Man Fatally Injured While Riding a Motorized Scooter in the City of Rancho Cucamonga
Rancho Cucamonga, CA (August 03, 2020) – A Fontana resident using a motorized scooter was fatally struck by a car when crossing the street in the City of Rancho Cucamonga. According to the California Highway Patrol, the victim was not using a crosswalk when crossing along Arrow Route, near Ilex Street. The driver of the vehicle involved did not sustain any injuries and there were no other injuries reported in the accident. The identities of those involved have not yet been disclosed and according to the CHP, the accident does not seem to indicate that any crime took place. The tragic accident is still under police investigation.
Sadly, this is not a unique case – motorized scooter accidents are happening throughout the state at alarming rates. These devices are relatively new and have presented new safety concerns for those who use them. When a person is injured when using a motorized scooter, the ability to recover compensation can be possible.
As traffic congestion has drastically increased the last few years, many search for alternative methods of transportation. One new, yet popular option can be found in motorized scooters. Regrettably, many drivers are not accustomed to driving alongside these new devices, and accidents involving electric scooters are not uncommon. When a driver causes the injuries of an electric scooter user, the driver can be held financially accountable for the victim’s injuries.
The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Justin H. King understand the challenges that arise from motorized scooter accidents. When an accident ensues, many electric scooter users face scrutiny and are largely blamed for causing the accident. With over a decade of dedicated legal experience, the firm is highly experienced in challenging personal injury cases and understands the importance of assertive representation. Consider scheduling a no-obligation representation with the attorneys at the Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King today.
According to the state’s Vehicle Codes §21220 – 21235, those operating a motorized scooter are subject to the following:
- The same rights and provisions as motor vehicle drivers,
- Cannot operate the device while under the influence of a drug or alcoholic beverage,
- Should be equipped with a light and reflector,
- Cannot ride on the sidewalk except when entering or exiting an adjacent property,
- Have to ride as close as possible to the right-hand side of the road,
- Cannot operate the scooter unless it is equipped with a brake,
- Must operate the scooter using at least one hand on the handlebars,
- Cannot operate the device with additional passengers, and
- Cannot operate the device without an instruction permit or a valid driver’s license.
When a motorized scooter accident happens, securing financial recovery for the injuries sustained can be difficult. A majority of motorized scooter accidents are caused by driver negligence, and when this happens, compensation can be sought from the at-fault driver.
Today, a majority of electric scooter rental companies require users to sign an agreement that includes a clause releasing the renting company for injuries incurred while using the device. When the accident has been caused because of the company, such as device malfunction or failure to maintain, obtaining compensation can be very difficult. Under current California law, electric scooter riders are not obligated to carry insurance when using the device. Whether the device is rented from a company or is privately owned, when an accident happens, there is a highly likelihood that the rider will face having to cover his or her own damages.
Accidents that happen while lawfully on the property of another can be the responsibility of the property owner. In California, property owners have a responsibility to ensure their property is free from potential dangers that can lead to the injury of others. When the property is not maintained, property owners can be held financially responsible for the injuries of those who have been injured in the property, including motorized scooter riders.
If you or someone you know was injured while using a motorized scooter, it is imperative to seek the legal support of a qualified personal injury attorney. Motorized scooter cases are complex and will require the support of an attorney who understands the applicable rules and regulations.
At the Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King, helping injured motorized scooter victims obtain a meaningful financial compensation after an accident is important. The firm has extensive experience pursuing complex personal injury claims and has an established track record of achieving triumphant results for their clients. Following an electric scooter accident, obtain proficient legal counsel. Seek a no-cost consultation with the Law Offices of Attorney Justin H. King today.