Electric scooters are gaining in popularity all over the country, including here in New Jersey. They are especially popular in large cities because of their small size and how easy they are to operate and their ability to maneuver in and out of congested traffic areas. Many users also like the fact that they are more environmentally friendly compared to cars, trucks, and other motorized vehicles. And unlike bicycles, where the rider does all the work, many riders enjoy the fact that there is no pedaling required, thanks to the scooter’s electric motor.
Unfortunately, as electric scooters increase in popularity, the number of scooter accidents also increase. People on scooters suffer from the same visibility limits which affect pedestrians and people on bikes, leaving them vulnerable on the roadway. If you’ve been injured on a scooter, call Davis & Brusca – your Trenton, NJ scooter accident lawyer. We have extensive legal experience with all kinds of personal injury lawsuits and our team understands the impact these accidents have on both the victims and their families. We understand that victims of electric scooter crashes often suffer serious injuries. We are proud of our reputation as the personal injury lawyer Trenton, NJ families trust. We will work aggressively to get you justice, including the financial compensation you deserve.
Electric Scooter Safety Tips
While riding with safety in mind doesn’t guarantee you will avoid being involved in an electric scooter accident, there are safety steps that riders can take that will help minimize their changes of being involved in a crash. With this in mind, Davis & Brusca, yourTrenton, NJ scooter accident lawyer, offers the following tips:
Always wear protective gear when you are riding. Never ride without a street-legal motorcycle helmet, preferably one which covers your full face. Wear steel toed boots, not light weight shoes (or worse yet, flip-flops). Wear long pants. Use gloves, even in warm weather (Gloves can help protect your hands as well as aid in gripping the handles of the scooter). Consider using supplemental safety gear, such as mouth guards and pads. A mouth guard can help protect your teeth in the event of an accident, and knee and elbow pads can help protect you from injuries should you fall).
Always check your equipment, including your tires, before riding. Check the pressure of the tires, look for any holes or wear and tear. If tread is worn down, replace the tire. Lack of tread reduces your grip on the road, particularly in wet conditions.
Stay alert and aware of your environment. Avoid becoming distracted. Don’t use earbuds – your ears can alert you to signs of danger. Make sure to watch for oncoming traffic and pedestrians, and don’t take for granted that you have been seen.
Be “predictable” and travel at an even pace. Avoid “zipping” in and out of traffic or other erratic behaviors. Rapid accelerations, or going fast in general, can cause others to lose sight of you, and may cause you to lose control of the scooter or hit a pedestrian or object.
Watch for debris, objects, or defects in the road. Bumps, rocks, and potholes can be “silent killers” and may cause even experienced riders to lose control.
Avoid slippery roads and surfaces. If the roads are wet, try not to ride. If you must ride when wet, try to avoid puddles, as well as metal surfaces, painted markings on the roadways, smooth stone (such as marble), or sidewalks that are muddy. If the weather is bad, such as rain or snow, do not ride the scooter. You should also get off the scooter immediately and seeks shelter should it begin to lightning.
Contact a Trenton, NJ Scooter Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in an electric scooter accident, contact Davis & Brusca to find out how a scooter accident lawyer Trenton, NJ clients recommend can help. Call our office to schedule a free case evaluation. We are here to help.
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