It seems as if dockless bikes and scooters popped up by the thousands overnight in many US cities and in many cases, cities were inadequately prepared for the invasion. This has created a dangerous environment full of potential hazards ranging from the scooters and bikes being left unmonitored on sidewalks to riders exceeding safe speeds in high pedestrian traffic areas to riders endangering themselves by riding at high speeds without helmets or even while intoxicated.
The potential to be injured from the reckless behavior of the scooter companies or their failure to ensure the safety of their riders is a very real risk and puts both riders, innocent bystanders and others in danger.
Since Lime and Bird scooters are still new, they’re an evolving area of law. However, there are several ways in which a person may incur injury on a Bird scooter. Some examples include:
Whether Bird is intentionally flouting legal issues and disregarding communities in their mission towards lightning-fast proliferation and profit is a matter of opinion; however, what isn’t left up to debate is the fact that inadequate regulations have made these scooters dangerous.
First, Bird scooters can go as fast as 15 miles per hour, a level of speed which the casual rider may not be ready to handle. People who ride beyond their ability (which happens more often than one would think) pose a danger to the pedestrians around them as well as themselves. In fact, there has already been a report of a Bird scooter vs. car accident in which a female rider sustained moderate head trauma.
Second, a person can trip over a Bird scooter left on a sidewalk and sustain injuries from the resulting fall. As previously mentioned, riders all too often leave scooters in unsafe areas.
Finally, a defective Bird scooter can malfunction, causing a rider to fall and injure themselves.
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