During the past few years, a number of companies have stepped up to make electric scooters more widely available. This mode of transportation is attractive to individuals looking to move about sidewalks or city streets with ease and speed. As more people buy and rent scooters, the number of incidents where people have gotten seriously hurt while using them has increased.
One reason individuals riding electric scooters may be prone to injuries is because they’re given very little or no training before attempting to operate them.
In cities like New York City, individuals looking to rent scooters simply download an app on their phone, use it to find a pick-up spot and arrive at that location. Once they arrive, they unlock the e-scooter and are free to take it for a spin wherever they like.
While most cities that offer residents or visitors the use of these e-scooters have helmet laws in place, many riders don’t follow them. Almost every rental company requires them to wear them as well, but it’s almost impossible to enforce this regulation.
Many people spontaneously decide to use e-scooters when there are no cars readily accessible. When they’re tired or have to travel a distance, they often aren’t carrying helmets and don’t worry about using them.
Even in instances in which e-scooter riders don their helmets, there are plenty of other ways of getting hurt on an e-scooter. Shattered pelvises, broken bones or punctured lungs are common injuries for e-scooter riders. One of the primary reasons individuals get hurt on these motorized vehicles is because they don’t adapt to the shifting centers of gravity and lose their balance.
Accidents can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time. Medical costs can be exorbitant. Without a paycheck coming in, you may wonder how you’re going to pay for your basic expenses like food, clothing and shelter. A Queens personal injury attorney can help you prove that another party was responsible for the accident and help you get the compensation you deserve.