San Antonio E-Scooter Accident Lawyer
When it comes to getting around in dense urban areas like the Alamo City, people now have a choice in addition to walking or driving. E-scooters are especially popular in tourist-heavy cities, like San Antonio. These vehicles are not quite bicycles and not quite motorcycles. As a result, e-scooter accidents often cause serious injuries. That’s especially true since most e-scooter riders don’t wear helmets. Furthermore, the companies that manufacture these vehicles often take shortcuts, so they can boost their profits.
In contrast, the diligent San Antonio e-scooter accident lawyers at the Law Office of Israel Garcia never take shortcuts. Instead, we begin every legal claim with a conversation, so we can determine your needs and goals in a particular situation. Then, we collect evidence that supports your claim and refutes insurance company defenses. This slow and steady approach usually produces results that exceed our clients’ expectations.
E-Scooter Crashes, Driver Error, and E-Scooter Accidents
In this context, the a-word is misleading. Generally, car crashes are not “accidents.” People accidentally leave the blender on. They don’t accidentally cause vehicle collisions. That’s especially true in driver impairment cases, such as:
● Alcohol Use: In the 1980s, alcohol caused about a third of the fatal car crashes in San Antonio. In response, authorities launched a decades-long crackdown against “drunk drivers.” All these years later, alcohol still causes about a third of the fatal vehicle collisions in Texas. Laws have changed, but driver habits haven’t changed.
● Fatigue: Drowsiness is another bad driver habit that seemingly won’t go away. Many drivers ignore the risk of fatigued driving. Yet driving after eighteen consecutive awake hours, which is like driving home after a long day at the office, is like driving with a .04 BAC level.
● Medical Condition: Many Texans struggle with serious medical conditions, like heart disease and epilepsy, that could cause a sudden loss of consciousness. Driving is very dangerous for these people. Moderate illnesses, like the flu, usually don’t pose such risks. However, they reduce driving ability by as much as 50 percent.
Other forms of driver impairment include drug use and device distraction. Marijuana is the most common cause of drugged driving, followed by prescription pain pills and some over-the-counter medicines, like Benadryl. Although the dangers of device distraction are well-chronicled, many motorists choose to ignore these risks.
Operational errors, which are usually related to lack of rider visibility, also cause a number of e-scooter wrecks in San Antonio. Many motorists have a hard time seeing slow and small e-scooters. That’s especially true since so many people drive large vehicles, like pickups and SUVs, that are difficult to see around.
That fact doesn’t excuse driver negligence. If anything, it makes it easier for a San Antonio e-scooter accident lawyer to prove negligence in court. When visibility is limited, drivers have a duty to slow down and be more careful.
Outdoor elements like sun, wind, and rain are very hard on people and machines. E-scooters are out in these elements practically 24/7/365, and routine maintenance on these vehicles is almost unheard of. As a result, there’s a good chance that the e-scooter on the corner is in less than perfect operational condition. Because these vehicles are so dangerous, there’s little margin for error.
Sometimes, mechanical problems occur in e-scooters before they get to the corner. Design defects and manufacturing defects are quite common on these devices. Many companies put profits above people.
Usually, manufacturers are strictly liable for damages in these cases. These damages usually include compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. Additional punitive damages may be available as well, in some extreme cases.
Work With a Compassionate San Antonio Scooter Accident Lawyer
Accident victims are entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced e-scooter accident lawyer in San Antonio, contact the Law Office of Israel Garcia. You have a limited amount of time to act.