Cities are being bombarded with transportation options to help move residents, commuters, and visitors from place to place. The roadways are now crowded with rideshare vehicles like Uber and Lyft. In addition to pedestrians, walkways are crowded with bicycles, electric bikes, mopeds, hoverboards, and Segways. Add to all these electric scooters.
In early May 2018, Bird, an electric scooter company launched in Atlanta, followed up with rollouts in Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Austin. The electric scooter is a pay-as-you-go vehicle – unlocked for $1 with a smartphone, users are charged fifteen cents a minute to travel short distances, often less than two miles. The electric scooter can run up to speeds of 15 miles per hour. Other companies offering electric scooter service are Lime and Spin.
Unsafe Use of Electric Scooters Leads to Accidents
Accidents are common when electric scooters are used unsafely. They include:
- Riding scooter without helmets
- Children riding the electric scooters
- People riding scooters on sidewalks
- Scooters left abandoned in the middle of sidewalks
- Scooters left in front of building entrances and exits, blocking access to businesses and homes
- Riding scooters with two people
Electric Scooters can be Dangerous
Electric scooter operators can be struck by a car or other vehicle or crash into pedestrians and cause serious injury. The scooter operators are less visible to cars. There is also no physical barrier between the scooter operator and the road. Inexperienced riders who panic or go on a joy ride with two people, or who are intoxicated, are also prone to accidents and injuries because they do not know the road hazards and the vehicle itself is less stable.
Common Electric Scooter Accidents
Electric scooter accidents often involve being hit by a car or driving into a car. In Nashville, two women were seriously injured following a hit-and-run car accident. In San Diego, a man drove into the path of a car and suffered a collapsed lung, broken ribs, broken clavicle, and a broken scapula.
Georgia requires electric scooter riders to use a helmet when operating the electric scooter vehicle. Bird provides customers with the helmet if requested. Despite head protection, accidents still occur. Operators can crash into cars, pedestrians, or fall off the vehicles. Injuries include bumps and bruises but also life-altering head injuries, broken bones, and fractures.
Have You Been Hurt in an Electric Scooter Accident?
If you or your child has been hurt following an electric scooter accident, contact Georgia’s Electric Scooter Accident Lawyers at the Berelc Law Firm. Located in Lavonia, Georgia, the Electric Scooter Accident Lawyers help individuals receive compensation for their injuries following an electric scooter accident. If the injured person dies as a result of his or her injuries, survivors may be able to pursue wrongful death actions. Call (706) 914-1915 today to schedule a free appointment. We are available 24/7 to help you. You can also book your appointment online. Ask us about our other practice areas including auto accidents, personal injury claims, workers’ compensation, criminal law, and family law.