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Atlanta E-Scooter Accident Attorney

Atlanta E-Scooter Accident Attorney

The e-scooter movement if fairly new to Atlanta, but residents are taking interest in the new mode of transportation. Some see it as a fun, inexpensive way to commute on a nice day, while others see it as an accident waiting to happen. Earlier this year, citizens pushed for a harder crack down on the rules and regulations for e-scooters in the city to protect those that are walking in the same path as these scooters. The Atlanta City Council met to help resolve the issue and developed a new law regarding the e-scooters, such as, Bird, Lime and Uber JUMP. Even with the new law, however, there are still some concerns about the safety of the e-scooters.

E-Scooter Laws in Atlanta

These e-scooters were literally placed in the city overnight and since then you see them everywhere. Because of the easy accessibility, many people assume that they’re easy to maneuver and don’t require many safety precautions. That’s where they are wrong, however. The potential danger that the scooters may cause is the reason for the development of the new e-scooter law. The lack of oversight and maintenance for the scooters puts riders at an additional risk for an accident.

  • Riders may not ride the scooter on a sidewalk, but must use the street just as bicycles do.
  • Riders must be at least 18 or older to drive the scooter.
  • Scooter speed must not exceed 15 miles per hour.
  • Scooters must be parked correctly so that they are not interrupting a pedestrians path. Correct parking of a scooter means that the scooter is standing upright out of the middle of a sidewalk and not laying on the ground.
  • Scooters can be operated on bike paths, such as The BeltLine, but users must yield to pedestrians.
  • The scooter can only be used by one rider at a time.
  • Cell phone use while operating a scooter is not allowed, just like in a regular vehicle.

Common Causes for E-Scooter Accidents

Many emergency rooms across the United States, included those in Georgia, have seen a spike in visits caused by e-scooter accidents. The difference with these accidents compared to car accidents or bicycle accidents is that it is hard to track them and it can be even harder to determine fault for the accident.

  • Scooter Equipment Malfunction, such as, motor failure, defective brakes, and battery issues
  • Sidewalk Riding, as mentioned above creates hazards for pedestrians
  • Failure to Abide by Traffic Laws, including stopping at lights and obeying traffic signs
  • User Error or Inexperience, meaning that someone does not know how to properly control the scooter
  • Failure to Use Safety Precautions, such as wearing a helmet

There is no such thing as a required training course in order to operate e-scooters. Some companies have an introduction on the app that includes the correct way to ride and the rules and regulations, but many users skip through this important step. They are then prompted to sign a liability agreement that releases them from being legally liable in the event of an accident. This is why e-scooter accidents can be very tricky to handle.

Common Types of E-Scooter Accident Injuries

E-scooters have a high center of gravity and small wheels, which means they could become wobbly, or the front wheel could lock up while braking, sending the rider flying over the front. Bird and Lime advertise their scooters as a safe and efficient mode of transportation without actually addressing the risks that could be involved. The companies never know of any issues of a scooter unless a rider reports it, so the maintenance of the e-scooters overall is questionable and concerning.

  • Road Rash and Bruises
  • Broken Noses
  • Broken Bones
  • Arm, Wrist, and Shoulder Injuries
  • Facial Lacerations and Fractures
  • Brain Injuries
  • Head Trauma
  • Spinal Cord Trauma

E-Scooter Safety Tips

Officials at Grady Hospital say they now see about 25 injuries per month from scooter accidents. Some accidents leave minor cuts and bruises, while others actually cause serious injury to the brain. If you plan to use e-scooters for your transportation method, you should review these safety tips beforehand.

  • Wear a helmet.
  • One passenger per scooter.
  • Put away your cell phone.
  • Follow all roadway laws, including stopping at lights and obeying traffic signs.
  • Stay off of the sidewalks.

When To Talk To An E-Scooter Accident Attorney

E-scooter accidents result in personal injuries the majority of the time. Injuries can be as minor as scrapes and bruises, or as serious as internal bleeding and brain damage. It’s important to talk to an e-scooter accident attorney if your injuries are severe enough to lead to significant medical costs, missed time at work, physical pain, and emotional suffering. If you were hit as a pedestrian by an e-scooter driver, you have the right to legal representation as well. Additionally, if the accident resulted in a loved one’s wrongful death, contact us for legal help.

Like car accidents, many people believe that they should have a case and deserve compensation when they experience an e-scooter accident. These types of accidents can be very tricky and many e-scooter companies have liability agreements in place that protect them from being legally liable. For that reason, it is highly encouraged that you contact an e-scooter accident attorney to ensure that the correct process is taken in regard to your rights. A conversation with an attorney can help you understand your legal options after an e-scooter accident. Contact Kaufman Law for a FREE consultation in Atlanta.