As Bird and Lime electric scooters make their way to St. Paul, our lawyers have seen a significant increase in accidents and injuries. Although electric scooters might seem like a fun way to travel around town, motor vehicles don’t always properly yield to scooters. Also, scooters are often operated by reckless individuals who fail to comprehend how dangerous motorized vehicles can be to pedestrians.
Common causes of electric scooter accidents include:
With so many riders and pedestrians suffering injuries caused by electric scooter accidents, doctors across the country have begun to gather data to document and assess the different health risks this poses to the public.
According to one hospital in Salt Lake City, doctors and staff have seen a 161% increase in cases involving electric scooter injuries. From June to September 2017, the emergency room at University of Utah Health treated eight patients who suffered scooter-related injuries. From June to September of 2018, the number of electric scooter injuries shot up to 21. Speaking about the significant increase, Troy Madsen, a doctor who works at University of Utah Health’s emergency department, said the following:
“Most of the patients with these injuries specifically reported that they were riding an e-scooter or a rental scooter. Interestingly, more than 80 percent of the injuries this year happened between Aug. 15 and Sept. 15, which would correspond with the increasing popularity and availability of the e-scooters.”
Madsen also reported that the age range of patients treated for scooter injuries ranged from 20 to 50 years old. Most of these people were injured as they tried to catch themselves after falling from the scooter.
According to doctors, the most reported injuries from scooter accidents are:
Many questions have been raised about how companies like Bird and Lime operate. For one, bird has listed ads on Craigslist looking for mechanics that say no experience is needed for the job. Additionally, you can find videos online from mechanics that show electric scooters with faulty accelerators and unsafe handle bars.
If you have suffered an electric scooter injury, you should immediately consult with our attorney to discuss your legal options. Call (888) 492-9614 today.
At Rob Roe Law, LLC, our legal team is dedicated to helping clients recover the compensation they deserve for their accident injuries. We will review the details of your case and build a strong legal strategy that will protect your rights and interests. Our attorney, Rob Roe, is prepared to use his 20 years of experience to pursue a fair case result on your behalf. Let us get to work for you.
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