We’ve all heard stories about the dangers of ride-share scooters. These vehicles are like small motorcycles, but you don’t need a motorcycle license to operate one. You can just hop on.
A 38-year-old man was seriously injured recently while riding a Revel scooter in Queens, police reported. Unfortunately, it’s not clear what happened. He may have simply fallen off as he was riding. Or, a hit-and-run driver may have struck him and then fled the scene.
The man suffered head trauma and was in critical condition when the story was published in the New York Post. The investigation of the crash is ongoing, but no arrests have been made.
Obtaining compensation after a ride-share accident is not straightforward
Depending on the details of your crash, you could be entitled to compensation from Jump (Uber), Revel, Lime or another service. However, getting that compensation could be challenging.
Although New York requires ride-sharing services to carry insurance, your recovery could be limited by your assumption of the risks involved in riding. However, you may be covered by the ride-sharing company’s insurance if an uninsured or underinsured motorist hits you. And, there may be other situations in which the company was at fault for your injuries.
What do you need to do to prepare?
If you have been in an accident while riding a rented moped or scooter, the first thing to do is seek medical treatment. You come first. Here are some other things you should do to protect your rights and your potential claim:
- File a police report
- Keep all documentation of the accident, including medical records, bills, incident reports, witness information and your rental receipt
- Keep the details of your crash private
- Attend all required appointments and meetings
- Follow your doctor’s instructions
- Contact an attorney
Don’t let your injuries change your life forever
Injuries after a moped or scooter accident can be extremely serious and even life-altering. Don’t go through this alone. You owe it to yourself to explore whether the ride-share company had any responsibility for what happened. If they did, they need to be held accountable.