Electric Scooter Accidents Involving Innocent People Dramatically Rise
Over the past 18 months, electric scooters have appeared in cities across the United States in droves. The number of companies placing electric scooters into major and mid-size U.S. cities tops over two dozen and is growing. Even rideshare companies like Lyft have gotten into the act. While electric scooters have become increasingly popular, generally with the younger set, the dangers associated with these devices is becoming apparent and extensive. Significantly, injuries from electric scooter accidents are far from confined to those people who voluntarily elect to dash-about on these riders. Rather, a growing number of innocent men, women, and children are injured every day as a result of an electric scooter accident.
Electric Scooter Accidents and Pedestrians
A great debate surrounding electric scooters is where they should be operated. Most communities have set forth regulations that require electric scooters to be used on streets in a manner similar with bicycles. Some locales have not imposed that requirement, at least not yet.
Even in cities where the technical requirement is for electric scooters to be ridden on streets, time and again people are using them on sidewalks. The use of these devices on sidewalks has heightened the risk of walking experienced by pedestrians every singly day.
Collisions between electric scooters and pedestrians can result in serious injuries to a walker that include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Bone fractures
- Tendon, ligament, and nerve damage
- Severe bleeding
- Damaged internal organs
Indeed, an electric scooter accident with a pedestrian can result in permanent disability.
There are several commonplace causes of electric scooter accidents with pedestrians. These include:
- Negligent or reckless operation of e-scooter
- Defect in electric scooter
- Intoxicated operator of e-scooter
- Distracted operator of e-scooter
- Riding electronic scooter in an improper location
Electric Scooter Accidents and Trip and Fall Incidents
Another area in which innocent people are injured as a result of electronic scooter accidents involves trip and fall incidents. One of the selling points of electronic scooter companies is that these devices can literally be left nearly anywhere between uses. Some cities have imposed regulations about the manner in which e-scooters are stowed between uses. Some have not.
No matter the existing regulations in a community, time and again users of electronic scooters simply leave them on a sidewalk near their ultimate destination. E-scooter companies lack appropriate processes to wrangle scooters that are not in use and to place them in a safe stowage location.
Because of the manner in which electronic scooters are placed between uses, an ever-increasing number of people are tripping and falling over these devices – particularly at night. These individuals are using reasonable care as they walk but are understandably unable to identify a scooter on its side on a sidewalk at night. The types of injuries sustained as a result of a trip and fall incident are akin to those mentioned a moment ago associated with collisions between e-scooters and pedestrians.
Legal Rights and Interests Following an Electric Scooter Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of an electronic scooter accident of some sort, you need to be proactive and diligent in protecting your vital legal rights and interests. The surest step you can take to protect your legal rights is to seek out a qualified, experienced, tenacious electronic scooter accident lawyer from The Doan Law Office. A nationwide legal practice, our firm is committed to fight for our clients in injury cases, including in situations that present novel or developing legal issues – like e-scooter pedestrian accidents as well as trip and fall situations.
You can connect immediately with an electronic scooter accident lawyer at our firm any time of the day or night by calling (800) 349-0000. We can schedule a consultation and case evaluation with you any time that is convenient for you. We’ve offices located from coast-to-coast. We can meet at your home or arrange a virtual consultation with you online. There is never a charge for an initial consultation with a Doan Law Firm electronic scooter accident lawyer.
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