More and more people are choosing to ride a scooter as it’s far more economical than a car, especially for short distances like commuting to work. Unfortunately, scooters aren’t as visible as other vehicles on the road and when stopping at an intersection or turning collisions can happen.
Oncoming vehicles don’t always see a scooter, particularly if the driver’s mind is on something else. However, scooter riders are given the same protection as any other driver when it comes to an accident taking place which isn’t the scooter rider’s fault. If you have been involved in an accident and you were riding a scooter at the time you should seek assistance from a personal injury attorney who will help to file a claim on your behalf.
Damages Awarded in a Scooter Accident
As long as you have the evidence to prove you weren’t to blame for your scooter accident you may be able to claim for the following damages:
- the cost of repairs to your scooter;
- the cost of all your medical treatment;
- compensation for loss of wages while you are unable to work;
- compensation for your pain and suffering;
- punitive damages if the driver causing your accident was deliberately negligent in his driving behavior.
One thing you need to remember is that in order to be eligible for damages in a personal injury claim it’s important to file the claim before the deadline set by your state. This is called the statute of limitations. The time given to file your claim could be anything from 12 months to 3 years from the date of your scooter accident.
Determining Fault in a Scooter Accident
You can’t expect to be awarded damages in a scooter accident unless you provide the proof that shows you weren’t the cause. This means you should try to provide the following bits of evidence:
- eyewitness’s accounts and their contact details;
- a police report from the scene of the accident;
- a medical report from your doctor showing your injuries;
- the receipts showing your scooter’s repairs;
- a statement showing how much you earn.
Once all this information has been collected your personal injury lawyer may put together a sound case for a successful personal injury claim. Depending on your state if you are found to be partially to blame you may not get the full damages claim you have asked for, or even any at all. Your attorney will advise you on this matter.
How a Lawyer Can Help in a Scooter Accident
As long as you haven’t let filing your PI claim for too long your personal injury attorney will look at the evidence you have provided in relation to the accident and provide an opinion as to whether your claim is likely to be successful.
A personal injury attorney will fight to get the compensation you deserve. Complete the Free Case Evaluation on this page to be connected with a lawyer.