How often do Tampa Bird scooter accidents occur?
Over the last few years, residents and visitors in and around the Tampa area have likely noticed an influx of motorized electric scooters. One of the major companies that owns and operates scooters in this area is Bird.
Bird scooters allow people to quickly and easily transport themselves short distances, and can be particularly helpful when there are no public transit stops anywhere in a person’s vicinity. Bird scooters are also popular with visitors who wish to take in the sights and sounds of the Tampa area. As of this writing, neither local municipal governments nor the state government keeps official statistics on scooter accidents. However, we do know that these incidents occur, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been studying injuries caused by electric scooters.
Common causes of Tampa Bird scooter accidents
First, we want to look at the various parties that can be injured in an accident involving a Bird scooter:
- Passengers on the Bird scooter
- Bystanders struck by a Bird scooter
- Vehicle drivers and passengers injured in a crash caused by a Bird scooter
- Pedestrians who trip over a discarded Bird scooter
One of the major concerns about these electric scooters is that riders are not required to have any type of scooter driving experience. A Bird scooter can be rented simply by using a smartphone app that can then be used to unlock and activate a nearby scooter. The only requirements in the city of Tampa concerning Bird scooters are that all riders must be 16 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license. Helmet use is encouraged but is not required.
In many situations, Bird scooter accidents are caused by inexperienced riders. Riders with little to no experience on electric scooters could run into other people, vehicles, or buildings. However, Bird scooter riders could also be harmed due to the actions of other drivers around them.
Most common Tampa Bird scooter accident injuries
Whether a person is a Bird scooter rider or another party injured in an incident with a Bird scooter, there are various types of injuries that could occur. Tampa Bird scooter accident lawyer Paul Rebein regularly helps clients in these situations who have sustained the following:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Road rash or lacerations
- Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Other neck or back injuries
What kind of compensation is available for these cases?
There may be significant compensation available to victims who are injured in a Bird scooter accident caused by the negligence of another party. Tampa Bird scooter accident lawyer Paul Rebein will conduct a full investigation into your case and work to secure the following compensation on your behalf:
- All medical bills related to the scooter crash
- Any out-of-pocket expenses the crash victim incurs
- Lost income if a victim is unable to work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
The total amount of compensation awarded in these cases will vary depending on the circumstances related to each particular case.
How long do you have to file a Tampa Bird scooter accident claim?
Depending on how a scooter accident occurs, it may be the case that compensation for damages and injuries is paid out through insurance settlements. This will likely be the case if a vehicle driver causes a crash with a Bird scooter. However, a personal injury lawsuit may be necessary in order for victims in these cases to recover compensation. In Florida, the personal injury statute of limitations is four years from the date an injury occurs. This means that any Bird scooter accident victims have a four-year window with which to file a lawsuit against the alleged and negligent party.
How will an attorney help with this case?
Bird scooter accident cases can become very complicated, particularly when working to prove liability. In many cases, it can be very difficult to hold Bird liable for injuries that occur to riders. When a person downloads the Bird app and pays for a ride, they are generally agreeing to waive any liability claims that could be made against the company, though there may be some exceptions if the scooter was faulty.
A Tampa Bird scooter accident attorney is going to have the legal experience and resources necessary to conduct a full investigation into the case. This could include obtaining any evidence needed to prove liability, such as photograph or video evidence of the incident, statements from eyewitnesses to the crash, accident reports, and more.
An attorney will also work with trusted medical and economic professionals to ensure their client’s well-being and to help calculate their total losses. An attorney will negotiate with every party involved, including aggressive insurance carriers, as well as Bird directly, to ensure that their client receives the compensation they deserve.
Contact us for a free consultation of your case
If you or somebody you love has been injured in an accident involving a Bird scooter in Tampa, you may need to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. If another person or company is responsible for your injuries, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Attorney Paul Rebein will conduct a full investigation into your case in order to secure any compensation you are entitled to. When you need a Tampa Bird scooter accident lawyer, contact us for a free consultation today.