Electric scooter sharing services like Lime and Bird have appeared all over the country in almost every major city, and the Fairfax, VA area has seen a massive influx of these dockless devices in recent years. E-scooters offer a convenient, accessible, and environmentally friendly alternative to walking or using public transportation, but many Fairfax residents may not understand the legal issues surrounding e-scooters or know what to do after an accident with one.
If you or a loved one experienced such an accident, contact Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP today to schedule a free consultation with a Fairfax, VA e-scooter accident attorney.
When you need an attorney, it is essential to find one with the skill, resources, and experience necessary to guide you to a satisfactory result.
Ultimately, hiring an attorney to handle your Fairfax e-scooter accident claim increases your chances of securing compensation for your losses.
Even if a case seems perfectly straightforward at first, countless possible variables can complicate an e-scooter accident claim, and the average person with no legal experience may lose a case unintentionally before it really even starts. Missing a filing deadline with the court or failing to file within the appropriate statute of limitations could easily lead to a judge throwing the case out before it even reaches trial.
Hiring an attorney means peace of mind, as your legal representative will ensure your claim meets all applicable filing deadlines and statutes. Your attorney can help build a case, prep you for depositions and trial, and even negotiate with insurance carriers on your behalf if necessary.
Every area of the country has adopted unique laws in response to the growing number of electric scooters throughout major metropolitan areas. In some states and local jurisdictions, e-scooter operators may ride on sidewalks while other jurisdictions require them to ride in bike lanes or in the streets. Different jurisdictions also have varying laws when it comes to helmet use, proper e-scooter use, and liability after accidents.
Virginia Code 46.2-904 restricts the use of e-scooters on sidewalks but allows local jurisdictions to make their own laws for handing these devices. If you plan to use one of the e-scooter sharing services in the Fairfax, VA area, you must ride in the street or use bike lanes where available. Riders should follow local ordinances closely and wear an appropriately-fitted helmet, even when local laws do not require helmet use. Wearing a helmet significantly reduces the risk of a fatal head injury in the event of an accident.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries while riding on an electric scooter or if an electric scooter operator caused an accident with you, the right attorney can help you recover your damages through a personal injury claim. The attorneys at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP understand that e-scooter services are a relatively new phenomenon and the laws can be nebulous when it comes to handling injury claims involving e-scooters, but our firm has the resources, skill, and experience to handle the most complicated e-scooter accident claims in the Fairfax, VA area.
Contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation about your Fairfax, VA e-scooter injury claim. Once we have the details of your situation our attorneys can advise you as to your options for legal recourse and what kind of recovery you could potentially secure from a successful lawsuit.