Electric scooters from companies like Bird and Lime are now commonplace in cities all over the country. While they only made a brief appearance in Indianapolis earlier this summer, both companies have submitted applications to return to Indy with even more scooters than before. These e-scooters are an efficient and cost-effective way to get around the city, but they also put riders and non-riders alike at the risk of injury.
Operating agreements from both companies require riders to wear helmets and always follow traffic laws, but even with these requirements, emergency rooms are seeing severe injuries caused by scooter accidents. In addition to scooter riders being at risk of injuring themselves, scooters also put pedestrians at risk. Pedestrians can be injured when they are struck by a scooter or by tripping over a scooter that has been discarded on the sidewalk.
So who pays for medical treatments and other damages following an electric scooter accident? There are many different scenarios to consider:
· Scooter rider is injured due to a defective or malfunctioning scooter;
· Scooter rider is injured due to negligently maintained street, pothole, etc.;
· Driver of another vehicle is injured due to illegal or dangerous maneuvers by scooter rider;
· Pedestrian is injured when struck by a scooter; and/or
· Pedestrian is injured after tripping over a scooter left on the sidewalk or in an entryway.
As we see the return of Bird and Lime scooters to Indianapolis, we will no doubt also see accidents and the resulting injuries to scooter riders and pedestrians. If you have been involved in an accident, call the Indianapolis injury attorneys at Pavlack Law at 317-251-1100 for a free consultation.