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Tips for Avoiding Electric Scooter Accidents Electric scooter use is gaining popularity among people in larger cities due to their small size and easy operation. Many people like them since they are environmentally friendly compared to vehicles. They also provide a relaxing ride since the user does not have to exert much physical effort. Chicago has started a pilot program where residents or visitors can rent e-scooters within a designated mileage area. The Livas Law Group, a Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, has handled many different types of personal injury cases, including those involving electric scooters. Our experienced attorneys can secure compensation for you if you have been injured in an electric scooter accident

Safety Precautions While Riding an E-Scooter

Some electric scooter accidents simply cannot be avoided, even if you are alert and aware of your surroundings. The following are a few practical safety tips for riding: 

  • Wear protective gear: Always wear a helmet. A mouthguard can be helpful to protect your teeth. Elbow and knee straps protect from scrapes and bumps if you fall off and hit the pavement. Gloves help improve your grip on the handles. 
  • Check the tires: Inspect the tires for any holes and make sure they have adequate pressure before heading out for a ride. If the tread is worn, they can be slippery and should be replaced. 
  • Be aware of your surroundings: Constantly be on the lookout for pedestrians, oncoming traffic, and other obstacles in the road. Stay in designated bike paths. 
  • Be conscious of obstacles: Watch out for debris and defects in the roadway such as potholes, rocks, bumps, and puddles. 
  • Avoid slippery surfaces: Practice caution when riding a scooter on wet or slick surfaces such as marble, wet streets, metal surfaces, and muddy sidewalks. 
  • Travel slowly: Ride at a slow, even pace. Do not go so fast that you lose control and hit someone or something. 
  • Do not ride in severe weather: Rain, hail, or even snow will make pavement or concrete slippery. Lightning storms are very dangerous, and you risk electrocution if you do not seek refuge immediately.

Contact an Illinois Electric Scooter Injury Lawyer

A ride on an e-scooter may not seem like it would be dangerous, but accidents do happen. It is always best to take safety precautions before operating any motorized vehicle, but a rider can still sustain injuries if he or she falls off of the scooter. If you are involved in an accident while riding an e-scooter, you may be able to seek compensation for your pain and suffering. A Chicago personal injury attorney will review the circumstances of your accident to determine liability so you can receive the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at 312-804-6102. 

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