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Who is Liable in a Electric Bird Scooter Accident?

  • September 26, 2018

Electric scooters are becoming an increasingly popular mode of transport in cities across the US.

Companies like Bird are scattering their motorized scooters throughout major cities throughout the country to entice riders to hop aboard. And as their popularity grows, so too does the number of riders who are injured.

Users can purchase a ride on a Bird for $1 and 5 cents per minute after the initial deposit. The scooters can hit speeds of 15 miles per hour, which along with heavy traffic can cause some concern for riders. As long as you upload your driver’s license that proves you are eighteen years of age or older you will be able to take one of these “personal assistive mobility devices” for a ride around the city.

Among the problems associated with navigating through traffic, around pedestrians and hazard filled roadways, Bird Scooter riders have their work cut out for them. Cities like Columbus, Ohio have regulated the electrically powered two-wheelers. Companies like Bird must inform all riders of the liability and legal issues associated with using their product.

If the unfortunate were to occur and you or someone you know were in a Bird Scooter accident, then who would be liable?

The answer to that question is not straightforward, as it depends on the occurrence that lead to the accident.

The most common types of accidents associated with the motorized scooters include:

  • A collision with a vehicle
  • Scooter riders hit a pedestrian
  • Riders are thrown from the scooter after colliding with road hazards
  • Pedestrians trip or collide with abandoned scooters
  • The motorized scooter malfunctions

The details that led to the accident will determine exactly who is at fault. If you were injured from riding a scooter, you could be entitled to an injury claim following a Bird Scooter lawsuit.

In incidents that involve an accident with a scooter rider and another vehicle, the police will determine who is at fault. The accident report filed with law enforcement should illustrate determine if we can pursue litigation against the vehicle driver or Bird rider.

Despite the law requiring vehicle drivers to have risk protection, electric scooter riders are not required to have liability insurance. Because this is a burgeoning market, it is best to contact Agee Clymer Mitchell and Portman Attorneys at Law to speak with qualified legal professionals about the specifics of your case.

Filing A Lawsuit For A Bird Scooter Injury

Agee Clymer Mitchell and Portman are the car accident lawyers in Columbus, Ohio that will fight for your rights, whether you are at fault in the accident or merely an innocent victim.

Car accidents can be tricky affairs, and it’s important that you understand your rights and the process through which car accidents are resolved. If you are confused or feel that you’re being taken advantage of, do not hesitate to contact a Columbus scooter accident attorney to restore your peace of mind. Call (614) 221-3318 or visit us online to schedule a consultation today.

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