Electric scooters are a hot trend right now. The scooters are for rent in many major cities in the U.S. The scooters are rented with a smart phone relatively inexpensively and can reach 15 miles an hour. They are very popular among users, and the companies that provide them see them as a great alternative to other forms of transportation in major cities.
However, not everyone loves the scooter trend. They can be dangerous, especially for people who are not experienced in city traffic or for young riders without much driving experience. Scooter-related accidents have skyrocketed in recent months. In some cases, the accidents are caused by malfunctioning tires or brakes or road hazards. Some accidents are caused by the riders themselves, such as by driving too fast, crossing intersections dangerously, or letting children ride.
State laws are slowly changing in order to rein in some scooter rental companies. Some restrictions include requiring helmets and drivers’ licenses in order to operate the scooters and forbidding passengers or riding on sidewalks. Some states require rental companies to have special permits in order to rent the scooters, and the rental companies may lose their permits if they do not take steps to keep their users safe.
If you have been harmed by a scooter rental, you may have some legal options. If the accident was caused by another party, such as the scooter rental company or another driver, you may be able to hold that party responsible for your damages. If the accident was caused by the malfunction of a scooter itself, the manufacturer may be held liable.The bottom line is that if you have been harmed in a scooter accident, you should speak with an attorney. If you’re in Houston, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation, or visit us on LinkedIn to learn more about the firm.