2018 ushered in a year of electric scooters across the country, even here in Fort Lauderdale. One of the largest companies for these scooters, Bird, aims to make transportation around town easier for our citizens, but we also know that there have been many accidents because of them.
Pedestrian injuries from scooters are something that concerns many municipalities. Not only do the people riding them get hurt, but they are also striking non-riders. At Vladimir Tsirkin & Associates, P.A. you can count on us to help if you have been injured in a scooter accident. When you need a Fort Lauderdale bird scooter accident attorney, turn to us to recover the compensation you need.
We recognize that Bird is not the only company doing business with electric scooters. Electric scooters are now in more than 30 American cities and that number is growing each day.
But are they safe?
Municipalities are trying to keep up with regulating the industry, but they are having a hard time. While they attempt to figure out how to handle these new ridesharing options, people are getting hurt. In fact, some people have even lost their lives in scooter accidents.
These scooters offer people a convenient way to get around the city. They just have to unlock the scooter through the app, ride to their destination, then leave the scooter at a drop off point near the stop.
Do people have to have the experience necessary to use these scooters?
No, they do not. Anyone can use them, whether they have ever ridden one or not. That means that there is potential for injuries. Bird does not even require riders to wear a helmet. Rider injuries can range from minor scrapes and bruises to more major injuries like broken bones, lacerations, and head injuries.
Injuries can also occur to the pedestrians around scooter riders. If an inexperienced rider loses control or is going too fast and they crash into another person, they can certainly cause injuries. The question then becomes, who is responsible for the injuries?
Is Bird on the line for expenses?
Is it the rider who was using the scooter?
These are questions that have yet to be answered and proving fault can be difficult. You need to secure a skilled and knowledgeable attorney who can walk you through this process.
We know that the last thing you expected was to get hurt due to an electric scooter, whether you were a rider or another party. Vladimir Tsirkin & Associates, P.A. understands that these scooters are new to our area, but that does not mean the companies should not be held responsible if they led to someone’s injuries. If Bird’s actions, or inaction, lead to people getting hurt, they need to be responsible for covering expenses.