Dangers of Electric Scooters
In the past few years, the popularity of electric scooters has taken off, particularly in Southern California.Scooters from companies such as Bird and Lime have been seen on city streets during rush hour and are transportation alternatives to bicycles and motorcycles.
However, these scooters are for quick trips only. They go up to 15 mph and go just 15 miles on a charge. There are also many regulations for electric scooter operation that many users regularly ignore, leading to serious injuries.
In fact, many people have been injured by these scooters. Some have suffered broken bones and concussions. Some have even been killed by these machines. As the popularity of rental scooters has grown, so too have the number of scooter accidents.
Bird and Lime scooters are popping up all over the United States and even other countries. While they are perceived as fun recreational vehicles, they are not safe. They carry the same risks as motorcycles because of their small size and lack of protection. They are even less safe than bicycles. Scooter riders are cropping up in emergency rooms every day injuries such as fractures, broken jaws, face lacerations and internal bleeding. Head and neck injuries are also common. Some are even dying from electric scooter use. Many riders end up pinned under vehicles, causing fatal injuries.
Making matters worse is that riders are supposed to wear helmets when riding electric scooters. Many riders disregard the laws and they later regret it when they end up with serious injuries.
Weighing at just 25 pounds, these scooters are small but that doesn’t mean they’re safe. These scooters may seem fun, but they can lead to many dangers, which include:
· Inexperience. Those who are riding these scooters for the first time are often unaware of how to use them. These scooters can accelerate quickly, taking the rider by surprise. As a result, they are likely to get into accidents.
· Pedestrians. Pedestrians may not see these small scooters and scooter riders may not know to watch for pedestrians. This can lead to serious accidents.
· Road hazards. Scooters are similar to motorcycles in that even little things on the road can cause instability. This includes potholes, debris, puddles, gravel and uneven surfaces.
· Reduced visibility. Scooters are small and are not easily seen by other motorists. As a result, scooters may get hit by passenger vehicles.
· Risky behavior. Some electric scooter riders drive recklessly. They may drive while intoxicated or drive against traffic. This puts them at risk of a deadly accident.
Nadrich & Cohen, LLP has represented numerous accident victims throughout California, injuries big and small. If you or a loved one has been injured while operating an electric scooter, contact our law firm today for a free and confidential consultation. Call us at 1-800-718-4658.