About BirdIn the summer of 2017, Travis VanderZanden founded Bird-a scooter-share company. Bird scooters are commonly found in metropolitan areas such as Culver City, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. Bird scooters, similar to Uber and Lyft vehicles, provide riders with convenient and cost-effective methods of transportation. Bird is clear in the company’s safety guidelines:
- Riders must be at least 18-years-old.
- Riders must possess a valid driver’s license.
- Riders must always wear a helmet.
- Riders must always keep at least one hand on the scooter’s handle at all times.
- Riders must ride on the street, along with traffic.
- Riders must follow all traffic rules and signals, like other vehicles.
- Riders must not exceed the scooter’s weight limit.
- Riders must never allow others to ride on the scooter (no double-riders).
Bird Scooter Insurance InformationIf you were involved in a Bird scooter accident, you might be interested in learning more about the insurance details that might apply to your accident. Bird Scooter Company is self-insured; therefore, it can be difficult to get in-depth information about insurance coverage. Does insurance cover Bird Scooter accidents? The short answer is yes; however, the insurance coverage depends on the specific details of your accident, including details regarding the liable party. For more information about the specific insurance details for Bird accidents, you must contact our law firm as soon as possible.
What Insurance Company Covers Bird Scooter Accidents?As mentioned in the section above, Bird Scooter company is self-insured. What does it mean for a company to be self-insured? The Bird Scooter insurance carrier is the company itself; therefore, the company accepts all financial responsibility for all and any claims. Does insurance cover Bird Scooter accidents? The answer to that question depends on the specific situation surrounding your accident. If you were struck by a motorized vehicle while riding a bird scooter, the driver’s insurance should cover the accident. If you lost control of the scooter because of a damaged road, the city’s insurance should cover the accident. If you were injured on a sidewalk, the party liable for sidewalk maintenance-such as a homeowner or property owner-could be liable, leaving homeowner’s insurance or premise insurance available to cover the accident. Whatever the specific details of your e-scooter accident claim, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit and receive compensation. Without a doubt, it could be difficult to understand who or what will cover the costs created by your injuries; therefore, you must seek legal assistance as soon as possible to get the answers to all your questions.
Could You File a Lawsuit?Our law firm is often approached with many of the following questions:
- I was hit by a Bird scooter. What are my rights?
- What can I do if I was injured while riding a Bird scooter
- I was struck by a Bird scooter. What should I do?
- I was injured by a Bird Scooter. What can I do?
- Could I be eligible to receive compensation after suffering an accident?
- How could hiring a Bird Scooter accident injury attorney help me?
Bird Accidents and Defective Products: What Should I Do after the Accident?Bird accidents are sometimes caused by product defects. Some of the most common defects that could be found in Bird scooters include the following: defective batteries, defective braking system, defective wheels, and defective handles, for example. If you were involved in a Bird accident that was caused by a defect in the scooter that you were riding, you might have grounds to file a product liability claim against Bird. What should you do after your Bird accident? If you believe that your Bird accident was caused by a defective Bird scooter, you must do all of the following to preserve your right to sue:
- Report the accident -you must contact Bird to report the incident. Be wary of revealing any information that could be used against you and your claim.
- Preserve the defective product -the first thing you should do is take photographs of the defective product, highlighting the defect that caused your accident. You should try to keep the defective product in a safe place. If you can take the scooter home, you should do so. You must ensure that the product remains as it is; do not try to fix the hazard yourself or meddle with the defective scooter in any way. If it is impossible for the scooter to be kept at your home, then the pictures will suffice as evidence of the defective product.
- Seek treatment-if you sustained injuries, you must seek medical care as soon as possible. Make sure you photograph your injuries and keep records of everything (medical bills, medical history, documents, etc.) related to the injuries that you sustained. You must seek medical treatment as soon as possible-the longer you postpone medical care, the more difficult it will be to prove that your injuries were caused by the defective scooter.
- Contact the police -if necessary, contact the local authorities to file an accident claim (if there was another vehicle involved in the accident).
- Seek legal assistance – as soon as you can, you must contact an attorney experienced in Bird accident claims to begin discussing your claim against Bird.
What Compensation Could You Receive?If you were injured while riding a Bird Scooter or were harmed by a Bird scooter in any way, an e-scooter accident lawyer could help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled. Do you believe that you should be compensated? Many people mistakenly believe that they cannot recover compensation for their scooter accident claims. Since rental scooters is a recent phenomenon, many people are uncertain about their rights to be compensated for any injuries. If you were harmed in an accident that involved a Bird scooter in any way, you might be eligible to recover the following forms of compensation:
- Medical costs -if you suffered any injuries, you likely sought medical assistance, which resulted in medical bills. You could be compensated for these costs. If you are projected to continue to require medical care in the future, you could also be compensated for projected medical bills.
- Lost income -if your injuries prevented you from working and earning income, you could also be compensated. Whether you were unable to work for a week, months, or are projected to be unable to work permanently, you could receive compensation. The compensation that you receive depends on many factors, such as your age, your wage history, and the length of time you were or will be unable to work.
- Property damage -if any of your property was damaged during the scooter accident, you could be compensated.
- Pain and suffering -if your injuries resulted in mental and emotional distress in addition to physical pain, you could also be compensated. Victims of personal injury accidents often suffer from depression, anxiety, fear, and post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of their accident and their injuries, for example.
- Funeral and burial costs -if the victim lost his or her life as a result of the accident, surviving family members or claimants could be eligible to recover compensation for funeral and burial costs in addition to the other forms of compensation.
- Loss of consortium -if the accident had an impact on the possibility of having a normal family relationship with the victim, family members could be compensated for the loss of consortium.
- Punitive damages – punitive damages could be awarded as punishment to the company or the party liable for the accident.