Since last summer, more and more people can be seen zipping around on electric scooters. For riders, scooters are a convenient and low-cost way to travel while avoiding costly city parking. However, with close to 1,000 scooters in Detroit alone, electric scooter accidents are on the rise. And, riders and pedestrians are sustaining serious injuries from these collisions in Michigan and elsewhere across the country.Do You Have a Case?
Also called e-scooters, dockless electric-assisted scooters are commonly used for short journeys, often less than a mile, or sight-seeing. Currently, Detroiters can rent scooters from one of three companies: Bird, Lime and Spin, which is owned by Ford. The scooters are available between 7 a.m. and sunset.
Renting an electric scooter is a simple process, which is one reason they have become so popular. If you’re 18 or older, with a credit card and valid driver’s license, just follow these easy steps:
According to a Consumer Reports investigation, 8 people have died so far as a result of electric scooter accidents. Among the victims was a 5-year-old boy who died after a car hit the scooter he was riding with his mother. In addition, at least 1,500 scooter riders across the U.S. have been seriously injured since 2017.
Here are some additional facts about electric scooter accidents, according to a recent study:
Detroit officials have compiled and published a set of guidelines for operating electric scooters in and around the city. Other municipalities across Michigan have created similar regulations.
Here are some of the parameters included in the memorandum for the City of Detroit:
A rider who violates city codes pertaining to public safety may be found guilty of a misdemeanor. These individuals could be fined up to $500 and/or face a maximum of 90 days in jail.
Scooter rental companies who fail to comply with municipal guidelines may also be cited and fined.
Electric scooters are not considered motor vehicles under Michigan No-Fault insurance law. However, if you’re injured in an electric scooter accident, you may still be eligible for compensation.
Determining responsibility depends on several factors, such as whether anyone else was involved in the collision. For example, were you hit by a car or did you run into a tree? Or, did you strike a pedestrian with your scooter? Each situation would be treated differently from an insurance and liability perspective.
That’s why you should contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
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