Sherpa scooters are another brand of electric scooters that are present in Los Angeles. The market for competition is very thick and inundated, and each scooter company is trying to carve out its own niche to gain the populated share. The issue is that the same risks and accidents are present for all of the companies. Sherpa scooters are equally as dangerous as other brands, and many individuals have been injured after falling from the vehicles or being hit while riding them. If you have been injured while on a Sherpa scooter, it is wise for you to contact a skilled lawyer who can litigate your claim. Our law firm, the Downtown LA Law Group, has a history of success with scooter accident lawsuits. We know the best methods for wining your claim and will stop at nothing to secure you the restitution you need.
What are Sherpa scooters?
Sherpa is an app that is available on Android and iOS. It provides riders with locations for scooters near them and allows them to ride for a small fee. The app is in competition with other scooter companies like Bird and Lime, and it is one of eight companies involved in Los Angeles’s Dockless Mobility Project.
What are the risks of riding Sherpa scooters?
Sherpa scooters have risks like every other scooter. They are only on two wheels and allow the riders to travel at 15 mph, but they have no safety features to speak of besides a brake. There is no roll bar, airbag, seatbelt, or anything else to protect riders. Riders are recommended to wear their own helmets and safety pads, and they should also wear reflective gear if they are riding at night (although scooters are meant to have lights and reflectors).
Some of the risks associated with Sherpa scooters include:
- Not being seen in the blind spots of motor vehicles
- Riding over rough terrain with cracks and potholes
- Defective scooters with faulty batteries, bad brake lines, deflated wheels, and more
- Loss of control of the scooters
- Riding on sidewalks where pedestrians are present
- Tripping and falling over discarded scooters
- Riding scooters in crosswalks instead of walking them across, which pose a hazard from turning vehicles
- Riding the scooters in adverse weather
Some of the injuries that can occur from scooter accidents include the following:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Closed head injuries
- Strained muscles
- Nerve damage
- Lacerations and bruising
- Internal bleeding
- Cracked skull
- Clavicle damage
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Herniated discs
- Knee and hip injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Severed limbs and digits
There are many risks associated with riding scooters and the injuries can be extremely severe. It is important that you take as many precautionary measures as you can, protect yourself at all costs, and avoid injuries. If you are hurt in a scooter accident, it is highly recommended that you reach out to an attorney with experience in the field. Our Sherpa scooter accident lawyers will be able to handle your claim for you and bring you the compensation you need.
What are the laws for riding Sherpa scooters?
Individuals riding Sherpa scooters must adhere to the same laws that everyone else does. These laws are designed to keep the riders safe and to ensure the safety of everyone else around them. Negligently breaking these laws or riding recklessly can cause many incidents and accidents. The most relevant laws are as follows:
- Do not ride on the sidewalk
- Do not park scooters in driveways or in the middle of walkways and pathways
- Ride in the street as close to the curb as is practical
- Do not ride on streets where the speed limit is posted in excess of 25 mph
- Ride in bike lanes where available
- Do not put more than 1 person on a scooter at a time
- Keep at least one hand on the handlebars to ensure control of the scooter
- Obey local traffic laws and regulations
- Riders must be at least 16 years old (in which case helmets are required) and have a driver’s license or learner’s permit
- Do not ride a scooter while under the influence or alcohol or drugs
Some of these regulations are in place to protect people around the scooters. Others carry hefty fines, such as those that involve driving while under the influence of a mind altering substance. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation recommends that people who see scooters that break regulations to report them to the police so that appropriate legal actions can be taken.
What is the value of my Sherpa scooter accident lawsuit?
The value of a Sherpa scooter accident lawsuit is highly dependent on the nature of the incident. If you were fully responsible for the accident an caused it, it is unlikely that you will be given a large settlement, if any at all. However, if you can prove that you were the victim and you were hurt by another person or because the scooter was faulty in some way, you may be able to receive a fair amount of restitution. The insurance agent handling your case will look at factors like the responsibility you exhibited, how severe your injuries were, and more. Our goal is to bring you every penny you deserve and see to it that you are fairly compensated. We will aim to secure you the following damages:
- Medical bills and expenses from the past and future for hospital stay, ambulatory transportation, surgery fees, prescription medication, physical rehabilitation and therapy, and more
- Lost wages if you were unable to return to work or if you could not go back to work in the future (due to recovery time or additional medical treatments), which can include reimbursement of commissions, bonuses, tips, and more
- Property damage to cover lost or broken belongings and other personal items
- Pain and suffering damages to cover emotional anguish, mental trauma, PTSD, fear, anxiety, and more
You should not be expected to pay for these numerous expenses if you were injured in a scooter accident that occurred due to the negligence of another party. We will work around the clock to bring you every penny you deserve.
How long is the statute of limitations for scooter accident claims?
California has a 2-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits. This means that you if you do not sue the responsible party within 2 years of your injuries, you will be unable to collect any compensation for your losses. The statute of limitations is in place to ensure that both parties have ample time to develop their cases and secure proof. It allows evidence to last and not be compromised or ruined over time.
There are a few ways in which the statute of limitations can be extended beyond the 2-year limit. These situations include:
- Underage victims can wait until they turn 18 years old to adhere to the statute of limitations
- Victims who were left incapacitated or mentally unstable after the incident can wait until they return to health before they follow the statute of limitations
- Situations in which the defendant left the state can cause the statute of limitations to be postponed until he returns
The most common reason that many individuals fail to sue after a scooter accident is because they are not aware of the statute of limitations. They do not know how much time is left on their claims and they end up facing lapsed deadlines. We will make sure that your case is filed on time.
