Rental Electric Scooter Accidents
Electric Scooters Are Showing Up in Cities Throughout the U.S.
In less than 2 years since its start, Bird Rides, Inc. has grown into a billion-dollar company. Its electric rental scooters are popping up in major cities all across the United States and many city-goers are using the cheap scooter rental service (which charges a mere 15 cents per minute in addition to a $1 base charge) as an alternative to taxis, walking, subways, and other costlier urban travel methods.
LimeBike also rents out electric scooters and bicycles, and is currently valued at more than $225 million. The combined value of these 2 companies reveals that consumers have purchased millions of rides since January 2017. As profits increase, so do the rates of accident and injury among riders.
Many users have been harmed while riding scooters with cut wires, faulty braking mechanisms, locked front tires, and other dangerous defects. There have been many other reported instances of collisions between scooter riders and bicyclists, pedestrians, runners, motorcyclists, drivers, and stationary objects on the sidewalk or in the road. Due to the frequency of these reports, some cities (including Beverly Hills, Denver, and San Francisco) have banned electric rental scooter companies altogether.
What to Do if You’ve Been in an Accident Involving a Rental Electric Scooter
Whether you were riding the scooter in question or were hit by someone who was, you may have legal recourse and be able to take action to obtain compensation for your injuries.
If you have been hurt because of an electric scooter, there are a number of things you must do:
- Seek medical attention immediately.
- Write down the details of your accident as soon as possible in order to avoid forgetting any essential information.
- Begin keeping a tally of your injuries and all costs associated with your accident.
- Talk to and obtain contact information from any witnesses to the incident.
- Connect with an attorney right away.
Talk to an Electric Scooter Accident Lawyer
At DiPasquale Moore, we are committed to helping people like you who have been injured through no fault of their own. Our Kansas City & Topeka personal injury attorneys may be able to help you identify the responsible party in your scooter accident case and help you fight for the compensation you deserve, even if that means going up against a big company like Bird or LimeBike. We have achieved a number of life-changing results for our injured clients and know what it takes to craft a strong case on your behalf.
Connect with us today by calling (888) 743-1030. You can also send us a message to request your free consultation.