Common causes of Tampa Lime Scooter accidents
Unfortunately, there is no overriding cause of Tampa Lime scooter accidents. Instead, a multitude of causes can lead to serious injuries involving these little electric scooters. Riders do not have to have any experience operating electric scooters before they are allowed to rent them, which means it should come as no surprise that inexperienced riders are a common cause of Lime scooter accidents.
Not only do inexperienced scooter riders pose a risk to themselves, but also to others around them. Scooter riders can cause harm to pedestrians as well as to those in other vehicles, particularly if vehicle drivers have to swerve to avoid hitting a Lime scooter rider.
However, inexperienced Lime scooter riders are certainly not the only cause of these accidents. Scooter riders are also vulnerable to injuries due to the negligence or careless actions of other drivers on the roadway. Just like with pedestrian and bicycle accidents, Tampa Lime scooter riders are susceptible to injuries caused by drivers:
- Failing to follow the rules of the roadway (failure to yield, improper turning, etc.)
- Speeding or operating too fast for conditions
- Operating while impaired by alcohol or drugs
- Operating while distracted by phones or other devices
Most common Tampa Lime Scooter accident injuries
Lime scooter riders in Tampa have very little protection in the event an accident occurs. Tampa does not require riders to wear a helmet, though wearing one is strongly recommended. According to a 2019 study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the appearance of electric scooters in cities is usually followed by a surge in ER visits for various injuries, including the following:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord trauma
- Other neck and back injuries
- Open head wounds
- Serious concussions
- Road rash and lacerations
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
According to the CDC study, “A high proportion of e-scooter related injuries involved potentially preventable risk factors, such as lack of helmet use, or motor vehicle interaction.”
Who is liable after a Tampa Lime Scooter accident?
Signing up to use Lime scooters is not difficult. All a person has to do is download the Lime scooter app in Tampa, read and review the terms of service, and use the app to unlock a nearby Lime scooter to ride. Tampa does impose a few limits – riders must be 16 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license.
When riders agree to the terms of service for Lime, they are generally signing away their right to file a lawsuit against Lime in the event an accident occurs. It is incredibly difficult to hold electric scooter companies accountable for accidents. This may be possible in the event it can be proven that the scooter was defective, but even then, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit against the scooter manufacturer instead.
If a Lime scooter accident in Tampa occurs due to the negligence of another party, such as a driver on the roadway, a bystander, or a roadway defect, then the at-fault party may be held liable through their respective insurance carriers.
How much compensation is available for these cases?
If you or somebody you love has been involved in a Tampa Lime scooter accident, there may be various types of compensation available for your claim. Attorney Paul Rebein has extensive experience helping clients who have sustained injuries in similar incidents and will work to secure the following on your behalf:
- Coverage of all scooter accident-related medical bills
- Costs of physical therapy or rehabilitation
- General household out-of-pocket expenses
- Lost income if you are unable to work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
The total amount of compensation awarded in these cases will vary depending on certain elements of each case. This can include the severity of the injuries, whether a victim is unable to work, the level of a victim’s pain and suffering, shared fault, and more.
What is the deadline to file a Tampa Lime Scooter accident claim?
If you have been injured in an incident involving a Lime scooter, you need to be aware that there is a deadline to file a personal injury claim. The Florida personal injury statute of limitations is four years from the date the injury occurred. This means that Lime scooter accident victims in Tampa will have a four-year window with which to file a claim against any alleged negligent party, or they risk not receiving any compensation for the incident.
However, these cases are typically resolved through settlements with insurance carriers, and the insurance companies are going to have much shorter deadlines for filing a claim. Please report a Lime scooter accident to any applicable insurance carriers (personal health insurance, auto insurance) as soon as possible to ensure your claim is not delayed or denied.
Contact a Tampa Lime Scooter accident attorney for a free consultation today
If you or somebody you care about has sustained an injury in a Lime scooter accident, contact an attorney today. If the crash was caused by the negligence of somebody else, Attorney Paul Rebein will work to secure the compensation you are entitled to. Our team is not afraid to stand up to aggressive insurance carriers or any at-fault party. When you need a Tampa Lime scooter accident lawyer, contact us for a free consultation of your case so we can get started.