Problems arise, however, when scooter users do not carry their own personal helmet and these companies fail to provide users with a helmet. Furthermore, electric scooter companies do not enforce these rules. While electric scooter companies encourage riders to abide by local and state laws as well as encourage them to practice safe riding, they do not oversee that this actually happens. Besides local law enforcement, there is very little regulation on ensuring that riders are using electric scooters safely.
State and Local Laws Regarding Electric Scooters
Since electric scooters and their rental service is a fairly new industry, there are few local and state laws that regulate how these companies should work. Additionally, there are minimal regulations when it comes to the recommended road rules that must be followed by electric scooter riders.
There are few communities that have taken proactive steps in regulating dock less scooters after scooter companies began to serve within their jurisdiction. Other communities have taken anticipatory efforts in ensuring that these scooters do not enter their city-limits. In spite of this, electric scooter companies will often continue to flood communities that have taken action against the installation of scooters in their jurisdiction. This is important to know because if a personal injury accident happens within a city that has banned these types of electric scooters, victims seeking compensation may find it difficult to hold a municipality liable for their losses.
Potential Dangers of Using Electric Scooters Such as Bird and Lime
Without a doubt, electric scooters offer many benefits and this is evident through their popularity. While electric scooter companies such as Bird and Lime offer fast transportation, a reduction in citywide traffic, and environmental friendliness, there are still various dangers that can be associated with their use.
Some of the most common concerns associated with electric scooters involve, but are not limited to the following:
The abandonment of electric scooters in random places – When an electric scooter is left in an unsystematic location, this can create dangerous conditions for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers as well. People and cyclists in specific run the risk of tripping over the abandoned scooters, causing serious bodily harm.
Excessive speeds – While most scooters are set to a maximum speed of 15mph, these speeds can still cause serious injuries to inexperienced riders; pedestrians sharing a sidewalk with riders; bicyclists traveling at similar speeds; as well as auto drivers who suffer an accident after attempting to avoid an uncontrolled scooter user.
Using electric scooters on the sidewalk – Depending on a specific city or county, using an electric scooter on a sidewalk may be prohibited. When scooters are used in high-traffic areas, pedestrians are the most susceptible to suffer injures. Similarly, electric scooter users that are inexperienced can suffer injuries when using sidewalks that have obstructing trash bins, uneven pavement, or have street signs.
Auto Accidents – Regions that prohibit the use of electric scooters on sidewalks will demand that scooters be used on roadways. In effort of reducing collisions with pedestrians, electric scooter users will instead face the possibility of being involved in an accident with a moving vehicle. Unfortunately, placing electric scooters in the direct path of moving vehicles can cause serious injuries. Riders can face injuries such as traumatic head injuries, broken bones, catastrophic spine and back injuries, or cuts and abrasions.
What to Do if Involved in a Bird or Lime Scooter Accident
If you have been involved in a scooter accident as a Bird or Lime user, you should consider seeking the legal support of an experienced Bird or Lime scooter accident attorney. As an accident victim, you may be able to obtain financial compensation for the injuries you have sustained. A skilled personal injury attorney who has experienced in electric scooter accidents can help you identify the responsible party.
Attorney Scot Moga has over 20 years of experience in the field of personal injury lawsuits. Have you been injured involving a rented electric scooter? Attorney Moga has dedicated his career to helping people who have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of another’s negligence. When a person has suffered personal injuries, property damage, or even the loss of a quality of life because of another persons’ negligence, it is important to immediately seek the professional advice of an experienced attorney. A skilled attorney with the right experience will vigorously champion for the rights and interests of the injured victim.
Personal injury lawsuits involving electric scooters in California are subject to strict time limitations. If you have been injured after a negligent accident, obtain the support of a skilled attorney as soon as possible. Scot Moga always offers a FREE CONSULTATION.