As this blog has reported before, the use of electric scooters in Alameda County and the rest of the Bay Area is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, the trend is continuing to expand to other cities across the country. A recent study that appeared in a major medical journal, however, shows that safety issues with respect to these scooters continue as well. For example, 90 percent of those who got hurt because of an electric scooter were actually riding the vehicle, as opposed to being a pedestrian or other person in the vicinity. Of those riders, less than 5 percent were wearing a helmet at the time of the injury.
As this blog has discussed before, even a mild brain injury will likely require some initial care and medical treatment. More severe brain injuries, like the kind that would put an Alameda County resident in a coma, may require long-term care or even rehabilitation that will last for the rest of the victim's life.
When a car and commercial truck are involved in an accident, it's often at a high speed on the interstate. Furthermore, the size difference alone tends to put the people in the smaller vehicle at a disadvantage with them bearing the brunt of the worst injuries.
A previous post on this California blog talked about the elements of proving a negligence claim in a personal injury case, and specifically, a premises liability case. This post discussed how negligence is the ordinary standard, used in many different types of personal injury cases, judges or juries use to decide whether a party responsible for an accident will or will not have to pay compensation for an injury.
When one thinks of a bicycle accident in the Bay Area, one may envision a bicyclist getting hit by a car. Indeed, these are often very serious accidents, and they may even lead to a brain injury, even if the bicyclist involved was wearing a helmet.
If you have been injured while on a public premises, it is likely that you have suffered in many ways as a result. Any injury that requires medical care can become financially costly very quickly. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the average cost of a fall is around $30,000.
This blog has previously discussed, in a variety of contexts, how an injured victim of an accident in the Bay Area, including Alameda County, can hold a responsible party financially accountable for her injuries if she can prove negligence.