Electronic Scooter Accidents
Electronic-scooters or “E-Scooters” are a functional, fast, and fun way to navigate the busy streets of Chicago. Chicago’s new E-scooter Share Pilot Program will run from June 15, 2019 to October 15, 2019. Unfortunately, even the safest of E-scooter drivers may be victims of negligence by individuals driving motor vehicles. This new pilot program will create an unclear and uncertain branch of law within Cook County when it comes to crashes involving e-scooters and cars.
While it is commonly known that there are numerous injuries from electronic scooter use, the full extent of the problem was recently highlighted in a study by the Public Health and Transportation departments in Austin, Texas, in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This study identified a total of 271 people with potential scooter-related injuries from September 5th through November 30th, 2018. The study was presented by the CDC at its Epidemic Intelligence Service conference in Atlanta.
During the study period, there were a total of 182,333 hours of e-scooter use, 891,121 miles ridden on e-scooters, and 936,110 e-scooter trips. The research team calculated that there were 20 individuals injured per 100,000 e-scooter trips taken during the three-month period. Of those injured riders, almost half sustained head injuries. Fifteen percent experienced traumatic brain injuries.
Companies like Lime, Bird, and other brands of e-scooter are actively marketing and making money of riders. Yet they do not tell you that the risk of injury while riding an electronic scooter are high. Electronic scooter riders have rights. If you or a loved one are injured on an E-scooter, it is important to have skilled, passionate, and experienced attorneys helping you navigate this new area of law. Call the attorneys at Taxman, Pollock, Murray, & Bekkerman to ensure that your rights are protected.