The city of Dallas has received requests from three new scooter companies to put as many as 2,200 more scooters on our streets and they could be here as soon as this month. Until a little over a year ago, nobody really knew what electric scooters were. Now, if you have spent any time in the city then you have seen them zooming around.
However, we also know that electric scooters have caused many injuries around the country and right here in Dallas. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we understand that you may need help in the aftermath of a scooter crash. You can count on us when you need a Dallas personal injury attorney to help recover the compensation you deserve.
So Much Potential Damage
Dr. Araiza at Methodist Dallas says he has seen more than 30 people with scooter-related injuries over the last six months. A Baylor in Dallas from July to January, there were more than 88 ER visits due to scooter injuries, including one fatality.
One man, 32-year-old Michael Zavala, had more than 20 breaks in his leg from a scooter crash injury. He now has nerve damage and is still walking with a crutch after surgeries and a long recovery period.
Electric scooters have been touted as the next big thing in city transportation, a way to allow people to leave their vehicles behind. Getting access to a scooter is not difficult. With one click of a button on a smartphone app, anyone can be off on a scooter.
- No training required
- No helmet required
This is a danger not just to the rider, but also to other pedestrians in and around the streets. Electric scooters can go up to 15 mph. An inexperienced rider is a danger to themselves, that much is certain, but innocent bystanders can suffer just as much harm if they are struck.
“It can be life changing,” said Dr. Araiza. “A lot of people who can’t afford to take time off from work are all of a sudden out for at least three to six months until they recover from the injuries.”
Mr. Zavala, the man who broke his leg, ended up with $150,000 in medical bills and not all of it was covered by insurance.
How We Will Help
Nobody expects that they will get injured when they are out and about in the city, but electric scooters have opened up an entirely new dynamic. They have little regulation and more and more show up each day. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we know the potential for injuries is there and we want to help. We will work diligently to secure compensation for:
- Your medical expenses
- Lost wages if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages
When you need a Dallas personal injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700. Let us get to work so you can focus on healing and being with family.