Q: I was severely injured in a scooter accident on oahu. Does scooter owner cover my injury costs? Do I pay for damages?
Told witnesses that front wheel felt as if it went flat, started to wobble and I lost control of bike causing me to crash into parked truck. I sustained serious injuries, spent 9 days in Honolulu hospital just to stabilize me enough to travel home to Kentucky. Scooter rental company is asking me to pay for damages to scooter. Should I pay for scooter damages? Owner didn’t check over the scooter before letting me drive off as she did first scooter, but first scooter would not start so she grabbed another from back and I drove off. Accident happened within a 5 minutes or 1/2 mile from rental place before I lost control. Is the rental lance responsible for my medical bills? Am I responsible to pay the damage to the scooter? Rental said she would pay labor. I’m lost here.
A: I'm sorry to hear about your serious injuries. You posted this in Kentucky, but you should be directing your inquiry to attorneys in Hawaii. You should immediately contact law firms in Hawaii that handle injury. You should do this without delay because based on your description of the failure of the front wheel and the introduction of the wobbling forces, it is very likely that the scooter presents evidence that needs to be preserved. Do not worry about damages to the scooter at this point. Given your injuries that required a nine-day hospital stay, the repair of a scooter would be among the least important considerations at this point. I wish you a healthy recovery from your injuries. Good luck
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