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Sharable electric scooters have become the latest transportation trend in major metropolitan areas across the country, including Manhattan and New York City in general. While they can be loads of fun, affordable, and an environmentally friendly way to get around the city, e-scooters present serious risks to their users and others with whom they share the roads and sidewalks, especially when negligent individuals or entities fail to live up to their duty of care.
If you have been hurt in a scooter accident in NYC, you may have the right to seek monetary damages for your injuries by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Personal injury lawsuits provide an opportunity for victims to seek justice against a negligent party, and to hold that party liable for damages they have suffered. Prevailing in a lawsuit, however, requires experienced advocacy and representation.
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Although e-scooters from companies like Bird, Lime, Lyft, and other so-called “tech-companies” have become increasingly popular in a relatively short period of time, their potential for posing serious risk of injury to others is already apparent. Across the nation, doctors and emergency room facilities are reporting significant increases in the number of scooter accident victims they see, many of whom arrive in their ER departments with severe injuries not unlike those suffered in NYC car accidents. These often include:
- Fractures and broken bones;
- Concussions or brain injuries;
- Neck, back, and spinal injuries;
- Lacerations, dental, and facial injuries;
- Injuries requiring surgery.
These and other injuries aren’t just experienced by scooter riders. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and even motorists can suffer harm in preventable accidents involving e-scooters. Some of the most common instances where scooter accident cases include:
- Pedestrian accidents – Pedestrians are by far the most vulnerable people on public roads and sidewalks, and they face many risks posed by e-scooters. From riders who negligently or unlawfully operate scooters to abandoned scooters which create other hazards, scooter and pedestrian accidents can occur in a number of ways.
- Bicycle accidents – Because e-scooters are able to reach speeds in excess of 15 mph, they’re operators often travel in bike lanes. That can be a severe hazard for bicyclists who are struck by e-scooter riders and are forced out of their bike lanes and into the path of oncoming motor vehicles, running off the road into structures objects or other vehicles, and suffering injuries arising therefrom.
- Motor vehicles – Though motorists have the benefit of being protected by their cars, which include seatbelts and airbags, they can still face significant risks of harm in accidents caused by or contributed to by e-scooters, such as riders who operate their scooters in an erratic manner, violate traffic laws, or engage in other high-risk behaviors that may cause or contribute to crashes and collisions.
- Unsafe scooters – The companies which manufacture these e-scooters and make them available to the public have a duty to make sure that they are safe for their intended use and that they’re properly maintained and in good working condition. If a defectively designed, manufactured or marketed scooter causes injury to others, or a scooter is in a state of disrepair, then malfunction while users are operating them, accidents and injuries can result.
- Scooter chargers – Many sharable e-scooter companies depend on people to pick up their scooters to charge them in their homes. Known as “juicers,” these people are compensated for doing this, but can face risks of injuries, especially when defective scooters or charging batteries cause fires.
- Riders being struck by vehicles – Because they’re small and difficult to see, scooter riders face risks similar to bicyclists and pedestrians when it comes to being struck by careless, distracted, and negligent motorists. In fact, many of the most highly publicized scooter accident cases have involved scooter riders being struck by vehicles in crosswalks, parking lots and other areas of the roadways. Just as with pedestrians and cyclists, riders have little to protect them against serious injuries or death when involved in auto accidents.
New Industry & New Legal Challenges
The risk for accidents and injuries associated with e-scooters are becoming more and more obvious as time goes on. In light of the novelty of these scooters and their quick infiltration into New York City, local governments and lawmakers are struggling to address the new issues and legal challenges they’re creating – especially in terms of accidents and liability.
Overcoming the novel issues and legal challenges in scooter accident cases can be a complex endeavor, and one which is often complicated by corporations and insurance companies that care more about protecting their profits than fairly paying injured victims and their families. At The Law Firm of Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. PC, our New York City scooter accident attorneys have the experience to help victims explore their rights and options for holding negligent parties accountable for their damages – including their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering.