DALLAS—A local Dallas musician was recently the victim of a hit and run while he was walking on a Downtown Dallas sidewalk, leaving him a trip to the emergency room, injuries to the face and the financial burden of paying for injuries caused by no fault of his own.
The vehicle was a rental scooter traveling at full speed.
Cody Daniels, 31, is likely the city’s first hit-and-run victim via rental scooter.
Daniels was leaving his job in Downtown Dallas near the aquarium when he said he was blindsided by a man riding a Lime rental scooter.
“I Stepped onto the sidewalk and then he hit me from this side, straight to the ground,” Daniels said. “He hit me faster than I could turn my head really to look.”
Daniels said his co-workers treated him with first aid before he left to visit an urgent care. There, he received 7 stitches over his right eye.
Worst of it all, Daniels said that the rider who hit him just fled the scene.
Because the rider took off, Daniels will be paying off his urgent care bill on his own, which he said will probably cost upwards around $400.
Daniels said he has health insurance but isn’t sure if the amount meets his deductible. Plus, Daniels said the rider was on the sidewalk. A big no-no in downtown Dallas.
This unfortunate incident raises some very important questions:
- Does the victim have the option to file a claim with his motor vehicle insurance?
- Is the rental scooter recognized as a motor vehicle?
- In this case, can the victim seek compensation from the rider?
- Can the person who fled the seen be faced with criminal charges?
- Can the person be fined for riding on the sidewalk after the fact?
Late last month, the city agreed to a 6-month trial run with electric rental scooters. They travel up to 15 mph after the rider pays a fee.
You can’t ride on sidewalks in the Central Business District (which includes Deep Ellum and Downtown Dallas), and you can’t ride in a street where the speed limit is over 35 mph.
Failure to do so could get you a fine up to $500 – enforced by…who, exactly?
In light of these details, Mr. Daniels may indeed have a case.
With more and more patrons taking to the Dallas rental scooters, it is important for pedestrians to know their rights, and options, if they find themselves in a similar situation. Call the attorneys at Reyes Browne Reilley today for a free consultation.