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Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) complied data from 249 people who were treated for electric scooter (e-scooter) injuries at the University of California Santa Monica and UCLA Medical Center over a one-year period.

The study found the most common cause of injury during operation of a e-scooter is falling at 80% of all injuries. Second was collision with another object at 11%. Third, being struck by another moving vehicle at 9%.

Other startling findings include: only 4% of riders were documented as wearing a helmet, 92% of injured e-scooter injuries occurred to the driver of the e-scooter, and 40% of patient’s had head injuries.

Researchers also collected data based on observations over a seven-hour period at various Los Angeles intersections. One common occurrence was e-scooter riders not wearing helmets at a rate of 94% of the total 193 e-scooter riders observed.

While these e-scooters are intended for street use only as they can reach up to 15mph, they are often spotted on sidewalks, and later when they are no longer in use, are left littering the sidewalks and curbs. While Santa Monica already prohibits bicycles and electric devices from being driven on sidewalks that seems to be ignored by many e-scooter operators.

There are limitations to this study including limited data in medical records and inability to determine urban planning and infrastructure’s effects.

Please read the complete study at here.

Electronic scooters are new, fun, and fast! They seem to be everywhere we look – at the beach, weaving through traffic on the crowded downtown streets, and throughout the suburban neighborhoods.  People are flying by on these scooters.  The fad is here to stay, but with the fun, also comes the danger.

Riders in Fort Lauderdale have used electronic scooters 322,541 times since November, the city reported. The average ride is nearly a half hour long.

Most people sign on the app, get on the scooter, and go …. Unfortunately, these electronic scooters are often poorly manufactured, negligently maintained, and improperly calibrated.

Also, the scooters are everywhere and so very inviting.  Yet, they don’t come with a helmet.  Many users simply get on a scooter to get to the next bar down the road very few people will use a helmet while operating one.

The Ellsley Law Firm specializes in cases involving scooters.  The issues range from defective or malfunction scooters to failure to instruct and warn, to operator error.  The injuries are sometimes catastrophic and the litigation is often lengthy, complex, and quite expensive.

Please call us at 1-800-SCOOTER (726-6837) for a no cost, no-obligation meeting to answer any questions or concerns that you may have regarding any scooter-related accident, incident, or injury.

You may also visit our law firm’s website at www.800scooterlaw.com

Riding a moped or scooter is one of the most efficient and economical ways to travel. Whether your ride it daily or just take it out on the weekends, it is extremely important to keep yourself, your ride, and your passengers safe at all times. In Florida, there are distinct classifications for mopeds and scooters, and the type of insurance and registration required will depend upon whether your vehicle is legally classified as a moped or a scooter. Whether your vehicle is street legal? Whether you need insurance? Whether you need Personal Injury Protection? These are just some of the questions that must be answered and considered when shopping for a moped or a scooter.

To discuss your insurance coverages, and see how the attorneys at Ellsley Sobol can help you call (954)888-7720

How Much Insurance Coverage Should I Have On My Automobile?

Most people do not realize how many drivers on the road in South Florida either drive with the minimum amount of coverage required by the law or without any insurance at all. Under Florida law the only coverage which an individual must carry is property damage coverage and personal injury protection. Neither of these coverages pay for the victim’s medical expenses, lost wages, or injuries. What I have come to learn is that many individuals do not understand or realize the importance of their personal auto insurance coverage, and do not carry uninsured motorist coverage, which protects individuals and their families from uninsured motorists on the roadway.

As an attorney my practice involves a great deal of automobile accident claims and litigation, and I receive at least one call a week where an individual is the victim of an automobile accident, and the person who negligently caused the accident does not have insurance coverage to pay for any of the victim’s medical bills or injuries. Unfortunately I am forced to decline many of these cases, because there is no liability insurance available to pay for their damages. The most important coverage which an individual in South Florida can carry in their automobile insurance policy is uninsured motorist coverage.

