Personal Injury Claims and E-Scooters & E-Bikes in Dallas
Electric scooters or e-scooter rentals are convenient and affordable, but they may come with an unexpected price as their introduction to the area seems to have led to an increase in accidents and injuries.
What Makes E-Scooters So Prone to Accident and Injury?
It’s too soon to point to any hard stats, but widespread reports of accidents and injuries continue to pop up in connection with the introduction of electric scooters from popular rental companies around the city, but what is it that makes them so dangerous? Their obvious design, like that of bicycles and motorcycles, does not offer the rider any protection with an outer frame. The scooters are also close to invisible on Texas roadways and often unstable, particularly since, as rentals, their riders are often unused to maneuvering around any road obstacles, potholes, etc.
Common Causes of Accidents Related to Electric Scooters:
Defects of the electric scooter itself (wheels that lock up or brakes that don’t work or lock up)
- Reckless driving (particularly while riders are crossing intersections)
- Failing to give pedestrians the right of way
- Riders being hit by other vehicles on the road
- Road hazards
- Doubling up on the electric scooter
- Riding in unapproved areas (like sidewalks)
- Instability (as mentioned earlier, the electric scooters are not very stable)
- Improperly parked scooters (scooters left littering walkways cause trip and falls)
Tips for Riding E-Scooters Safely:
Practice: We’ve all heard it said, but it’s true. Practice makes perfect. Stay out of high traffic areas and leave yourself plenty of breathing room between yourself and other pedestrians and vehicles until you’ve had plenty of practice on the electric scooter.
Check the Scooter’s Function: When getting on an electric scooter rental, make sure to check that it works correction before taking off at full speed. Find and test the brakes, adjust the handlebars if necessary, make sure the battery is charged, etc.
Learn How the Scooter Works: Learn the operations and functions of the electric scooter, manuals area available online.
Wear Appropriate Safety Gear: Helmets are recommended as they are the only thing standing between you and a head injury in the event of a serious accident. It may be beneficial to use knee and elbow pads as well.
Do You Have an Electric Scooter Personal Injury Claim?
While electric scooter rental is fairly new, we’re already used to seeing injury accidents related to their use. The lack of bodily protection means the likelihood of injury is high, so it’s important to take care while riding on busy Dallas streets. Accidents involving e-scooters have a wide range.
Some e-scooter accidents are due to malfunctions of the scooter itself, in other cases, an e-scooter rider hits a pedestrian or another vehicle, and still other cases have a rider being hit by another e-scooter rider or the driver of another vehicle. If you are involved in an e-scooter accident, pay attention to what caused the accident. If an e-scooter accident is due to the negligence of another party, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries with a personal injury claim.
If you have been injured while riding an electric scooter or if you have an injury due to an accident with someone else riding an electric scooter, please get in touch with the Carrollton personal injury law offices of Hudson Law. We have the experience and knowledge you want on your side.