Our Firm and You
The Downtown LA Law Group is known for its high rate of victory when it comes to scooter accident lawsuits. We have been able to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for victims and our clients have expressed the most generous reviews of our firm. We put our clients first, and we will always keep you updated on the status of your claim. Your health is of paramount importance to us, and we will make sure you get the most world-class treatment available. If our aggressive lawyers must go to court to secure you a verdict, we are willing to do so.
To set up a free legal consultation with one of our scooter accident attorneys, call our law offices today. We will gladly discuss your claim with you and tell you how much we think the lawsuit is worth. If you want to hire us to represent you, we will also give you our zero fee guarantee. This is a promise that we will not get paid unless and until we win. The fees will come from the settlement we bring you, not from your bank account. If we lose, we don’t get paid anything.
Get in touch with the Downtown LA Law Group if you need to sue Sherpa for a scooter accident.
How to Sue Belkin for Defective Charging Banks
If you intend to file a product liability lawsuit against Belkin, you must show that the company was negligent in some way. Product liability lawsuits can be filed if you can prove at least one of the following points about the product:
- There was a design error present with the charging bank
- There was a manufacturing error that occurred when the charging bank was being made in the factory
- There were no hazard signs or symbols on the charging bank or on the packaging
The charging banks had a defect in the wiring, so it is likely that the materials were faulty or that there was a design that did not account for the small space or power usage.
You should make sure to go to the hospital to get medical treatment for your injuries. It is not recommended that you wait too long to visit a doctor. If you do not get treatment quickly, your injuries may worsen, or you may find that the insurance agent will doubt the validity of your claim. He can say that you were shocked by another item or in another incident, and he will say that the defective item was a convenient scapegoat. You should also make sure that you get copies of all medical documents, test results, doctor’s statements, hospital receipts, and more from the treatment center.
You can take photos of the damages from the electric shock, and you can also take pictures of the charging bank to show that the item caught fire, if applicable.
There may have been eyewitnesses who saw the incident happen or who can testify that the bank was defective. You can add their statements to your claim to bolster it. The more support you have from people who saw the incident, the stronger your case will be.
You may want to throw the charging bank away, try to repair it, or return it for a refund. You should do none of this. It is important that you keep the charging bank as it is and preserve it, as it is the most important piece of evidence you have. If you get rid of it, the insurance company can claim that there’s no way for the defect to be examined, since it is not present at all.
You may have a receipt showing that you bought the charging bank. You can make copies of this, or copies of a bank statement or email showing that you paid for the item.
You will benefit by hiring a product liability lawyer to handle your case for you. If you have never taken legal action, you may not know the first thing about moving forward with a defective product claim. An attorney can gather your proof, negotiate with the insurance agent, and keep you updated throughout the process while you recover and return to regular life.
Statute of Limitations to File a Product Liability Lawsuit
California has a statute of limitations of two years from the date of the injury if you wish to file a claim to receive compensation for damages. If you do not sue within this time period, you won’t be able to receive any restitution, and your claim will be thrown away. Often, individuals fail to understand the correct amount of time or do not know that there is a statute of limitations in the first place. It is important that you speak with a lawyer to determine how much time you have left on your case.
There is the possibility for your statute of limitations to be extended, but this will only happen in certain situations. If you were under 18 years old, you cannot sue without a legal guardian representing you, so you can wait until you turn legal age before the statute of limitations counts down. You also may have been left incapacitated and unable to sue, so the statute won’t start until you return to health. Further, the defendant must be in California – if he has left the state, the deadline will count down when he returns.
Earnings from a Product Liability Claim against Belkin
The value of a product liability lawsuit will largely be determined by the injuries you suffered and how extensive they were. If you were seriously hurt, you will potentially receive a larger settlement offer than if you only suffered minor injuries. The insurance agent wants to preserve profits and not pay out settlements, and we aim to bring you the maximum settlement available under the law. Our goal is to secure you compensation for the following:
- Medical bills and expenses from the past and future for surgery, hospitalization fees, medication, physical therapy, and more
- Lost wages if you were unable to work or could not return to work in the future
- Property damage to cover lost items and personal belongings
- Pain and suffering damages to account for emotional trauma, anxiety, PTSD, fear, and more
You should not be expected to foot the bill for all of these expenses if you were not responsible for the incident in the first place. A defective product claim can allow you to receive the compensation you need to pay for these damages.
Our Firm’s Promise
Our goal at the Downtown LA Law Group is to ensure that you are wholly covered for your losses if you were hurt because of a defective product. Our product liability lawyers are known as the best in town, and we have years of experience and numerous reviews to back us up. We will stop at nothing to bring you every penny you deserve, even if it means going to court to defend your rights.
For a free legal consultation, call our law offices today. All consultations are confidential and your private information or case details will not be shared elsewhere. We will also give you our zero fee guarantee on your case. We won’t get paid unless and until we win. If we lose, we get nothing at all. Either way, your finances will not be altered by pursuing legal help with us.
Don’t hesitate to contact the Downtown LA Law Group if you wish to sue Belkin for injuries from a defective charging bank.