Electric scooter sharing services have grown incredibly popular across the United States, and Washington, D.C. has seen a tremendous increase in the number of dockless scooters in the area. While these devices can be a convenient and ecologically friendly alternative to driving and public transportation, they are also drawing a fair amount of criticism for various reasons. Many people have also sustained injuries while riding electric scooters or from negligent scooter operators hitting them. If you or a loved one suffered such an injury recently, contact Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP today to schedule a free consultation with a DC e-scooter accident lawyer.
Finding an experienced and skillful attorney to represent your interests is extremely important for anyone facing an e-scooter accident lawsuit. E-scooters are a relatively new technology, and our firm has the resources, experience, and skill to handle the most complex e-scooter cases in Washington, D.C.
These are just a few reasons to consider Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP to represent your Washington, D.C. e-scooter case and pursue compensation on your behalf.
The right attorney can not only increase your chances of securing a settlement or case award for your Washington, D.C. e-scooter accident claim, but will also likely secure more than you could have on your own. Attorneys understand how to find the different avenues of compensation available in a civil claim. Your attorney can also negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf and help prepare you for trial dates if necessary.
Many Washington, D.C. residents support the influx of dockless electric scooter sharing services while others cite public safety issues resulting from the scooter boom. Companies like Lime and Bird offer electric scooter sharing services to customers all over the country and plan to expand to more areas in the near future, and the latest legislative developments from D.C. local lawmakers seem to indicate the District wants to ensure the safety of electric scooters without hamstringing availability in D.C.
Washington, D.C. law currently defines electric scooters as “Personal Mobility Devices,” limiting use to those over 16. However, most scooter sharing companies only permit those 18 years or older to use their services. Scooters may use sidewalks throughout Washington, D.C. except in the downtown Business district, and the District advises scooter operators to avoid riding on crowded sidewalks.
A new proposed change to the 2016 Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act would expand protections to scooter operators who experience accidents, allowing them to recover damages as long as they are less than 50% at fault for causing an accident.
Before the new law takes effect, injured scooter operators and pedestrians injured by scooter operators should know what to do after an electric scooter accident in Washington, D.C. A successful personal injury claim can help a victim recover medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and property damage. The attorneys at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP can help an injured claimant explore legal options after any electric scooter accident. Contact us today and request a free case evaluation, and one of our attorneys can let you know how our firm can help.