Bird & Lime Scooter Accidents

If you live in a major city, you have likely seen rentable scooters lined out on the sidewalks. These scooters provide a convenient and eco-friendly way for commuters to get around, but they also come with their share of dangers.

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Riders that ride on the scooters are not well protected. Furthermore, anyone can ride including those who are inexperienced. This increases the likelihood that an accident may occur.

Lime is one of the scooter companies permitted to provide scooters in the state of Florida. If you get involved in a Florida Lime scooter accident, you need a reliable attorney on your side.

Scooter Laws in Florida

Different cities and states provide different laws regarding e-scooters. In the state of Florida, e-scooter riders do not need to have a valid driver’s license. They may also ride in bike lanes as well as on sidewalks. Beyond that, it is up to the individual municipalities to enforce their own rules.

Some people feel that the Lime company has taken advantage of the fact that various cities have laws that differ. Rather than sorting the rules out in advance, the company just drops their scooters off hoping things will work out for themselves.

Furthermore, their instructional videos only provide general tips. They do not explain riding regulations and in certain instances, the instructions they give even contradict certain laws.

Lime’s Liability Agreement

In addition to providing unclear rules and regulations concerning the riding of their scooters, the company also makes riders sign a user agreement that makes it difficult to sue them. Some provisions of the user agreement include the following:

  • Blanket disclaimers of liability
  • Requiring riders to follow state law even if it contradicts the information in their instructional videos
  • Forcing riders to claim they are familiar with safety regulations
  • Disclaiming liability for defects on their scooter

It should also be noted that the agreements are 55 pages long so most riders will click the button before realizing what they are agreeing to.

Lime also has a forced arbitration agreement that prohibits victims of Lime scooter accidents from forming class actions and forces them to resolve their issues via arbitration rather than in court. Claims must also be asserted one year from the accident.

Despite the terms Lime forces its users to agree to, many are still having their day in court with the company as courts are becoming more aware of how unfair the company’s terms are for accident victims.

Common Types of E-Scooter Accidents

There are many types of e-scooter accidents you can be involved in. Here are the most common:

Scooter-Pedestrian

Scooters may get into a collision with a pedestrian. This can be due to the scooter rider not paying attention or disobeying the rules of the road. In some cases, it may be the pedestrian that was acting negligently.

Scooter pedestrian accidents can also occur if a rider leaves their scooter in the middle of a sidewalk causing a passer-by to become injured.

As a general rule, pedestrians have the right of way but at-fault parties will be considered in all situations.

Scooter-Vehicle

Scooter vehicle accidents are the most severe of all possible scooter accidents. Drivers are often responsible for these accidents due to negligent behavior on the road. However, scooter riders who disobey laws may be liable as well.

One of the most common types of vehicle scooter injuries occurs when drivers open their doors in the middle of the road and scooters collide with them. In these cases, the drivers that open the door will be at fault.

Accidents Where Only the Rider is Hurt

Sometimes debris in the road can cause a scooter accident. Debris can cause accidents where another vehicle is involved or where a pedestrian is involved. In some cases, only the rider will get injured.

If the accident was caused by debris in the road, a property owner, construction company, or the city may be responsible.

Scooter Accidents Due to a Malfunction

In some instances, accidents can occur because of the scooter malfunctions due to poor maintenance or defective parts.

Lime has a history of scooters that break apart. Despite warnings coming from the company’s own employee base, Lime has continued renting out scooters for sharing.

In most cases, companies will be responsible for defective products. However, because Lime has made it so difficult for victims to sue them, injured parties may have difficulty becoming compensated for damages.   

Finding the Right Lawyer for Your Lime Scooter Accident

With Lime making it so difficult for victims to sue them for damages, it’s essential to have a good lawyer on your side. The Dewitt Law Firm can help you get the compensation you need.

Serving the Orlando, FL area, the Dewitt team is not intimidated by large corporations. They will fight tirelessly to make sure their clients are compensated for damages. They will take down companies that enforce unfair practices and see to it that justice is served.

A scooter accident can result in serious injuries that can greatly affect the quality of life. Don’t let at-fault parties get away with it. Call the Dewitt Law Firm today.

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