eScooter Accident Lawyer Serving Florida
Bird, the first of what would become many electric scooter (or eScooter) rental companies operating in major cities around the United States, was founded in 2017. In the short time since, eScooter accidents have spawned a wave of lawsuits, including numerous individual and class action lawsuits against Bird and the eScooter rental companies that have followed in its path. While Bird and other companies promote their eScooters as easy and efficient ways to get around town, experience has shown that these scooters can be remarkably dangerous, and unsuspecting riders can suffer severe traumatic injuries in collisions and other types of accidents.
Legal Claims Against eScooter Rental Companies and Other Defendants
Prior and current lawsuits filed against eScooter rental companies and other parties have included allegations such as:
- Inadequate Maintenance – Like all mechanical and electrical devices, eScooters need to be maintained in order to ensure that they function properly. However, rentable dockless scooters can pass through multiple renters between charges, and the individuals who pick up eScooters to charge them are not experts in mechanical or electrical engineering. As a result, failures and breakdowns are common, with one of the most-common issues involving the throttle getting stuck in the open position. There have been allegations of brake failures as well.
- Geo-Fences Without Adequate Warnings – In some cities, eScooter rental companies have been required to program their scooters to slow down in certain areas, such as areas with high volumes of pedestrian traffic. Although riders may receive a text message warning them that they are entering one of these “geo-fenced” areas, since they are holding onto the handlebars, they are not (and should not be) looking at their phones. Suddenly slowing down can cause collisions with nearby eScooter riders, while suddenly speeding up presents a host of safety hazards.
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Violations – A disability rights group has sued the City of San Diego, Bird and other companies for violating the ADA by placing eScooters in dangerous locations and failing to prevent riders from leaving eScooters in the way of ramps, crosswalks, sidewalks, parking spaces and pedestrian lanes. Dangerously-placed eScooters can present trip hazards and other safety risks for both disabled and non-disabled individuals.
- Aiding and Abetting Assault – In at least one class action lawsuit, eScooter rental companies have been accused of “aiding and abetting” assault by placing eScooters in the hands of inexperienced, and in some cases underage, riders. By providing eScooter renters with the instrumentalities used to injure pedestrians and other riders, it has been alleged that the eScooter companies deserve to be held liable for the victims’ injuries.
- Third–Party Claims – In addition to lawsuits targeting eScooter rental companies, there have also been numerous cases in which renters and other injured individuals have sued scooter manufacturers, negligent drivers and other third parties.
Are You Entitled to Financial Compensation for an eScooter Accident?
Located in Florida, our firm provides experienced legal representation for eScooter accident victims. If you or a loved one has been injured while riding an eScooter or in any other type of scooter-related accident, we encourage you to call 954-764-4849 or contact us online for a free consultation.