We know that electric scooters have come into the city with a bang over the last year and it has left the officials wondering exactly how to regulate them. Now, the two largest ridesharing companies, Uber and Lyft, are throwing their hat into the ring.
As those two companies prepare to launch their own scooter lines in San Diego, we need to look at just how dangerous these scooters have been already. In October alone:
- A 9-year-old girl suffered a fractured femur when she was riding with her sister and ran into a tree.
- A man who was drunk crashed his scooter into another man on a scooter and was hospitalized.
- One woman was on a scooter when it would not slow down and she also fractured her femur.
- Another woman fractured her leg after crashing on a Bird scooter in Marina.
These are just some of the incidents reported in October and we know there have been many others over the last year. At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, we know that scooters are just one of the dangers that pedestrians face in and around the city. When you need a San Diego pedestrian accident attorney, call us today.
THE STATEWIDE STATISTICS
Let’s face it, pedestrians are the most vulnerable people on and around the roadways but nobody pays much attention to their safety when behind the wheel of a vehicle. It is almost as if they are invisible. When a person gets hit by a car or truck that weighs thousands of pounds, they are almost always going to sustain some kind of injury from the impact. Not only that, but they will also have a second impact when they hit the ground.
For the latest reporting year in the state, we saw more 14,215 pedestrian accident injuries. We also know that 867 people lost their lives due to pedestrian crashes. In San Diego County, there were 1326 pedestrian injuries or fatalities for the same year.
We know that pedestrians commonly suffer from severe, life-altering injuries as a result of a crash.
WHY DO THEY HAPPEN?
Irresponsible drivers are the main cause of pedestrian accidents. The most dangerous causes are:
- Drivers who speed and drive aggressively
- Drivers who are impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Drivers who are distracted by their phones or other devices
Often, we see a combination of those three things in a single accident. When a driver’s negligent behavior causes damages and injuries, they should be held accountable for their actions.
WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
We know you did not expect to get hurt when you were out and about on foot in the city, but you cannot control the actions of others. There are times when other people’s negligence causes us harm. At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, we are ready to help you recover the compensation you deserve in the aftermath of a pedestrian incident. When you need a San Diego pedestrian accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking hereor calling our office.