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Electric Scooter Accidents in Fort Lauderdale Likely the Fault of Scooter Companies

Electric Scooter Accidents in Fort Lauderdale Likely the Fault of Scooter Companies

With electric scooters popping up everywhere, injuries to riders have become common. South Florida emergency rooms are flooded with individuals who have reported serious injuries, in some cases requiring critical care. There has been at least one tragic death in Fort Lauderdale on April 12, 2019. Many cities have banned these scooters, but Fort Lauderdale and other cities in South Florida still allow them.

Misreading the Fine Print

Some of the companies who offer scooter rentals have had user agreements (fine print, agreed to with the click of a button through their app) that require users to drive these scooters only on the street. This is not only more dangerous than driving a scooter on the sidewalk, but also illegal. City ordinances in Fort Lauderdale and elsewhere prohibit the use of electric scooters on roadways.

This creates a complicated legal situation: the scooter company, by directing a rider to engage in dangerous behavior in violation of a statute, may incur liability for a rider’s injuries by the wording of their terms of service agreement. When a company violates a statute, and that violation causes an injury to a member of the class of people the statute is designed to protect, negligence Per Se can result. Negligence Per Se is a legal doctrine that makes proving negligence much easier for the injured person.

Of course, a city ordinance is not a statute, but the same principle arguably ought to apply. It seems rather obvious that the people who stand to be hurt by riding an electric scooter on the road are the riders of the scooter, not the drivers of the car. Scooters companies, which are tech companies like Uber with valuations in the millions or billions of dollars, certainly have the resources to read the law in the areas they operate to make sure they are compliant.

Why Injured Riders Turn to Rudenberg & Glasser, P.A.

Rudenberg and Glasser, P.A. is always thinking outside the box to utilize legal arguments that insurance companies and their lawyers don’t see everyday—or, that have never even been made before. By showing that we are aggressive and attentive to the details of our clients’ cases and the law, defendants know we mean business. And, if a drawn out courtroom battle is necessary, they know we will not make it easy for them.

We believe that only by working harder and smarter can a law firm get maximum value for its clients. We strive to embody this mission statement with each case and client we represent. Give us a call to hear what we can do to maximize the value in your case.

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Our Victories

  • Not Guilty, Acquitted at Trial Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

    Outcome: Client was alleged to have used his vehicle to strike victim, and there was video of the incident which could have been interpreted to actually show the crime. The state was offering significant prison time before trial. By meticulous planning and strategic cross-examination to expose the motives and fabrications by the alleged victim, and an eyewitness in support of the alleged victim, Rudenberg & Glasser convinced a jury to acquit the client and avoid a mandatory long prison sentence.

  • Domestic Violence
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser went to trial and were able to show during cross-examination that the alleged victim was the aggressor and that the client acted in self-defense. The jury returned a not guilty verdict almost immediately following trial.
  • Domestic Violence With 911 Call and Pictures
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser took the case to trial after fleshing out inconsistencies in the alleged victim's account. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty and the client's unblemished record was preserved.
  • False Arrest

    Outcome: Attorney Glasser was able to show with video footage that his client did not commit the alleged offense and furthermore, the police officer who ordered his arrest was negligent in his investigation and improperly supervised.

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  • Probation Only Federal Conspiracy to Commit Mail & Wire Fraud

    Outcome: Through compelling sentencing memorandum and passionate oral argument, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to convince the federal court judge to sentence their client to treatment for substance abuse, and no incarceration, even though the client had a lengthy criminal history and the Government was seeking prison time.

  • Felony DUI: Client was in an Accident and Left the Scene
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser filed a compelling motion to suppress evidence based on law enforcement's actions during the investigation. Rudenberg & Glasser were able to persuade the prosecutor prior to the motion to suppress hearing that the charge should be broken down from a felony to a misdemeanor and the client was offered probation instead of the previously sought prison sentence.
  • Final Injunction Hearing
    Outcome: Client desperately needed to avoid a final injunction on his record. Rudenberg & Glasser defended him at the hearing and proved that the Petitioner was not in fear for her safety. The judge dismissed the injunction.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanor: Resisting Police Officer Without Violence
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg presented evidence that the police officer’s version of events was not credible, and that accusations were made to justify excessive use of force by police officer. Jury returned a verdict of not guilty in less than five minutes.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanors: DUI & Possession of Cannabis
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg won a motion arguing the DUI checkpoint was conducted in violation of the Fourth Amendment, and the Judge entered an order suppressing all evidence. Case was dropped by the State, and client avoided a mandatory conviction for DUI, as well as mandatory fines and license suspensions.
  • $250,000 Pre-Trial Personal Injury

    Outcome: Client was injured by a malfunctioning door, requiring stitches and leaving a scar on client's knee. There were limited medical bills and no surgeries, but through extremely challenging and successful negotiations, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to secure a settlement of $250,000.

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