Electric scooters are moving into Kansas City. You may have heard of a few of the companies, with one of the largest being Bird. These scooters have plagued many large cities across the country for a few reasons. They have caused significant injuries, and not just to riders.
Now, we want to dig into how they are affecting our area so far.
According to this story from Starland News, EMS records show only 19 accidents related to electric scooters so far in Kansas City.
- Most of the injuries reported have included abrasions and minor pain.
- Four incidents were recorded for fracture and dislocations.
- Three incidents involved motor vehicles.
Do you know what to do if you are injured in a Bird incident?
If you need a Bird accident lawyer in Kansas City, you can count on Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. to be by your side. Their team will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve for your accident-related injuries.
A New Way To Get Around
In case you did not know, Bird scooters are a ridesharing service for scooters. They are designed to check out using a phone app and get you to your destination. Unfortunately, the potential for injuries is high for many people in and around the roadways of Kansas City.
There is no training or safety gear required for those who ride these scooters. If you are a pedestrian and you are hit by an untrained scooter rider, you can sustain serious injuries, as these scooters can reach relatively high speeds.
Bird also lets users leave scooters pretty much anywhere when they are done with their ride, making the scooters a tripping hazard for pedestrians. A person falling because of these randomly discarded scooters can suffer from lacerations, broken bones, or even head injuries.
Many cities have banned Bird scooters out of safety concerns, while other cities are limiting the numbers in an effort to figure out how to regulate them.
We know that these scooters are likely here to stay in Kansas City. As they gain popularity, we will see more and more incidents that cause injuries.
Who is liable for the costs of these accidents? Is it Bird?
Is it the person operating the scooter?
What You Can Do
If you or a loved one have been injured in a Bird scooter accident, we advise you to seek legal assistance now. At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., we know that dealing with an accident that causes an injury can be difficult, especially if it was caused by someone else’s negligence.
Our knowledgeable and experienced personal injury team knows how to handle these cases. We will investigate and work to secure compensation for the following:
- Accident-related medical expenses
- Lost income if your injuries prevent you from working
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages against Bird or another party