Rental Scooter Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured as a result of a dockless scooter, either as a rider or pedestrian, you may be eligible to participate in a scooter accident lawsuit. Contact a scooter accident lawyer to see whether you qualify.
You may or may not be familiar with dockless (electric) scooters – also referred to as electric rental scooters, rideshare scooters, and motorized scooters – but if you aren’t, you very likely soon will be. As their popularity continues to skyrocket, dockless scooters may flood the streets of your community, just as they have with many other communities. And these scooters are no longer just a headache for major cities; many college communities and smaller towns are now being overrun with electric scooters as well.
Electric scooters are a new form of rideshare transportation. Users access the scooters through an app on their phone, which is connected to the user’s banking information. The user can use the app to “unlock” or activate the scooter. Once the scooter is unlocked, the user has full operational access to the scooter and is able to drive it wherever they want and for as long as they would like. Once the user is done with the scooter, they can simply abandon it at any location (hence the name dockless scooter). The app on the user’s phone uses GPS tracking to track the user’s ride and charge the user accordingly. The app then alerts other users of the scooter’s location, making it available for other users to activate.
There are some operational rules that a user must agree to on the app before they are allowed to begin using the scooters. The user must scan his/her valid driver’s license and agree to the scooter guidelines, which range from rules to suggestions about how to operate the scooters. Most electric scooter apps state that a helmet should be worn by the user at all times during operation. But the scooter companies do not provide a helmet with the scooter nor do they offer any oversite to enforce such rules. These apps preface riders with rules about obeying roadway laws, avoiding pedestrians, and operating in a safe manner. But, besides local law enforcement, there is no oversite provided by these companies to ensure these rules are being followed either.
The scooters range in ability based on the type of scooter but must reach a maximum speed of around 15 mph and are suited for sidewalks and roadways, although they can be driven on some off-road conditions. The most common electric scooter companies operating in the U.S. are Bird, Lime, and Lyft. These companies manage the scooters in the communities and provide apps for users to access the scooters.