If you live in any bigger city, including Las Vegas, you have likely seen e-scooters everywhere. They are available on popular corners of the city, and their riders dart in and out of traffic and speed by pedestrians on the sidewalk. The e-scooters are everywhere, and the trend does not seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. As the number of e-scooters increases on Las Vegas streets and sidewalks, so does the risk of personal injury. The legal question that often arises from e-scooter accidents is whom is at fault and ultimately financially responsible to pay the victim damages.
e-Scooter Injury Statistics
The sheer number of e-scooters being used across the nation is staggering. In fact, there are more scooters in Las Vegas and other cities in the United States that ever before. Should the popularity of e-scooters continue, it is estimated that as many as 10,000 shared scooters will be used on roads across the globe.
One of the difficulties of these e-scooters is that the vast majority of them are shared and not owned by one individual. This is because most e-scooters are rented by a handful of startups that own them. Examples of e-scooter companies include LimeBike, Spin, and Bird. Not surprisingly, these companies reported to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that safety is one of their biggest concerns when it comes to e-scooters. To be sure, e-scooters can travel as much as 15 miles per hour – a recipe for serious injury if an accident were to happen. This risk is true despite all three companies informing the WSJ that the smartphone applications used to rent the e-scooters – as well as the e-scooter’s labeling – have clear instructions regarding safety that users must acknowledge and use. Some of these companies require a picture of the rider’s driver’s license before using the e-scooter and riders must be 18 years of age. While others provide safety helmets to any riders who request one or offer safety training for first-time e-scooter users.
Personal Injuries on e-Scooters
Despite posted safety instructions, age requirements, and offered training, e-scooter accidents happen and will continue to happen. This is because, just like operating a motor vehicle, mistakes are bound to occur and the result will be an accident with injuries.
Unfortunately, there is only so much that can be put into the safety system itself to prevent accidents. The increase in the popularity of e-scooters has brought more individuals to the emergency room. It has been reported in some states that there are almost 12 e-scooter related personal injuries treated each week in emergency rooms. From California to Maryland to Texas to Nevada to Florida – states are experiencing injuries and even deaths related to e-scooter accidents.
Legal Help in Nevada e-Scooter Accidents
Only time will tell if the e-scooter trend will end. In the meantime, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney if you or someone you know has been hurt in Las Vegas. The skilled personal injury attorneys at Parry & Pfau have years of experience representing the injured across the state of Nevada. We can help you, too.
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