Myrtle Beach Scooter Accidents Lawyer
Electric or motorized scooters have become increasingly popular in cities across the nation as more of these vehicles have become available because of offerings from companies renting dockless scooters. A dockless scooter has a self-locking mechanism and Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking that allows a user to leave the scooter at a location other than designated service stations when they are done riding it.
Multiple companies rent scooters in Myrtle Beach using the more conventional scooter rental methods, but more people are also purchasing scooters. While two of the biggest dockless scooter rental companies, Bird and Lime, do not yet rent scooters in South Carolina, it has not been because of a lack of effort and it may indeed just be a matter of time before those scooters begin appearing on Myrtle Beach streets.
If you suffered serious injuries or your loved one was killed in a scooter accident in the greater Myrtle Beach area, you do not want to handle your injury claim without legal representation. Insurance companies do not treat scooter injuries with the same level of respect they give most motor vehicle crashes, and victims can struggle to get insurers to take their claims seriously.
The Law Office of William J. Luse will fight to protect your rights and make sure that you receive all of the compensation that you are entitled to. Call (843) 839-4795 or fill out an online contact form to have our Myrtle Beach scooter accidents attorney review your case and help you understand all of your legal options during a consultation.
Why Do I Need a Scooter Accident Lawyer?
Scooter injuries can be complicated claims. An attorney can be vital in helping you pursue your claim and get the full and fair compensation you deserve. An attorney will be able to commence an independent investigation of your accident to determine the cause of your crash, collect the necessary evidence, and then identify the liable parties.
Another reason you will want an attorney is that chances are very good that whoever might be a liable party will very likely deny any wrongdoing. In most cases, the insurance companies for these individuals or entities will turn around and claim that you were at fault for your own injuries.
In some cases, an insurance company may offer a victim a lump sum settlement to resolve their case. You should be extremely skeptical about whatever is offered, as many people find that the settlements they accept are not enough to cover the future costs of medical care required, which then have to be paid out of pocket.
A lawyer can negotiate for a settlement that takes into account the expenses that you have incurred and are expected to incur over the course of your life. For more severe injury claims, these types of costs can often be quite high.
Why Choose Us?
William J. Luse has more than 10 years of legal experience and was named a Top Ten Personal Injury Attorney by the Attorney and Practice Magazine, has been included among the Best Attorneys of America by Best Attorneys of America, LLC, and won the 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award from the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. He is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and state courts all over South Carolina.
The Law Office of William J. Luse will work closely with you when handling your case because it is our firm belief that we know everything about your story. We understand the small but important personal details that will resonate with a jury more than just descriptions of injuries.
Our firm will fight to make sure that you receive just compensation. We will negotiate for a settlement, but we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit when an insurance company proves unwilling to provide a satisfactory amount of compensation.
Some people assume they cannot afford an attorney for their scooter accident case. At the Law Office of William J. Luse, we handle these cases on a contingency fee basis, so nothing is owed until you recover a financial award.
Scooter Accident Cases We Handle
The local tourism portal MyrtleBeach.com lists three companies in Myrtle Beach that rent scooters:
- B.J.’s Scooters
- Go Fast Scooters
- Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson
In July 2018, the Post and Courier reported that the Charleston-based Gotcha Group was planning on rolling out its first fleet of electric scooters in the coming months, but declined to name a location—stating only that the city would not be Charleston. When Santa Monica, California-head dockless scooter sharing company Bird left scooters in Charleston the following month, the scooters were quickly removed after the city issued a cease and desist order. As of August 2018, Charleston has officially banned all electric scooter rentals.
Electric scooters have suddenly appeared in multiple cities around the country, so even though no dockless scooter rental companies are currently operating in the Palmetto State, that does not mean they will not appear sometime in the future. Some of the other major scooter rental companies include Lime, Skip Scooters, Spin, and Zapp, although major ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft have shown signs of possibly getting involved in this market.
Scooters are not limited entirely to rentals. More people are actually purchasing their own scooters. Some of the most popular types of scooters include:
- TVS Scooty Pep+
- Honda Activa
- Yamaha Ray
- TVS Jupiter
- Honda Grazia
- Suzuki Access
- Hero Pleasure
- Honda Dio
- TVS Ntorq
- Yamaha Fascino
- Hero Duet
- Hero Maestro
Scooter accidents can result in serious injuries. Scooter operators or other people who are struck by scooters could be injury victims.
Some of the different kinds of possible scooter injuries can include, but are not limited to:
- Pulled muscles
- Soft tissue injuries
- Neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
These types of crashes can have several different causes. People injured by other scooter operators will obviously claim that a scooter was recklessly or negligently operated.
Scooter operators, meanwhile, are often injured as the result of defective or malfunctioning scooters. The rental company could be liable if a scooter issue was the result of a lack of required maintenance, but a parts manufacturer could be liable if a scooter part was defective or malfunctioned.
Many scooter accidents involve negligent drivers. Motorists can be liable for the injuries they cause to scooter operators.
What should I do if I am hurt in a scooter accident in South Carolina?
After any scooter accident, always be sure to get medical attention. Even if you do not think that you were hurt, you will regret any delay in treatment because of the issues it will likely raise with the insurance company for the negligent party. Go to a hospital, see a doctor, and ensure you receive proper treatment.
You should also try to photograph the scene of your crash, making sure to get pictures of the most important details from various angles and distances. Also, try to collect the contact information of any people who saw your accident. Lastly, contact the Law Office of William J. Luse as soon as possible.
Can I still recover damages if I was partially at fault for my scooter accident?
Yes. In South Carolina, a plaintiff in a negligence action could recover damages if their negligence is not greater than that of the defendant. The amount of recovery would be reduced in proportion to the amount of the plaintiff’s negligence.
In other words, you can recover compensation in a truck accident case as long as you were not more than 50 percent at fault. However, your award will be reduced by your percentage of fault. This means that a person who is awarded $100,000 in a commercial scooter accident case but found to be 40 percent at fault for their injuries will have their award reduced by $40,000 and ultimately receive $100,000.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit for my scooter accident?
Under South Carolina Code § 15-3-530, a person has three years to commence a personal injury action. The same statute of limitations also applies to wrongful death cases, but the limitations period begins on the date of an accident in an injury case, and it begins on the date of a person’s death (which could be after the date of the crash) in a wrongful death action.
Scooter Accident Statistics
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported in August 2001 that there were 2,250 emergency room-treated injuries associated with motorized scooters in the first seven months of that year. According to the CPSC, the estimated 4,390 hospital emergency room treated motorized scooter injuries in 2000 were a more than 200 percent increase from the 1,330 injuries in 1999.
The CPSC reported in April 2007 that an estimated 10,015 emergency room-treated injuries for the period July 1, 2003, through June 30, 2004, were determined to be related to powered scooters. Scooters directly contributed to incidents in about 20 percent of cases, and issues included handlebars coming loose or detached, front wheels wobbling, and brakes failing to engage.
Contact a Myrtle Beach Scooter Accident Attorney Today
Did you sustain severe injuries or was your loved one killed in a scooter accident in the Myrtle Beach area? Make sure that you quickly retain legal counsel. The Law Office of William J. Luse represents clients in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Socastee, Conway, Little River, and surrounding areas of Marion County, Horry County, and Georgetown County. Call (843) 839-4795 or contact us online to have us provide a complete evaluation of your case during a consultation.