you don’t miss out on the compensation you deserve due to an overdue claim or filing. Consult a NYC personal injury lawyer for advice.

Contact Our New York City Electric Scooter Accident Lawyers for a Free Consultation

If you’ve been injured in an e-scooter crash, the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel can help. We’ve earned recognition by obtaining tens of millions of dollars for our clients. Call our award-winning New York City electric scooter accident lawyers today to get started on your case. Your first case evaluation is free.

 

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