Determining Responsibility in New Mexico Electric Scooter Accidents

by | Dec 21, 2023 | Injuries | 0 comments

The whirr of electric scooters has become a familiar sound in New Mexico, promising a swift and eco-friendly means of transportation. Yet, as these scooters weave through traffic and pedestrians, the potential for accidents looms large. Accidents involving electric scooters can lead to injuries, leaving individuals wondering about liability and responsibility.

At Dominguez Law, we recognize that every accident affects individuals differently, and our commitment is to identify responsible parties and advocate fiercely for those seeking justice in the aftermath of electric scooter incidents.

Electric Scooter Regulations in New Mexico

In recent years, electric scooters have become a popular and convenient mode of transportation in many cities, including right here in New Mexico. While these scooters offer an efficient and convenient way to navigate urban landscapes, they also come with their own set of safety concerns.

New Mexico, like many states, has specific traffic laws and regulations pertaining to electric scooters. These may include rules about where scooters can be ridden, helmet requirements, and speed limits. Understanding these laws is essential in determining who may be held responsible in the event of an accident.

E-scooter riders are generally expected to adhere to traffic laws and exercise caution on the roads. Responsible scooter use involves obeying traffic signals, yielding the right of way, and riding in designated areas.

Who Is Responsible for an E-Scooter Accident in New Mexico?

As these scooters increasingly dot the streets of our cities, the potential for accidents and injuries naturally increases. With riders, pedestrians, and motorists sharing the same spaces, the question of responsibility becomes paramount in the aftermath of a scooter-related incident. Some potentially responsible parties include:

Scooter Riders

Scooter riders have a responsibility to operate the vehicle safely, following traffic laws and regulations. If a rider’s negligent actions, such as reckless riding or violating traffic rules, contribute to an accident, they may be held accountable for their negligence.


Drivers of other vehicles on the road are expected to be aware of and share the space with electric scooters. If a motorist acts negligently, such as by failing to yield to a scooter or driving recklessly, they could be found liable for any resulting accidents.


Manufacturing defects or design flaws in electric scooters can lead to accidents. If a defect in the scooter itself contributes to the incident, the scooter manufacturer or distributor may be responsible for injuries sustained.

Maintenance Providers

Those responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of electric scooters, whether owned by a company or operated through a shared mobility program, may be liable if inadequate maintenance contributes to an accident.


Pedestrians must also be aware of their surroundings, including the presence of electric scooters. If a pedestrian’s negligent actions lead to a collision, they may be held partially or fully responsible for the accident.

City or Municipality

Poorly maintained roads, lack of proper signage, or inadequate infrastructure may contribute to accidents involving electric scooters. In some cases, the city or municipality responsible for road maintenance and safety measures could be held liable.

Other Third Parties

Depending on the circumstances, there may be other third parties, such as property owners or event organizers, whose negligence contributes to an electric scooter accident.

Determining responsibility is a crucial step in pursuing compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been involved in an electric scooter accident and are seeking clarity on responsibility or pursuing compensation for injuries, do not navigate the legal complexities alone – seek legal counsel from an experienced e-scooter accident attorney as soon as possible.

Reach Out to a Skilled Electric Scooter Accident Lawyer in New Mexico Today

If you suffered an injury in a New Mexico e-scooter accident, a compassionate and aggressive Dominguez Law personal injury lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the factors contributing to the accident, including the actions of drivers, e-scooter manufacturers, and potential infrastructure issues.

Our team is available to help you navigate the complexities of determining responsibility and fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation and take the first step toward accountability and recovery. Call (505) 850-5854 or fill out our contact form to begin discussing your legal options today. Our team also speaks Spanish.