Were you hurt in an accident on a Bird, Lime, or another electric scooter in Oklahoma? Did a negligent scooter rider cause you to suffer severe injuries? If so, the e-scooter accident attorneys of Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons want to hear from you right away.
We represent people who’ve been hurt in accidents that were caused by someone else. We’ll do everything in our power to seek justice and fair compensation for the harm you’ve suffered.
Our attorneys handle all aspects of your case from start to finish so you can focus on healing and getting back on your feet. We understand the impact an injury from an accident can have on your life and the lives of the people who depend on you. We’ll work to hold the responsible party accountable, whether it was a scooter rider, a motorist, a cyclist, the scooter company, a government agency, or someone else.
As e-scooters grow in popularity and become more common on our city streets, accidents are bound to happen. If you find yourself the victim of an e-scooter accident, you don’t have to suffer silently. Let our team of qualified, knowledgeable injury attorneys help you pursue the compensation you need to pay your medical bills, recoup lost wages, and move on with your life.
Schedule your free consultation to discuss your e-scooter injury case with us by calling us, by chatting with us live, or by filling out a contact form today.
How Common Are E-Scooter Accidents in OKC?
There are many factors that can contribute to an e-scooter accident. With Lime and Bird scooters popping up in cities like Oklahoma City and Tulsa in recent years, accidents involving these vehicles have increased significantly. At least 11 deaths have been connected to e-scooters, the Associated Press reported. The injuries sustained can range from minor to life-threatening.
More than 1,500 riders across the United States have been injured since e-scooters were introduced in 2017, a Consumer Reports survey discovered. In Oklahoma City, 1 out of every 3 people injured in an accident involving an e-scooter required medical attention.
In Oklahoma City, lawmakers imposed ordinances restricting companies from placing e-scooters in specific areas. The companies are also required to place GPS restrictions on their vehicles that would not allow riders to operate the vehicles in restricted areas.
In Oklahoma City, the following rules are in place for e-scooter riders:
- E-scooters are not permitted on trails or sidewalks. Riding in bike lanes or on the street is allowed.
- Riders must obey the rules of the road, including stopping at stop signs and traffic lights.
- Pedestrians have the right-of-way, so scooter riders must yield to them.
- Riders should deposit their scooters next to the curb when done riding. They must not block walkways.
- Riders must follow all posted instructions provided by the scooter company.
Despite these regulations, injury accidents on scooters still happen when riders lack experience, aren’t cautious, or are operating the vehicles under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Crashes also occur when others act carelessly, including negligent motorists and others.
Common Types of Accidents Involving E-Scooters
Some common types of accidents involving e-scooters include:
- Motor vehicles – Motorists are used to paying attention to other cars, but might not pay attention to the slow-moving motorized scooter. If the motorist is distracted, under the influence or simply doesn’t see the rider, an accident could easily occur.
- Pedestrians – Pedestrians crossing streets typically have the right of way over any mode of transportation. E-scooter riders must not ride on sidewalks or trails (particularly in OKC) and must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.
- Bicycles – Cyclists have to follow the same rules of the road as motorists. In Oklahoma City, scooter riders are allowed to ride in the bike lane, so cyclists must also share this space with them. If either party is careless or reckless, a serious injury accident could occur.
- Hazardous roads – Potholes, construction, debris, and fallen tree branches can potentially cause the rider to crash and suffer severe injuries.
What Injuries Are Common While Riding a Bird or Other E-Scooter?
The e-scooter injury lawyers at Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons know how dangerous scooter accidents can be. These vehicles consist of little more than two small wheels, a battery, a standing board, and a steering column and brake system. There is little to nothing to protect the rider from harm if they are hit by a vehicle or fall off for any reason.
Because scooter companies don’t provide helmets with each vehicle, there is a good chance that the rider will have no protection for their head in the event of an accident, making severe head and brain injuries even more likely. In fact, the most commonly reported e-scooter injuries in hospitals and urgent care facilities are closed head injuries.
Other common injuries include:
- Road rash
- Cuts and lacerations
- Broken or fractured bones
- Blunt chest and abdominal trauma
- Severe bleeding
- Organ damage
Are There Laws Established for E-Scooters?
E-scooter riders must obey all traffic laws and follow the specific ordinances in Oklahoma City. The newly implemented scooter laws in OKC prohibit e-scooters from being ridden on sidewalks. They must ride on the street, either in a bike lane or as far right on the road as they can travel.
Riders are also required to follow traffic laws that motorists must follow, such as stopping at stoplights and stop signs. As with any type of vehicle on the road, a pedestrian crossing the street always has the right of way, and a rider on an e-scooter must yield.
Even though the vehicle’s small size allows for it, riders are also not allowed to ride between lanes in order to pass through traffic quickly. Operating your e-scooter under the influence is also prohibited and covered under DUI statutes. When an e-scooter is not in use, they must be parked close to the curb of a sidewalk or next to a bike rack without blocking foot traffic.
Who Pays for Damages in an E-Scooter Accident?
Hiring a Bird scooter accident lawyer in OKC is crucial when you need to seek compensation for your injuries after a crash.
At Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons, we know the steps we need to take and evidence we need to collect to prove someone was at fault for your accident. When we are able to determine who was liable for your injuries, the types of damages we can claim could include medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional distress.
If you were hit by a motor vehicle, we’ll first seek compensation from the driver’s auto insurance. All motorists in the state of Oklahoma are required to carry auto insurance with minimum liability limits. Based on the limits found in their policy, we can file a claim and demand that the amount be paid out so you can cover your expenses.
In the event a motorist hit you while riding an e-scooter, the person’s auto insurance policy will usually cover expenses such as:
- Hospital or urgent care
- Physical therapy
- Inpatient rehab
- Lost wages
- Medical devices
If your crash was caused by a defective roadway, you could seek compensation from the government entity that was responsible the hazardous condition. In some cases, the scooter company itself could be responsible, especially if the vehicle was defective or improperly maintained.
The scooter company will likely do all that it can to deny liability for your crash, so be sure to hire an attorney with the right experience to take on these large companies that own the scooters here in Oklahoma.
How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me After an E-Scooter Accident?
The electric scooter injury lawyer you hire from Ryan Bisher Ryan & Simons will work hard to seek justice for you. With office hours every single day of the week, you’ll never have to wait long for us to call you back. You can feel comfortable knowing you’ll be able to reach us whenever you need us.
When you hire us, you’ll be paired with an attorney who has extensive experience and knowledge handling e-scooter accidents specifically. We have the resources and knowledge of the laws and statutes regarding Bird scooters and we’ll put that experience to work on your case.
We offer free consultations so there’s absolutely no risk in speaking with us about your accident. We’ll be happy to schedule an initial meeting with you wherever it is most convenient, including in the comfort of your own home or at the hospital.
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