In Florida, the weather is so nice, that many citizens and even visitors elect to take a scooter around town instead of a car. There is something freeing about cruising down the street in a small scooter and being able to park all over downtown, plus the gas is cheap. But what happens when a car isn’t paying attention and slams into the scooter you are operating? The damages could be catastrophic, and the injuries you walk away with could be permanent.
What should you do first following an accident on a scooter?
If you were involved in an accident on a scooter, the first thing you should do is seek medical treatment of you believe you were severely injured as a result. Get examined by the EMS or paramedics and if they recommend additional care at the scene, do that and take care of yourself first. If you feel as though you are able to walk around the scene of the accident, take photos of the damage to the scooter and the vehicle that hit you. You should also take photos of your injuries. Both of these will be useful if you need to file a claim for your injuries down the road.
Should I call the police?
Yes. If there was an accident, even if you weren’t injured, you should always call the police and report it. The police will come out and take statements and do a report. They will also collect valuable information related to all parties involved including contact info and insurance information. This information will help so that you do not have to collect that information down the road. Having a police report is invaluable. It will be proof that the incident occurred, and the insurance company will be able to speed up the handling of the claim if there is a report available.
Do I need to treat for my injuries following a scooter accident?
As with any personal injury, if you are in pain and feel like you need assistance, you should see a physician. If you are in pain and the injuries were stemming from the accident on the scooter you can treat to repair those injuries. If you were involved in the accident and you feel like you are not injured, then there is no need to treat extensively. If you got to the hospital and see a chiropractor after that for a month or so, that may be all you need to do.
Am I entitled to damages because of the scooter accident?
If your scooter was damaged and you suffered injuries stemming from the accident, you are entitled to be made whole again as long as you are not at fault. You will likely need to get an attorney involved to submit a claim on your behalf for the injury portion. The property damage side should be taken care of by the insurance company. They will likely look at the scooter and repair it if they can or give you a check for the value of the scooter if they deem it a total loss. For your injuries, if you treat and rack up bills, you will likely be compensated for those damages via a personal injury claim. You should always be cautious when the insurance company initially reaches out to you and tries to offer you a monetary settlement. Often times, this settlement amount if way too low and if you sign a release in exchange for that money, you are banned from pursuing a claim against them. So always be very careful when you are speaking with the insurance company about settlement. If you are planning on hiring an attorney to represent you, it is best to let the insurance company know that and then give the insurance company your attorneys phone number. They will handle the communications with insurance on your behalf.
Do you need an attorney for your scooter accident?
If you were involved in an accident on a scooter, you may want to hire a personal injury attorney to represent you. Dealing with the insurance company can be a daunting task and you never want to try and do it alone. The attorneys at the Lopez Law Group are here to assist and have experience helping those involved in scooter accidents. We can be reached at 727-933-0015. Our attorneys are standing by and are ready to assist. The longer you wait the more it could impact your case.