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Scooter Injuries Can Be Serious

Posted on : May 31, 2019Posted By : Russell HillPosted In : Pedestrian Accident

When you are out and about in the city, we know that the last thing you should have to worry about is getting hurt. However, we know that there may be a time when you need help from a pedestrian accident attorney Seattle. That may certainly be the case if the Seattle Mayor gets her way with electric scooters.

At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we are here to help if the negligence of another person causes you harm while you are out on foot. Let us investigate the incident and work to secure the compensation you deserve.

What do you mean, scooters?

By now, you may have heard about the electric scooters that have invaded many major cities across the United States. Touted as a great alternative to vehicles for people to get around, electric scooters have set up shop and seem to be permanent fixtures.

However, they have also caused many major injuries and even some fatalities around the country. That is why many people are wary about them coming to Seattle permanently.

Recently, Seattle Major Jenny Durkan said that she wanted to try a scooter-share pilot program in the city.
Are we ready for thousands of scooters to be unleashed in the city?

How about during rush hour traffic?

The Centers for Disease Control have even released a study recently on the spike of ER visits around the country due to scooter crashes.

Who can be harmed due to these incidents?

  • The scooter riders themselves
  • People struck by scooter riders
  • Pedestrians who trip over discarded scooters

These are pedestrian crashes, and we know that pedestrians are vulnerable in and around the roadways already. They have virtually no protection from injuries. It is not uncommon for us to see the following injuries as a result of scooter and other pedestrian incidents:

  • Spinal cord trauma (possible paralysis)
  • Head injuries/traumatic brain injuries
  • Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
  • Broken or dislocated bones
  • Severe lacerations or road rash

For the latest reporting year in Washington, there were 109 pedestrian crash fatalities and over 2,000 pedestrian crash injuries.

  • Nearly all pedestrian crashes resulted in an injury or fatality.

We already have enough to worry about when it comes to negligent drivers and pedestrians. Are we ready for the scooter invasion?

What happens now?

When you are on foot in and around Seattle, we know you do what you can to stay safe. However, there are times when the negligence of others can cause major injuries. At Russell & Hill, PLLC, we are here to help if you or a loved one have been injured in a scooter incident. Our team will investigate what happened and work to secure compensation for the following:

  • Your medical expenses related to the incident
  • Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of personal enjoyment damages
  • Punitive damages against those responsible

If you need a Seattle pedestrian accident lawyer, you can contact us for a free consultation by calling at 206-516-2045.

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