The way uninsured motorist coverage works, is that if you are the victim of an automobile accident, and an uninsured or underinsured driver causes the collision, you are then able to make a claim against your own insurance policy to provide coverage for medical bills and/or future pain and suffering. This can be very important specifically for individuals who are forced to miss time from work, or sustain a serious injury which may alter their ability to continue to work and engage in their regular activities.

For example, let’s say that Ms. Jones who carries uninsured motorist coverage is involved in an automobile accident where she is taken to the emergency room and then receives treatment for several months after the accident, for back pain. The individual who hit Ms. Jones’ vehicle carries automobile insurance coverage which is the minimum legal requirement in the state of Florida. Ms. Jones incurs $20,000.00 worth of medical expenses, misses two weeks of work for which she is not paid, and continues to suffer from back pain. Due to the fact that Ms. Jones purchased uninsured motorist coverage through her own insurance carrier she is able to make a claim against the uninsured motorist coverage to pay for all of her medical expenses in excess of $10,000.00, her time lost from work, and money for future pain and suffering. When purchasing automobile insurance coverage you should always purchase uninsured motorist coverage and there are minimal limits of $10,000.00 all the way up to a million dollars.

As a practicing attorney in South Florida it is my suggestion to all drivers to pay a little extra money for their automobile insurance coverage to purchase uninsured motorist coverage because the cost of the increased premium is the only way to protect you and your family from the negligence of uninsured drivers. If you have any questions regarding the issues contained in this article please feel free to contact me at Sobol@ellsleysobol.com or 954-888-7720.

It makes sense to think that prime contractors and general contractors should be held responsible for a construction accident in Florida. After all, they’re the ones coordinating construction site operations on a daily basis. In some cases, general contractors may be even considered legal possessors of the property for the duration of the project.

But what you may not have been aware of is that third parties may also be held liable if you are injured in a construction accident in Florida. Third parties are not typically on the Florida construction site on a daily basis, and aren’t directly responsible for the site’s safety.

Some examples of third parties that can be held liable for a construction accident in Florida include:

  • architects;
  • engineers; and
  • construction machine and equipment manufacturers.

While architects and engineers may not be on a Florida construction site every day, they are responsible for making sure a project complies with building codes. If a project doesn’t meet proper building standards and project plans, an architectural or engineering firm can be held liable for a personal injury claim if a construction accident in Florida results.

Manufacturers of construction equipment and machinery are most likely never at Florida construction sites. But if faulty or defective equipment causes a construction accident in Florida, those companies may be held liable if the construction worker files a Florida personal injury claim.

If you think third party liability played a part in your injuries from a construction accident in Florida, you’ll want to contact a Fort Lauderdale construction accident lawyer who can investigate your case and look into all of your legal options for seeking compensation.

A Fort Lauderdale construction accident lawyer’s involvement with your Florida personal injury claim could help you recover compensation in addition to your Florida Workers’ Compensation claim.

When to Contact a Fort Lauderdale Construction Accident Lawyer

Florida laws change constantly and the insurance company handling your claim will be most concerned with preserving their bottom line. This is why you should have someone with the legal know-how in your corner from the start! Contact Ellsley Sobol, P.L at 954-888-7720 or toll-free 888-258-6914 to speak with an experienced Fort Lauderdale construction accident lawyer who can begin to work on your case right away and represent you at no cost until a recovery is made.

Another incident involving a parasailing excursion has occurred, this time off Panama City Beach, Florida, critically injured two teenage girls from Indiana. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the parasail line that was attached to the boat snapped, leaving the two teens at the mercy of the wind. Both the Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are investigating the July 2 incident.

The parasail was caught by the strong winds and the girls were carried across the water to the beach. They crashed into the side of The Commodore Condominiums while horrified witnesses watched helplessly from the beach and surrounding area. The brother of one of the girls was in the boat when the line snapped.

