Motorized mobility aids are quite popular in the United States, and they are especially popular in states like California, where the weather is mild for much of the year. Mobility scooters are used by a diverse range of people, just as they are used by a diverse range of vehicles. And, without a doubt, new technologies will be created to allow for the creation of more varieties of these motorized devices for those who require them. They’ve grown in popularity to the point where the federal government has enacted rules governing their use, including a categorization as a pedestrian vehicle.
Motorized vehicles are essentially classed as an electric bike, which means that operators must comply with the same rules of the road required by bicycle operators because they do not exceed the 20 mph threshold. This is an important factor when operators are involved in mobility scooter accidents, and having an experienced San Diego pedestrian accident attorney in mind is always a good idea in case of a mishap.
Comparative Fault in Mobility Scooter Accidents
California is a pure comparative negligence state, meaning that all persons involved in an accident are assessed for their individual contributions. The question is how much the injured parties’ actions contributed to their own injuries. Any acceptable financial damages will be reduced based on that amount of contribution, and your San Diego pedestrian accident lawyer will keep this in mind while you negotiate your injury claim.
Serious Injury Cases From Mobility Scooter Accidents
One of the primary problems with accidents involving motorized mobility aids is that there is very little protection provided for the operator, such as being inside a standard vehicle. The final result is that very serious injuries could be sustained by the mobility aid driver, which also means the respondent insurance company can be very difficult in negotiating an equitable settlement. Injured operators will also need an experienced and aggressive attorney handling their claim.
Call Mova Law Group
Anyone in southern California who has been injured in a motor scooter accident should contact the legal professionals at Mova Law Group for a full free evaluation of the potential of their accident injury case. Never let the insurance company control a settlement claim when professional help is available on contingency.