Accidents that involve a motorized scooter or bike can be tragic for the victim. If you were in a scooter accident or a motorized bike accident caused by a negligent driver, find a legal representative to help you take legal action. You’ll have to prove negligence and liability as well as the types of damages you suffered.
Understanding Negligence in Motorized Scooter Accidents
Proving fault usually includes proving negligence, which is the term used to describe an irresponsible or unreasonable action. Acts that may constitute negligence in a traffic accident may include the following.
- Changing lanes illegally
- Talking or texting on a cell phone
- Driving aggressively
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
You will also have to prove that the other party’s negligence led to your accident. For instance, if another driver was speeding, you’ll also have to prove that s/he somehow caused your wreck, such as striking your motorized scooter.
In a civil suit, the amount of compensation a victim recovers is reduced by this person’s propitiation of fault for the accident under Texas modified comparative fault laws. For example, those riding motorized scooters must ride as near the right curb as possible if they are traveling at slower speeds than other traffic. A defendant may argue that failure to do so contributed to the accident.
Additionally, a claimant cannot pursue a claim if his or her responsibility for the accident was more than 50 percent. Thus, establishing negligence and fault is vital for these claims.
Statute of Limitations for Filing a Claim
There is a limitation on the amount of time that you have to file a claim after an accident in Texas. This time limit is two years from the date of the accident. Therefore, make sure you get started and file your claim as soon as possible to ensure that you do not miss the deadline.
Contact a Dallas Personal Injury Attorney Now!
A personal injury claim may award both economic and noneconomic damages. The former include things like medical bills and lost wages, while the latter includes things such as pain and suffering. Talk to a lawyer about not only evidence to prove liability and build your case, but also the evidence you’ll need to establish your damages.
If you were in a motorized scooter or bicycle accident that another party caused, contact an attorney about your options for recovery now. At the Law Office of Julie Johnson, PLLC, we can help you file your claim, prove the negligence of the at-fault party, and recover damages. If you’re ready to begin, contact us now at 214-290-8001.