Electric scooters can be fun, convenient means of transportation. However, these so-called “e-scooters” are not without their risks. Riders and non-riders alike have suffered injuries in incidents involving e-scooters all over the country. Chicago’s citywide shared scooter pilot programs in 2019 and 2020 were met with mixed reactions. Some loved the option of riding a scooter through the streets while others found the scooters to be annoying or even dangerous.
Alderman Cite Complaints and Safety Concerns
Elected officials vary in their opinions on scooters. Some officials say that scooters increase the number of complaints they receive. Others worry that rules regarding safe scooter use are not being followed by Chicago riders. Scooters are not supposed to be ridden on the sidewalk; however, this rule is not always enforced. One Alderman suggested using geofencing and other measures to prevent scooters from being ridden in certain areas. The scooter companies that participated in Chicago’s latest pilot program, Lime, Bird, and Spin, stated that they are improving scooter technology to reduce sidewalk riding.
Pedestrian Injuries From Negligent Scooter Riders
When scooter riders ride on the sidewalk, speed, ignore stop signals, or otherwise operate the vehicle in an unsafe way, they put themselves and others in danger. Pedestrians who are struck by scooter riders may suffer broken bones, soft tissue injuries, and even spine or brain injuries. Pedestrians may also be injured in trip and fall accidents caused by discarded scooters in walkways.
If you or a loved one were hurt in an incident involving an electric scooter, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your damages. If you were injured and required emergency room care, for example, your emergency room bills and related costs may be compensable. Other ongoing medical care including follow up appointments or physical therapy may also be recoverable. If your injuries required you to take time off work, you could be compensated for your lost wages and harm to your earning capacity. Compensation for pain, suffering, and other non-financial damages may also be available.
Contact a Chicago Scooter Injury Lawyer to Learn More
When a rider misuses an electric scooter, others can be seriously harmed. If you were injured in a scooter collision, trip and fall accident, or another incident involving an e-scooter, contact Livas Law Group, A Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz. Our team of experienced Chicago scooter accident attorneys can help you understand your legal options. Call us at 312-804-6102 and set up a free, confidential consultation today.