Motorized scooters have become a popular alternative to bicycles and motorcycles, especially for those living in urban areas. However, like those who use other two-wheeled vehicles, scooter drivers are at an increased risk for being seriously injured when they are involved in an accident. Therefore, those who drive motorized scooters should take every precaution to avoid serious accidents, including wearing a helmet.
That being said, no matter how careful a motorist is, some accidents are unavoidable. This is especially the case when other motorists are driving aggressively or driving while distracted or intoxicated. When another motorist causes a scooter accident, the accident victim is entitled to seek compensation through a Maryland personal injury lawsuit.
In order to be successful in a Maryland personal injury lawsuit, an accident victim must be able to prove that the named defendant acted negligently and that the defendant’s negligence caused their injuries. In situations in which the other motorist was issued a traffic citation or was criminally charged for their role in causing the accident, this evidence will most likely be admissible in a subsequent personal injury case and can help the plaintiff prove their case. While this process sounds simple in principle, many hurdles can arise throughout the course of a personal injury lawsuit, and it is best to consult with a dedicated injury attorney prior to filing a case.
Man Arrested in Fatal Scooter Accident
Earlier this year in Connecticut, a 47-year-old was killed when the scooter he was riding was struck by another motorist. According to a local news report covering the tragic accident, the other motorist involved in the collision was recently arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and negligent homicide by automobile. The article did not discuss why authorities took over two months to arrest and charge the other motorist.
Evidently, the motorist was driving was traveling at 59 miles per hour in an area with a speed limit of just 25 miles per hour. The impact from the collision sent the man on the scooter flying off the vehicle and onto the pavement. It is not clear whether the man on the scooter was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. Emergency workers responded and took the accident victim to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Scooter Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a Maryland scooter or motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The dedicated personal injury attorneys at the Maryland law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have extensive experience representing victims in a wide range of personal injury cases, including motorcycle and scooter accident claims. Call 410-654-3600 today to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated personal injury attorney. Calling is free and will not result in any obligation to you unless we can help you recover compensation for your injuries.
More Blog Posts:
Federal Appellate Court Discusses Sovereign Immunity in Recent Bicycle Accident Case, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published April 13, 2017.
Police Liability in High-Speed Chases, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published April 27, 2017.