Richmond Dockless Scooter Accident Guide
No matter where you live in the Richmond, Virginia area, you’ve probably come across at least one dockless electric scooter around town. In our area, these sharable transportation devices are most commonly owned and operated by Bird or Lime and have caused quite a disturbance since their arrival last year. The main reason people are concerned about these scooters is due to the safety of riders. That’s why we’ve put together this article to help you navigate your options if you’re involved in an accident on one of these scooters. If you’re involved in an accident on a dockless electric scooter, it’s important to take these steps and safety precautions immediately.
Step 1: Your Safety First
When you’re involved in any accident, especially one involving a dockless electric scooter or another vehicle, the first thing you need to do after the accident is make sure you are safe. Many riders of Bird and Lime scooters do not know exactly where they should be while riding the scooter. Some individuals ride on the roads or bike lanes while others cruise down the sidewalks. No matter where your accident occurs, make sure you and anyone else involved are moved out of the road or bike lane and on to a safe place out of traffic’s way immediately. By moving away from the road, you can help avoid another accident. If you need to seek immediate medical attention, do so right away.
Step 2: Check On Others
If you have assessed the damages to yourself and you have decided that you can wait to seek medical attention, turn your attention to others who may have been involved in the accident. Oftentimes, accidents involve a pedestrian, vehicle, cyclist, or another scooter rider. Make sure everyone is okay before proceeding to notify the police.
Step 3: Contact the Police
Once you’ve assessed any injuries to anyone involved and you’re a safe distance from the road, it’s important to contact the police as soon as possible. Having the accident documented will help you later on if you do need to take legal action. The police can also offer assistance to those involved in the accident and contact a medical team at any time if necessary. If you do not file a report immediately, be sure to contact the police later and document the incident.
Step 4: Gather Information
This is when you’ll get all of the information you’ll need to talk to the other individuals in the accident and exchange insurance information and/or contact information. Be sure to take photos of the accident location and the damages done to those involved or any property that may have been damaged during the accident.
Step 5: Seek Medical Attention
At this point, you should go seek medical attention immediately if you haven’t already. A thorough exam from a medical professional within the first 24 hours after an accident can help ensure that you do not have any injuries or internal trauma as a result of the accident.
Step 6: Contact Alexander Law Group, PLC
It’s critical that you contact an attorney to discuss your case right away. At Alexander Law Group, PLC, your consultation is free. It may be difficult to understand your case and the Bird Rental Agreement that all riders must agree to. While this limits liability on Bird, it does not restrict rights of riders completely. The company could be responsible for a rider’s damages if Bird caused or contributed to the incident through some act of negligence. Having a legal team on your side can help determine if your accident was a result of negligence and how to proceed with legal action.
Our team understands how difficult it can be to navigate your legal options alone. You will be able to meet with a qualified lawyer, go over the specific facts related to your case, and ask any questions that you might have. Bring any pertinent forms, police reports, medical records, and medical bills with you to the consultation appointment. These will help guide your lawyer when proceeding with your case. Our team will listen to you and work to help you navigate your claim and get the compensation you are entitled to. We can easily be reached via telephone at (804) 271-1969.