You may or may not be familiar with the craze taking metropolitan cities by storm.. The Electric Scooters – also referred to as electric rental scooters, rideshare scooters, and motorized scooters – but if you aren’t, you very likely soon will be. As their popularity continues to skyrocket at an exponential rate, electric scooters may flood the streets of your community, just as they have with many other communities. And these electric scooters are no longer just a headache for major cities; many college communities and smaller towns are now being overrun with electric scooters as well. As more electric scooters make their way into the city, Shamis & Gentile is seeing an increase in electric scooter accident lawsuits. If you’ve been injured while operating an electric scooter, contact an electric scooter accident lawyer at Shamis & Gentile, P.A.
The most common electric scooter companies operating in the U.S. are Bird, Bolt, Lime, and Lyft. These companies manage the scooters in the communities and provide the apps for users to access the scooters.
Electric scooters are a new form of rideshare transportation. If you do not purchase your own electric scooter, users are able to access the scooters through an app on their phone, which is connected to the user’s banking information. The user can use the app to “unlock” or activate the scooter. Once the scooter is unlocked, the user has full operational access to the scooter and is able to drive it wherever they want and for as long as they would like. Once the user is done with the scooter, they can simply abandon it at any location. The app on the user’s phone uses GPS tracking to track the user’s ride and charge the user accordingly. The app then alerts other users of the scooter’s location, making it available for other users to activate.
If you do decide to use an electric scooter rental service, here are some safety measures that you can take in order to avoid an accident.
If you are involved in an electric scooter accident, you should contact a Bird Scooter accident lawyer, Bolt Scooter accident lawyer, Lime Scooter accident lawyer or Lyft Scooter accident lawyer right away. You may be eligible to participate in a Bird Electric Scooter accident lawsuit, Bolt Electric Scooter accident lawsuit, Lime Electric Scooter accident lawsuit, Lyft Electric Scooter accident lawsuit, and other electric scooter rental accident lawsuits.
Shamis & Gentile, P.A. offers free no-obligation case consultations for any potential Bolt Scooter accident lawsuit, Bird Scooter accident lawsuit, Lime Scooter accident lawsuit, Lyft Scooter accident lawsuit, and other rental scooter accident lawsuits.
One of our experienced electric scooter accident attorneys would be happy to review and discuss your case, free of charge.
If you are involved in an electric scooter accident in Miami, contact one of our personal injury attorneys today!
Due to their power level and top speed, electric scooters are generally not classified as road vehicles. This classification makes it illegal to ride electric scooters on the roads of most American states.
Whether electric scooters may be used on pavements or not, depends on the different states and their respective laws. Each state has a slightly different law. Electrical scooters are like conventional bicycles – no extra regulation is required. In most of the USA, you can ride your electric scooter tension free on sidewalks.
Current California state law says that electric scooters are legal with a few restrictions:
You must have a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit.
You must wear a helmet.
You cannot ride your electric scooter over 15 mph.
You cannot ride the electric scooter on the sidewalk.
You cannot ride on the street with a speed limit over 25 mph, unless you ride in a bike lane.
If you do ride in the street, you must stay on the right side and ride as close as you can to the curb, with exceptions.
Licensing laws generally depend on the state. In California, for example, scooter-riders need licenses but not a special vehicle registration. Most scooter-sharing startups require users to have driving licenses, and when signing up, you will be required to scan the document. This measure is needed to ensure that users are over 18 years old.
Scooter users need to ensure that their vehicles are fit for use on the streets. Small and toy-like e-scooters designed for recreational use are not fast or even safe for use on the roads. Roadworthy scooters should be powerful and sturdy enough to withstand the traffic on heavily-used roads. These scooters are fitted with various features to make them street legal including a suspension system, steering, lights, review mirrors, horn, and turn signals depending on the state.
There are a lot of people who have had some kind of fractures and broken bones as a result of scooter accidents. Countless people were hurt, most while riding an e-scooter, others from merely walking on sidewalks. The most common injuries are fractures, head injuries, and soft-tissue injuries. Studies state that injuries associated with electric scooter use were common, ranged in severity, and suggest low rates of adherence to existing regulations around rider age and low rates of helmet use. Most of the people who went to the ER were able to go home, but a small percentage of people actually had to be admitted to the hospital. About one percent went to the intensive care units.
These are just a few of the headlines that appeared involving scooter accidents:
“Head injuries make up 40% of e-scooter ER visits: Study” (ABC News)
“Among injured e-scooter riders, only 4% were wearing helmets” (CNN)
“Head injuries, fractures common in e-scooter crashes, study finds” (CBS News)
“Scooters: The Next Public Health Issue?” (USA Today)