Electric scooters have become more popular in larger urban areas in recent years, and Minneapolis and St. Paul are no exception. In fact, the Twin Cities are expected to have roughly 4,000 dockless electric scooters available for rent this summer. With this new form of transportation comes and uptick in injuries, but how can you seek compensation for electric scooter injuries? We take a closer look in today’s blog.
Electric Scooter Injuries in the Twin Cities
There are a number of different ways a rider or a third party can get injured as a result of these electric scooters. For example, we have handled and expect to handle the following injury suits in the near future:
- Rider fall injuries
- Pedestrians struck by a rider
- Riders struck by moving vehicle
- Pedestrians injured by discarded scooters
Lime and Bird, the two parent companies who are responsible for the majority of electric scooters in major metropolitan areas, have liability agreements that users must agree to in order to rent a scooter, but as you can see by the injury types listed above, the scooter company isn’t always the liable party. Sometimes the rider causes the injury to a third party, like a pedestrian, or sometimes an automobile insurer is expected to pick up the tab if a driver strikes a rider in a crosswalk. However, parent companies can also be sued in the event that there was a defect with the scooter, like a brake problem that was a direct cause of an accident.
Pursuing A Scooter Injury Claim
If you are injured while riding a scooter or due in part to a scooter rider, do yourself a favor and contact Dean and his team at Margolis Law Firm. Even though the parent companies work to limit their liability, you may be able to get compensation from someone else’s insurance company if they caused your injuries.
At Margolis Law Firm, we’ve handled scooter injury cases in the past and we’re currently expanding our knowledge of the law as we expect an increasing amount of cases in the near future. The regulations regarding these transportation options are oftentimes unclear or ill-defined, which means you can challenge your claim in a number of different ways. So if you hit your head after falling off the scooter because a tire went flat, or you were struck by a rider who lost control of their device, contact Margolis Law Firm and let us go to work on your behalf. For more information, or to talk about your case and your options, contact our law firm today.