Maryland accident victims can face substantial medical expenses, as well as other economic and non-economic challenges. Victims must show that a defendant acted negligently by acting or failing to act in a certain way. A plaintiff has to prove the following elements to establish a negligence claim: the defendant had a legal duty to use due care toward the plaintiff; the defendant failed to meet that duty; the plaintiff suffered damages, and the defendant’s failure to meet the duty caused the plaintiff’s injuries.
The driver of a motor vehicle has a duty to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances. Every driver must use the degree of care that a person of ordinary prudence would exercise under similar circumstances. The care expected under the circumstances can vary depending on the type of the vehicle, weather conditions, and the time of day. A driver also must exercise reasonable care when presented with an emergency. Examples of negligent conduct are failing to yield at an intersection, failing to pay attention to the road, speeding, and tailgating.
Scooter Accident Reports Rising as Electric Scooter Rentals Increase
According to one news source, rental scooter accidents are becoming more common throughout the country. In Dallas earlier this year, the city passed regulations allowing bike share companies to rent motorized scooters to customers in a six-month pilot program. The scooters can travel up to 15 mph. The scooter share companies rolled out hundreds of scooters soon after the regulations were passed. Dallas estimates there are about 6,000 e-scooters in the city now.
Although not very many scooter injuries have been reported so far, that may be because people who get into a scooter accident do not usually call 911 or otherwise ask for help unless it involves a car or serious injury. However, the city did find that there were at least 13 reported injuries and one fatality related to scooter accidents. The fatality involved a 24-year-old who died while riding a rental scooter home from work.
One local hospital reported that health professionals reported that they had seen about one to three scooter accidents a month, which would be between 160 to 480 e-scooter injuries. One medical professional stated that they treated three scooter injury victims in just one shift.
Have You Been Injured?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Maryland motor vehicle crash, you may be able to bring a negligence claim against the responsible party. The personal injury attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen represent accident victims in the Baltimore area and throughout the region. If you are dealing with the aftermath of a serious car crash, you can’t afford to go it alone. Our injury attorneys take pride in advocating for the rights of victims, and understand the complex issues that can arise in personal injury cases. Contact us today at 1-800-654-1949 to set up a free consultation.
More Blog Posts:
The Importance of Properly Pleading a Maryland Personal Injury Case?, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published October 18, 2018.
Recovering after a Maryland Hit-and-Run Motorcycle Accident, Maryland Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Blog, published November 6, 2018.