Those witnesses said the girls’ bodies were limp after colliding with the building. The wind continued to carry the girls past the condos, and they hit either a utility pole or power lines before finally crashing into an SUV in a parking lot. The smashed windshield of the SUV could be seen in news video of the incident. Many news outlets are also showing amateur video of the two girls crashing into the building.

Both girls suffered severe cuts and head trauma. One girl required surgery for severe back injuries and the other has neck injuries. The family has been encouraged by the teens ability to communicate by using hand signals. Both are still listed in critical condition.

The girls and their families may pursue a civil claim against the owner of the parasailing company, as well as the operator and crew of the boat, for damages for current and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability, lost wages, and a variety of other claims. A personal injury attorney will be able to protect their rights during this process and hold those responsible for this boating accident accountable in court.

Source: nbcmiami.com, “http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Two-Indiana-Teens-Injured-in-Florida-Parasailing-Accident-214394391.html,” No author given, July 5, 2013

Source: csmonitor.com, “http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2013/0705/Parasailing-accident-Florida-boat-owner-reaches-out-to-families-of-injured” No author given, July 5, 2013

When it comes to legal proceedings it often seems like both parties’ accounts are presented as being accurate, yet they usually conflict. The only way to properly evaluate a Florida personal injury claim is based on the evidence provided.Therefore, it is extremely important that you carefully gather and organize the evidence pertaining to your Ft. Lauderdale car accident in order to preserve your injury claim.

If you have been injured in a car accident in South Florida, it is possible to recover both economic (medical expenses and lost wages) and non-economic damages such as bodily injury and pain and suffering. However, you’ll also need to provide evidence that proves the losses you have suffered before you can recover any compensation.

To successfully file a Ft. Lauderdale car accident claim you may need the aid of a Florida personal injury attorney who can help you identify and analyze the evidence relevant to your case.

Here are some tips for collecting and retaining important evidence after you are involved in a car accident in South Florida:

  • Take photographs of the damage to your car (and other vehicles involved), your injuries, and damage to the surrounding area;
  • Exchange contact information with the motorists involved including their names, numbers, and addresses;
  • Contact the police, because a police report is important to establishing the cause of your Ft. Lauderdale car accident;
  • Request medical attention even if the injuries are minor;
  • Contact your insurance company; and
  • Finally, contact a South Florida car accident lawyer to discuss your legal options.

If you want to learn more about what to do after a South Florida car accident, visit our article library.

After a serious car accident you should not have to worry about how your medical expenses will be taken care of, especially when someone else was at fault. Filing a Florida personal injury claim may allow you to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other losses. If you’ve been injured in a car accident in South Florida, contact Ellsley Sobol, P.L. at 954-888-7720 to speak with an experienced attorney who can represent you.

When you are involved in a Florida slip and fall accident, you are likely to have questions about liability, particularly if the accident occurred on a commercial property where you do not know the owner. In a slip and fall case, the liable party is typically:

  • The owner of the property;
  • The owner of the business operating on the property;
  • An employee on a commercial property; and/or
  • The person or business who is renting the property

In personal injury claims, you are required to prove negligence before qualifying for any compensation for your injuries. Your Ft. Lauderdale injury attorney will work with you to gather the evidence necessary to prove negligence in a Florida slip and fall claim.

To prove that a property owner was aware of a hazardous or dangerous condition, you must present evidence that demonstrates:

  • The property owner was responsible for creating the danger or
  • The property owner was aware of the condition, but failed to fix the problem.

Your Ft. Lauderdale injury attorney can investigate whether the property owner was practicing appropriate safety protocols and routine inspections of the property for hazardous conditions. A failure to address critical safety violations is an example of inexcusable negligence that can lead to serious injury accidents.

