State and city legislatures have struggled to pass regulations fast enough to keep up with the sudden electric scooter trend. This has caused widespread confusion among motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and electric scooter riders themselves as to electric scooters’ rules of the road.
Get informed on Missouri’s electric scooter laws so you can stay safe on the road.
Electric Scooter Regulations in Missouri
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, motorized scooters must abide by the same laws that govern motor vehicles. This means that electric scooter operators must have a valid driver’s license, stop at posted stop signs, drive on the right-side of the roadway, yield to approaching traffic when turning left, and obey the posted speed limit.
Electric scooters may not be ridden on city sidewalks. If electric scooter operators decide to drive on the sidewalk and pedestrians are harmed as a result, the electric scooter operator may be held liable for damages.
Doctors have witnessed a sharp uptick in injuries in conjunction with the electric scooter trend. Since electric scooters do not provide any sort of protection, and electric scooter companies like Bird and Lime do not often provide helmets with their rentable scooters, any accident involving an electric scooter is 35% more likely to result in fatal injuries than a car accident.
Common injuries sustained in electric scooter accidents include, but are not limited to, the following:
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
Cuts and abrasions
Internal organ damage
If you or someone you love has been injured in an electric scooter accident caused by someone who was not obeying the law, our St. Louis personal injury attorneys can help you obtain justice. Our attorneys have established a legacy of protecting our clients against the negligence and carelessness of others, and we have recovered over $400 million won in settlements.
Contact Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth at (800) 391-4318 to learn how we can help you.