Bird scooters and other motorized electric scooter rental services changed the way people get around. Whether a college student zipping across campus from one class to another or a traveler looking to speed up the last leg of your journey after getting off the bus or train, companies like Bird and their rental scooter services have provided a convenient way to speedily get from one way to another. However, although convenient, using Bird scooters may not be all that safe. Many riders do not use helmets or other safety gear with these scooters (as none are provided at the time of rental), and when involved in an accident—especially a collision with a car or truck—a scooter rider can be seriously injured. If you were injured while riding a rented motorized scooter and want to discuss your case with a Bird scooter injury lawyer, the attorneys at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. are available to talk to you about your rights under the law as an accident victim.
Although data recording for statistics related to Bird scooter and other motorized scooter injuries or fatalities does not yet exist, the New York Times recently did a piece regarding Bird scooter safety, and they interviewed Dr. Catherine Julliard, a surgeon who works at San Francisco General Hospital, who stated that she estimates that the hospital treats between 5 and 10 electric scooter injuries per week. In the summer of 2018, Bird announced that they will begin to keep and analyze data in an effort to increase the safety of electric rental scooter riders.
There is a conundrum with where Bird scooter riders should use their rented rides when they are traveling. On the one hand, they move too slowly to ride in traffic with cars, trucks, and buses, as their top speed is approximately 15 miles per hour. On the other hand, they move too quickly to necessarily be safe to ride on pedestrian easements such as sidewalks, especially if those sidewalks are populated by walkers moving at 1 to 2 miles per hour. Bicycle lanes are specifically for cyclists to use, and cyclists can ride at speeds higher than 15 miles per hour. Is there any place where Bird scooters can be ridden that is safe for all?
If you have been hurt while using a rental scooter service and need a Bird scooter injury lawyer in Independence, the attorneys at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. can help you with filing a claim in civil court. We have more than 40 years of experience in the legal world, and we specialize in personal injury litigation. We are dedicated to assisting our clients with turning a bad day into a brighter future by seeking out justice through the legal system. We will fight to help you recover damages in the form of financial compensation for your pain and suffering, and we charge no fees until your case is successfully resolved. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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