Please visit our article library to learn more about slip and fall accidents in Florida, including who may be held liable and the types of injuries that can occur in such an incident. Slip and Fall Accidents in Florida Part A

Contacting a Ft. Lauderdale Injury Attorney

If you have been seriously injured in a Florida slip and fall accident and you are concerned about how you will be able to address your various medical bills and lost wages, contact Ellsley Sobol, P.L., to speak with an experienced Ft. Lauderdale injury attorney who can fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a no cost case review 954-888-7720 or toll-free 888-258-6914.

A serious auto accident can instantly thrust you into a world of uncertainty. Coping with the pain of your accident injuries, issues of property damage, and insurance adjusters is enough to lead most anyone into a state of confusion.

Unfortunately, Florida personal injury law doesn’t allow for a prolonged state of inactivity when it comes to filing a claim against another party. If you are seeking full recovery of your damages, you must take the necessary steps toward protecting your potential claim sooner rather than later.

If you have been in a serious accident and would like to file a Florida personal injury claim, it is critical to document the details of the event as soon as possible for the following reasons:

  • You may not be able to recount the story verbatim;
  • The evidence may be lost or tampered with; and
  • The scene of the accident may be altered.

If you wait days or weeks after an accident to take action, your Florida personal injury claim may be in jeopardy. It is best to act immediately by contacting a Florida personal injury attorney who can suggest the appropriate course of action. You may be able to get a quick settlement.

Visit our article library to learn the steps you can take to preserve your Florida personal injury claim. Ways to Preserve a Florida Personal Injury Claim (Part A)

How a Florida Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

If you’ve suffered damage because of someone else’s carelessness, a Florida personal injury attorney can advise you on how to build a solid personal injury claim in Florida. Your Florida personal injury attorney will prepare a demand letter on your behalf, which describes the damages you incurred and may continue to incur as a result of the accident and how much compensation you are seeking.

Before you agree to an out-of-court settlement, it is in your best interest to consult with your Florida personal injury attorney who can analyze whether the offer will adequately cover your current and future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Florida laws change constantly and the insurance company handling your claim will be most concerned with preserving their bottom line. This is why you should have someone with the legal know-how in your corner from the start! Contact Ellsley Sobol, P.L for a FREE Consultation at 954-888-7720 or toll-free 888-258-6914 to speak with an experienced Florida personal injury attorney who can begin to work on your case right away and represent you at no cost until a recovery is made.

A legal claim involves hours of filing paperwork and lengthy negotiations, but what a Florida personal injury claim will often boil down to is the strength of the evidence presented. While your Miami accident attorney can tell you exactly what types of evidence they need in order to build your case, it is helpful to have already assembled at least some of the evidence your Miami accident attorney may require.

When it comes to building a strong Florida personal injury claim, it is always better to err on the side of caution. If you are not certain whether an item or article may qualify as evidence, save it and consult with your Miami accident attorney for further instruction.

The list below highlights some common injury scenarios and the evidence typically preserved in those cases:

  • Motor vehicle accidents – police reports, photographs of your damage and injury(ies), contact information of the motorists and witnesses, medical bills and receipts, repair receipts, and torn or bloodied clothing.
  • Product liability claims – actual product, product instructions, warning labels, warranties, receipts, photographs of your injury(ies), and the product’s original packaging.
  • Medical malpractice cases – medical records, doctor’s reports, photographs of injuries, and medical bills.

The scene of an accident is very important while it’s untouched. It is recommended that you gather all the physical evidence that can potentially illustrate the accident to someone who wasn’t on the scene, such as your Miami accident attorney, the insurance adjusters, and the judge or jury.

Be sure to visit our article library to learn the steps you can take to preserve your Florida personal injury claim. Ways to Preserve a Florida Personal Injury Claim (Part A)

Contacting a South Florida Accident Attorney

If you, or a loved one, have been seriously injured in an accident, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim. Through a Florida personal injury claim you may recover damages such as your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. Contact Ellsley Sobol, P.L. at 954-888-7720 to speak with an experienced Miami accident attorney who can protect your rights and ensure that you receive a fair and comprehensive settlement.