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Who is responsible for e-scooter injuries?

On behalf of Cohn Lifland Pearlman Herrmann & Knopf LLP | Jul 17, 2019 |

E-scooters are making their way across America. Unfortunately, they are leaving numerous riders injured along the way.

Currently, nearly 100 cities in the United States have some form of e-scooter. The most popular brands, Bird and Lime, have also expanded to other nations, including Israel and France. Generally, these rides cost less than two dollars per ride and appeal to many millennials and commuters on a budget.

With the rise of e-scooters comes the rise of injuries. Unfortunately, it has not been clear who is liable when riders sustain an injury. Emergency rooms across America have seen thousands of e-scooter injuries since they gained popularity last year. Generally, e-scooter injuries involve broken bones, fractures, lacerations, road rash, concussions and internal bleeding. One report suggests injuries could be as high as one-thousand injuries per month. Tragically, doctors report many injuries leave riders with lasting injures, including vegetative states and even death.

The responsibility for e-scooter injuries remains in question. E-scooter companies require riders to sign waivers prior to accept service. These waivers generally release the e-scooter companies from any liability in the case of an accident. However, many injured riders contend that they never saw or signed any such waiver. Similarly, many drivers injured in motor vehicle accidents involving e-scooters are now faced with the question of whether the party responsible for their injuries is the e-scooter rider or the e-scooter company. Riders are generally no0t required to carry insurance.

Unfortunately, because e-scooters have only recently gained popularity, determining who is responsible for e-scooter injuries can be complex. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in an e-scooter or another motor vehicle accident, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to determine if a lawsuit is right for you.