Using a Bird scooter can be a lot of fun, and it can also be an efficient way to go across a large distance in a short period of time. However, riding motorized rental scooters like those offered by Bird, while convenient, can be risky, and when people on Bird scooters are involved in accidents, the results can be life-altering, including major injuries or even life-threatening injuries. If you would like to talk to a Bird scooter lawyer in Lee’s Summit about an injury you sustained in a motorized scooter accident, contact Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. to discuss your options under the law.
Although on the surface rental scooter services like Bird seem like a great idea, some users have reported problems with their rentals. Some users have complained of loose or wobbling handlebars, making for an unsafe ride, while at least one other reported a stuck throttle leading to being unable to stop the scooter in the conventional way once the accelerator was engaged. These hazards exist on top of the hazards that come along with the use of any motorized scooter, such as the risk of being involved in a road crash with a motor vehicle or bicycle on the roads or a pedestrian if using the scooter on a sidewalk.
The conundrum of where Bird scooters should be operated is one that has plagued users since motorized scooter usage became popular. If using them in the roadways, there is a concern that vehicles like cars or trucks will pose a major threat to these scooter riders. Bicycle lanes could be one alternative to driving in or on the side of the road, but these lanes are intended specifically for bicycles, whose top speeds can be double or more that of a Bird scooter’s. As for use on sidewalks, where pedestrians walk and jog, scooter riding could be dangerous here, as well, for both the pedestrians and the scooter rider alike, as motorized scooters like those offered for rental by Bird can reach speeds of 15 miles per hour—far higher than the average pedestrian can travel. The question of where Bird scooters can be safely ridden has yet to be answered.
If you need a Bird scooter lawyer in Lee’s Summit, the attorneys at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. can be your courtroom advocates. We have more than 40 years of experience in helping our clientele turn a bad day into a brighter future by demanding justice in the civil courts. As an accident victim, you could be qualified for financial compensation as damages. Damages are assessed based on factors such as medical expense costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering resulting from your accident injuries, and we will push to get you every last penny you are entitled to under the law. Contact us today for your free consultation.
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