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Queens Electric Scooter Accident Lawyer

Queens Electric Scooter Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident involving an electric scooter in Queens, NY, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced Queens electric scooter accident lawyer at Oresky & Associates, PLLC can help you fight to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Our team of attorneys has over 30 years of collective experience. Our dedicated approach has helped us recover over $400 million in compensation for our injured clients over the years.

Electric scooters are relatively new in NYC. That means accident claims can be complex. To learn more about your legal options, contact our law offices in Queens, New York to schedule a free consultation today at (718) 993-9999.

How Can Oresky & Associates, PLLC Help After an Electric Scooter Accident in Queens, NY?

How Can Oresky & Associates, PLLC Help After an Electric Scooter Accident in Queens, NY?

You should never underestimate the cost of an injury. It’s equally true that you should expect the insurance company to try everything possible to delay and undervalue your injury claim. They may try to blame you, claim you failed to mitigate damages, or even argue that your injuries were pre-existing.

An experienced Queens personal injury lawyer can work to counter the insurance scare tactics.

At Oresky & Associates, PLLC, our lawyers have been handling cases like yours since 1992. Over the years, we’ve been recognized for our success on many levels. We’ve been included in New York Magazine’s “New York’s Leading Personal Injury Lawyers.” We’ve also been listed as Super Lawyers and members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

We can help you get results by:

  • Launching our own investigation into the accident
  • Uncovering evidence to support your case
  • Calculating the value of your personal injury claim
  • Hiring expert witnesses to testify about your case
  • Negotiating with the insurance companies so that you don’t have to

You don’t have to fight the insurance companies alone. Call our trusted Queens personal injury attorneys to learn more about creating an attorney-client relationship today.

How Common Are Electric Scooter Accidents in Queens?

Electric scooters are becoming more popular by the day. Unfortunately, the rate of e-scooter accidents has also increased since electric scooters became street legal. Across the U.S., about 50,000 accident victims visited the hospital with e-scooter accident injuries between 2017 and 2019. At least 27 fatalities were reported during that period.

Electric scooters are now legal on the streets of Queens and across New York City.

Since 2020, 588 electric scooter accidents have been reported in New York City. At least 538 people have been injured, and three pedestrians were killed in e-scooter accidents.

What is My Queens Electric Scooter Accident Case Worth?

The unsatisfactory answer is that it depends. More severe injuries tend to result in higher settlement awards and verdicts–but that’s not always the case.

Any number of factors can impact your case value. Some of the most relevant factors are:

  • The type of injuries involved
  • Your prognosis–including your need for future medical care
  • The cost of your past and current medical treatment
  • How the injury impacts your ability to earn a living now and in the future
  • The emotional trauma of the accident and injury
  • Whether you share any fault for the crash
  • The amount of available insurance coverage

Recovering the full compensation you deserve is important whether you’ve sustained a serious injury or are expected to recover fully. It’s often the only way to protect your financial security. Unfortunately, insurance companies often pressure victims into accepting a fast settlement. Those settlements usually don’t account for the full extent of your damages.

Our lawyers at Oresky & Associates, PLLC offer a free case review so you can get more information about your case value before accepting an insurance settlement. To schedule yours, call our Queens electric scooter accident attorneys today.

What Types of Damages Are Available to Electric Scooter Accident Victims in Queens?

New York personal injury laws classify damages according to whether they compensate a victim for financial expenses or intangible losses.

Your financial expenses are called economic damages. They may include:

 

Non-economic damages are awarded to compensate victims for their personal and intangible losses, such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Anxiety, depression, and PTSD
  • Loss of consortium

Putting a price tag on these personal losses can be difficult. Our lawyers have experience handling the valuation process. While your case is different from anyone else’s, our experience in other cases can make it easier to convince insurance companies to agree to the full amount you deserve.

Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for an Electric Scooter Accident in New York?

You can recover damages if you’re partly to blame for an accident. Under New York’s pure comparative negligence law, however, your compensation will be reduced to reflect your percentage of fault.

If you’re assigned 30% of the blame, your settlement or verdict will be reduced by 30%. If you’re assigned 80% of the blame, you’re still entitled to 20% of your damages if someone else shares fault.

We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Electric Scooter Accident Injuries

As in a bike accident, wearing a helmet can limit an e-scooter rider’s chances of sustaining life-changing brain damage. On the other hand, a helmet can’t protect you from every serious injury. If you’re hit by an e-scooter while walking around Queens, you won’t have any protection in a crash.

At Oresky & Associates, PLLC, our lawyers in Queens often represent accident victims who have suffered:

Studies show that most electric scooter accident injuries involve injury to the head, upper extremities, and lower extremities. The most serious injuries tend to occur when the e-scooter is involved in a car accident.

What Causes Most Electric Scooter Accidents in Queens, New York?

By now, most of us have seen e-scooters on the streets and sidewalks of Queens. While accidents can and do happen for many different reasons, they often occur when Queens scooter drivers are inexperienced or reckless. In other cases, drivers in motor vehicles may simply not see the smaller e-scooter.

Some of the leading causes of electric scooter accidents are:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding, aggressive driving, and other reckless driving behaviors
  • Weaving through pedestrians on city sidewalks
  • Inexperienced riders
  • Riding double on the electric scooter
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and vehicles
  • Passing too closely to the e-scooter
  • Dangerous turns
  • Parking the electric scooter in prohibited locations where pedestrians might trip and fall
  • Potholes and uneven pavement
  • Driving the scooter in prohibited areas
  • Failure to yield at intersections
  • Drunk driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Defective e-scooters
  • Problems with the e-scooter’s steering equipment, brakes, or batteries
  • Power surges

Because electric scooters are so new, many people aren’t sure where they should ride them. A lack of dedicated infrastructure, such as bike lanes and barriers, can also lead to accidents.

How Do I Prove Negligence After an Electric Scooter Accident in New York?

The same personal injury laws that apply in any other motor vehicle accident case apply in crashes involving e-scooters. As such, most e-scooter accident victims must prove negligence to recover damages.

Negligence means:

  • The responsible party owed you a legal duty of care
  • They breached the duty of care by acting carelessly, recklessly, or wrongfully
  • The breach of duty was the direct and proximate cause of the accident
  • You sustained damages, or injuries and other losses

Our lawyers are here to help you gather the evidence you need to prove your case. We have the resources to conduct our own investigation.

We’ll gather and evaluate:

  • Police and accident reports
  • Video surveillance footage
  • Statements from eyewitnesses
  • Photos of the accident scene
  • Other hard evidence from the accident scene
  • Information about the e-scooter rental company’s maintenance history
  • Data about the scooter itself

Don’t wait too long to consult a lawyer. After your accident, evidence may disappear, and witnesses can be more difficult to locate.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After an Electric Scooter Accident in New York?

Under the New York statute of limitations, accident victims typically have three years to file a personal injury lawsuit. The three-year clock starts running on the date of your accident. After three years, you won’t be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries.

Contact a Queens Electric Scooter Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Don’t rely on attorney advertising alone. Quality legal advice is just a phone call away if you or a loved one were injured in an electric scooter accident in NYC. A Queens electric scooter accident lawyer at Oresky & Associates, PLLC can review your case for free. Call our law firm today to learn more about our legal practice and experience.

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