Seattle Scooter Accidents Lawyer

Dockless scooters are popping up all over the country, and many people enjoy riding them. Unfortunately, scooters riders are often seriously injured when accidents happen for numerous reasons — equipment defects, lack of maintenance, motor vehicle negligence, dangerous road conditions, and a host of other reasons. With very little to protect themselves, scooter drivers are often severely injured and left wondering how they are going to recover and pay their bills.

Did you suffer severe injuries or was your loved one killed in a scooter accident in the Greater Seattle area? You are very likely to be accused of being at fault for your crash, and you will want to make sure that you have somebody on your side.

The The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee can be your advocate and fight to help you recover every dollar of compensation that you need and deserve. Call (206) 899-5415 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.

Do I Need a Scooter Accidents Lawyer?

Because most scooter accident victims are assumed to have been at fault for their accidents, you will likely need to fight against unfair presumptions about your conduct. Insurance companies look for ways to claim that your negligence caused the crash. When the evidence at the scene is not enough to prove this alone, one way that insurers accomplish this goal is by getting statements from victims.

After you have reported your accident to an insurance company, an agent or claims adjuster will likely contact you and ask you to provide a recorded statement. You should always refuse this offer, as it usually an attempt to get you unknowingly to admit to some negligence in your accident. Let an attorney speak to an insurance company for you.

Insurance companies may also offer you a lump-sum settlement and then aggressively pressure you into accepting it — often before you have even had a chance to contact a lawyer. You have the right to refuse to your offer, and you should know that an attorney will probably be able to help you recover much more than what you could on your own.

Why Choose the The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee to Handle My Case?

Jeffrey R. Caffee has been admitted to state courts in Washington since 2009 and has been honored as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers every year since 2013. He is a member of the King County Bar Association, the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, and the Washington State Bar Association.

Mr. Caffee was honored by The International Academy of Trial Lawyers in 2009 with an Award for Advocacy for distinguished achievement in the art and science of advocacy. He received his Bachelor of Science from Saint Leo University before earning his Juris Doctor at the University of Notre Dame Law School.

The The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee represents people on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not pay unless you recover a monetary award. Our firm will work toward a settlement that provides for your every need, and we can also file a lawsuit when an insurance company refuses to provide appropriate damages.

Types of Scooter Accident Cases We Handle

No two scooter accidents are the same, but many have similarities. In general, the four most common kinds of scooter accidents include but are not limited to:

Motor Vehicle Collisions — Negligent automobile drivers may cause collisions on city streets or other areas.

Defective Scooters — Improperly maintained scooters could make scooter rental companies liable, while defective scooter parts could make manufacturers liable.

Collisions with Pedestrians — A scooter rider can easily collide with a pedestrian, and disputes about liability are frequently contested in these cases.

Dangerous Road Conditions — Potholes, defective roadways, or other issues that were correctable by the governmental entity charged with the maintenance of the roadway could make that group liable.

Injuries that people can suffer in scooter accidents include but are not limited to:

  • Nerve damage
  • Paralysis
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Road rash
  • Muscle strains
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Spinal cord injuries

When scooter accident injuries are fatal, the family members of the deceased can file a wrongful death action against the negligent party.

Seattle Scooter Accidents Statistics

On September 28, 2018, the Spokesman-Review reported that a hospital in Salt Lake City had seen a 161 percent increase in the number of visits involving scooters. The University of Utah Health’s emergency room treated eight patients injured by scooters between June and September 2017, but they treated 21 patients during the same period in 2018, only three months after dockless e-scooters appeared on city streets.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reported in August 2001 that there were 2,250 emergency room-treated injuries associated with motorized scooters in the first seven months of 2001. The estimated 4,390 hospital emergency room-treated injuries involving scooters in 2000 were a more than 200 percent increase from the 1,330 injuries in 2000.

The CPSC reported in April 2007 that 10,015 emergency room-treated injuries for the period July 1, 2003, through June 30, 2004, were related to powered scooters. The vehicles contributed directly to incidents in roughly 20 percent of the cases, and issues included handlebars coming loose or detached, front wheels wobbling, and brakes failing to engage.

Contact a Seattle Scooter Accidents Attorney Today

If you sustained catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed in any kind of scooter accident in the Seattle area, do not wait to retain legal counsel. A scooter accident lawyer will be extremely beneficial for helping you recover all of the compensation that you are entitled.

The The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee understands the complexities of scooter accident claims, and we know how to hold negligent parties accountable. Call (206) 899-5415 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.

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The first thing you should do after any scooter accident is to make sure to get medical attention. Even if you do not believe you were hurt, you should still go to the hospital as a necessary precaution. You may have suffered injuries unknown to you. Contact the local law enforcement agency and ask to file a police report, especially when another vehicle was involved. Try to take as many photographs as you can of everything from the scene of your crash. Get pictures of people and vehicles as well as anything else you think may have been a contributing factor, and also get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses. When you cannot do this yourself, ask a friend, family member, or neighbor to do this for you. Contact an attorney as soon as possible.

Any action that resulted in injury must be filed within three years of the date of the accident under the Revised Code of Washington § 4.16.080. A wrongful death lawsuit needs to be filed within three years of the date of a person’s death, and that date could be several days, weeks, or months after the original accident. The statute of limitations can be tolled (or delayed) under the Revised Code of Washington § 4.16.190 when a victim is under the 18 years of age, is imprisoned on a criminal charge prior to sentencing, or is “incompetent or disabled to such a degree that he or she cannot understand the nature of the proceedings.” These individuals will be given three years from the respective dates that they turn 18, are released from prison, or become mentally competent. If a defendant leaves the state or is trying to evade authorities, the Revised Code of Washington § 4.16.180 also allows for the statute of limitations to be delayed until the defendant is located.

Yes. Washington is one of only 12 states in the country that uses a pure comparative fault system in negligence cases, which means that a person can recover damages even if they were more at fault than the defendant. A person’s damages, however, will be reduced by their degree of fault, so a person who is awarded $100,000 in a scooter accident case but is found to have been 70 percent at fault would have their damages reduced by $70,000 and ultimately receive $30,000.

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The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee has years of experience handling all manner of injury cases. Our Seattle scooter accident attorneys care about you and want to help you through the overwhelming challenges that you face as a victim of another person's negligence. Our firm is available at (206) 899-5415.