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Chicago E-Scooter Injury Attorneys

Personal Injury Lawyers for Accidents Involving Electric Scooters in Illinois

Electric scooters are the latest trend in urban transportation, and they have begun appearing in cities throughout the United States, including on the streets of Chicago. Companies like Bird, Lime, Lyft, and VeoRide offer these scooters for rental, which can be done through a smartphone app. However, while e-scooters may provide benefits such as reducing traffic congestion and allowing people to get from place to place quickly and efficiently, they also present a significant risk of injury.

In cities where electric scooters have been approved for use, hospitals have seen a significant increase in the number of injuries involving these devices. In some cases, scooter riders have been injured because of faulty devices, but other people, such as pedestrians or bicyclists, have also reported injuries that were caused by scooter drivers.

At Livas Law Group, A Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, we have represented multiple clients in cases involving e-scooter injuries, and we understand the legal issues involved in these situations. We are prepared to help you determine who was liable for your injuries, and we will work to help you recover compensation for your damages. Contact us at 312-804-6102 to schedule a free consultation.

Types of Scooter Injuries

Pursuing Compensation for Serious Injuries

Electric scooter accidents can happen for a number of reasons, including defective devices, roadway hazards, and collisions with motor vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, or other scooters. Faulty brakes may result in a scooter stopping suddenly, causing a rider to suffer a fall, or they may cause a rider to be unable to slow down in time to avoid being struck by a car or truck. These types of incidents have resulted in a wide variety of serious injuries. People have suffered broken bones and dislocated joints, including elbows, wrists, ankles, and shoulders. Others have experienced traumatic brain injuries, which can have long-lasting effects on a person's memory, cognitive functions, and mood. Some cases have involved severe lacerations to the head, face, or neck which resulted in significant blood loss, while other people have suffered permanent nerve injuries or damage to tendons and ligaments. When these injuries occur because of the negligence of a scooter manufacturer, rental company, scooter rider, or another party, victims may be able to pursue compensation that will cover damages such as medical treatment, lost income, and pain and suffering.

Chicago Scooter Sharing Pilot Area

Starting in June of 2019, the City of Chicago has begun a "pilot program" to test the use of electric scooters in the city. During this four-month program, e-scooters will be available in a 50-square-mile area on the city's west side. Around 2,500 scooters will be made available by the 10 companies that have been approved to provide rentals, and they will be "dockless," meaning that they can be picked up and dropped off at any location. Due to the lack of an official parking system, scooters parked on sidewalks may present a hazard to pedestrians, bicyclists, or other scooter riders. Injuries may also occur when people attempt to use these devices without being familiar with their operation or the rules of the road that they are required to follow.

Scooter Pilot Map

Injuries Caused by Scooter Drivers

Risks of Injury for Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Others

E-scooters are a fairly new technology, and many people are not accustomed to sharing the roads and sidewalks with these vehicles. While scooter riders are meant to follow the proper safety precautions and only use scooters in approved areas, they may not fully understand how to operate these vehicles safely, and they may not know where scooters can and cannot be driven. In addition, defective scooters can not only endanger their users, but they may cause a rider to lose control of a scooter and strike another person or vehicle.

E-scooters can travel up to 15 miles per hour, and while this may seem slow when compared to a car or truck, it is fast enough that others may be unable to avoid being struck by a scooter that is out of control. At this speed, a pedestrian or bicyclist that collides with a scooter is likely to suffer serious fall injuries. In some cases, a person may even be pushed into traffic, causing them to be struck by a motor vehicle, which can result in severe injuries or death. When injuries are caused by scooter drivers, victims should work with an attorney to determine their options for recovering compensation.


Chicago Scooter Injury Team


Christopher S. Livas

Christopher S. Livas

Attorney

Christopher S. Livas joined Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz after being admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2015. Mr. Livas focuses his practice on medical malpractice, wrongful death, nursing home negligence, and personal injury. Christopher received his Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2015.

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Lauren A. O’Keefe

Lauren A. O’Keefe

Medical Legal Consultant

Lauren A. O'Keefe joined Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz in 2013 to aid the firm in taking a well-rounded, informed approach to their clients' injury cases. Ms. O'Keefe has nearly a decade of experience as a medical legal consultant. She focuses on medical malpractice, birth injuries, personal injury, and wrongful death.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • FAQ

    What happens when electric scooters are defective?

    Since e-scooters are a relatively new technology, they do not always function as expected. In some cases, the brakes on these devices have been known to lock up, and if this happens when someone is traveling close to the scooter speed limit of 15 miles per hour, it can send them flying over the handlebars. If the brakes do not stop a scooter, or if an e-scooter does not accelerate correctly, a driver may be unable to avoid colliding with another person or vehicle.

  • FAQ

    Who is responsible for e-scooter injuries?

    If a person is injured because of a defective electric scooter, the product manufacturer or scooter rental company may be liable. If a scooter rider is struck by a motor vehicle, the driver of that vehicle may be at fault. If a person on a scooter collides with and injures a pedestrian or bicyclist, the scooter driver may be liable for their injuries. Our attorneys can help establish liability for an accident and determine the best options for pursuing compensation.

  • FAQ

    What should I do if I was injured by a scooter driven by someone else?

    If possible, get the contact information of the scooter driver. If it was a hit and run accident, note the location where the accident occurred and, if possible, the scooter rental company. Our attorneys can help you identify the scooter driver who hit you by requesting records from the scooter company or obtaining other types of evidence, such as footage from any nearby security cameras.

  • FAQ

    While riding a scooter I hit a pothole and was injured. Who is responsible?

    The City of Chicago may be liable for failing to address road hazards such as potholes that were the direct cause of your injury. In addition, the scooter company or manufacturer may be liable if there was a defect in the scooter that made it impossible for you to avoid a hazard.

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