Were you injured while riding a scooter? If you have been injured while riding on Lime, Bird, or Jump, we want to hear from you.
If you have walked around any major city or suburb lately you may have seen one of these fully-electric scooters zipping past you. While they may solve short term problems with accessibility to vehicles and affordability of ride share services, they are in some cases serving up long term and life-changing injuries.
If you or a loved one was injured while riding a scooter, or as a result of a Bird, Lime, or Jump scooter, please call Keane Law LLC for a free case evaluation.
Types of Scooters on the Road
Common Scooter Accidents
- Being hit by car or truck while riding scooter
- Scooter malfunction
- Uneven surface causing a fall
- Pedestrian collision
- Scooter flipping over
- Failing brakes
- Handlebar not functioning properly
Where are Scooters Permitted?
Electric scooters are often parked on sidewalks or left in strange places, sometimes even in piles. But where should people ride them? Most cities have their own specific traffic safety laws and ordinances that tell us where pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, ATVs, and vehicles do or do not belong. These laws are typically similar in one city to the next, but scooters are a confusing addition to the normal modes of transportation to which we are accustomed.
Riding scooters on sidewalks is dangerous because these electric scooters are much faster than pedestrians, and many sidewalks have cracks, gaps, tree planters, pets on leashes, and countless other obstacles that are difficult to dodge quickly and safely on a scooter.
On the other hand, electric scooters typically cannot keep up with the flow of traffic, and scooter riders may attempt to weave between lanes, ride in turn lanes, or stay close to the shoulder of the street where debris and bumps could cause the scooter to crash. You may have seen scooter-riders move suddenly between the sidewalk and street without warning, often times in order to avoid red lights. Because most electric scooters do not have turn signals or brake lights, it is difficult to know when the rider intends to turn, slow down, or stop. Even hand signals (often used by cyclists) are dangerous to attempt while riding a scooter, because doing so requires taking a hand off of the scooter’s small handlebar.
Scooter companies provide little or no instruction, and many American cities are still not designed to safely accommodate bicycles, let alone awkward electric scooters. Always use your best judgment and exercise caution while riding a scooter, and keep a lookout for other people.
Who is Responsible for My Scooter Injury?
If a driver was negligent and you were injured as a result while riding on a scooter, you may be entitled to compensation.
If the scooter malfunctioned while you were riding it by the brakes getting stuck, the handlebar malfunctioned, the battery died, or any other defect, you may have a claim against the company.
Call Keane Law today at 1-877-333-8181 for a free case evaluation and to determine if you have a claim against another individual, municipality, or company for your scooter injury or scooter accident.