Scooters have been the talk of the town over the last few years. All over the country, electric scooters have been inundating major cities. The hope was that they would ease congestion and give people a good option for alternative transportation. However, our Kansas City Bird scooter accident lawyers know these devices can cause major injuries. Today, the team at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. want to discuss a recent scooter crash as well as the implications of having these scooters around permanently.
Scooter incidents are not new
We have talked about electric scooter accidents before, but we have not had to deal with any scooter crash fatalities in Kansas City. That is, until now.
According to police, a man was heading northbound on his motorized scooter on Troost just north of 89th Street when he was struck by a vehicle from behind. The man, Tommy White, died at the scene of the crash.
Police say that the driver of the vehicle was not hurt and stopped at the scene. Police did not say what caused the incident, though it happened at night and low visibility may have played a role.
We want to point out that this scooter is not one of the many ridesharing scooters that have been popping up across American cities and Kansas City. However, all scooter riders are at-risk of major injury when they hit the roadways. It is into uncommon for us to see the following injuries in the aftermath of a scooter crash:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or amputations
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Each of these injuries can lead to major medical expenses for the victim. In the worst-case scenario, as evidenced by the story discussed above, a scooter rider will die due to the crash.
We do not have exact numbers of how many people are injured or killed each year in Missouri due to scooter incidents. We do know that there were 153,422 total vehicle crashes in the state during the latest reporting year. Out of those, there were:
- 57,270 people injured
- 923 people killed
In many cases, these crashes are caused due to driver carelessness of negligence, such as:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Failing to stop at a red light or stop sign
Let our team get to work on your case today
If you or a loved one have been injured in a scooter incident, or any other pedestrian accident, you may need to seek legal assistance. At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., we have the experience you need to get the compensation you deserve. If another person’s negligence has caused your injuries, we will work to secure:
- Your medical expenses related to the crash
- Lost income and benefits if you are unable to work
- Pain and suffering/loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against those responsible