Go down the sidewalks in any major city in the United States and you will see Electric Scooters, referred to as E-scooters, littering the sidewalks. That is because they are gaining significant popularity as a way to commute in cities, but have little regulations on their use.
An investigation by Consumer Reports has revealed that there have been at least 1,545 accidents in the US involving electric scooters over the past year. Lime (founded January 2017) and Bird (founded April 2017) have been the main players in e-scooter rental, although big ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft have been jostling to access the market as well.
A large concern has been safety. Lime and Bird both emphasize safety on their websites and advise riders to wear helmets — which are not provided with the scooters themselves. At the same, Bird was also a major proponent of a California law, passed in September 2018, which removed the legal requirement for scooter riders to wear helmets.
As a result of the increased presence of E-scooters, serious injuries reported are also on the rise. This is both from injuries of people operating the E-scooters as well pedestrians on sidewalks who are stuck by the scooters. In both cases, serious injuries and even death have been reported.
If you have been injured due to an E-scooter, you may be able to be compensated for those injuries. The Spinal Cord Injury Law Firm understands the dangerous nature of these devices and can discuss with you potential legal options following serious injuries from E-scooters. Call us at 1-877-SCI-FIRM for a free consultation on your case today.
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