The sidewalks and streets of Austin have become congested with electric scooters. Promoted as an innovative and inexpensive method of transportation, these scooters are prevalent across the city and can reach speeds of up to 15 mph. Although the new technology offers rider safety information, there have been countless reports of scooter-related accidents, including property damage, personal injury, and a death.
As with any form of transportation, the potential for injury on an e-scooter is high. Collision with other vehicles is common, as these scooters aren’t easily visible to motorists. Road hazards and harsh weather conditions further increase the risk of an accident, since e-scooters aren’t very stable. In addition, most riders have little experience using the scooters and choose to not wear a helmet.
Unfortunately, scooter-related injuries aren’t exclusive to riders. Pedestrians and cyclists are at risk of collision as well. One common complaint surrounds the way the scooters are parked. They are frequently abandoned on sidewalks, in bike lanes, and in front of building entrances. This placement furthers the risk of personal injury to non-riders, which begs the question of liability.
Although the city has enforced rules about the use of e-scooters, including restricted zones and safe parking guidelines, more regulation is needed to ensure safety. Because the technology is still relatively new, accidents that result from e-scooter use (or misuse) can involve tricky legal issues. If you’ve been injured in an e-scooter accident, contact a personal injury attorney. Hiring an experienced lawyer is the best way to determine a plan to gain compensation.