Electric scooters have descended upon city streets across the country seemingly overnight, and city and state legislatures have scrambled to pass safety regulations surrounding them. Much related to electric scooters, including rules of the road and liability issues, remain a gray area in municipalities across the country. Get informed on the various parties that may be held liable for an electric scooter accident so you know how to protect your rights.
Liability in an Electric Scooter Accident
Depending on the nature of the accident, liability in an electric scooter crash may rest with several parties, including the following:
The parent company that owns the electric scooter. Companies like Bird and Lime are responsible for ensuring the scooters are maintained properly and operate safely.
The rider of the electric scooter. Electric scooters are prohibited from sidewalks in St. Louis. If an electric scooter rider is riding on the sidewalk and a pedestrian gets injured, the rider may be held liable.
Motor vehicle drivers who swerved to avoid a scooter. In many cases, car drivers will cause accidents with other cars to avoid a scooter rider. Anyone involved in causing this type of accident may be held responsible for your compensation.
If you have been injured in an accident involving an electric scooter, it’s in your best interest to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can help sort through all of the unique details of your accident and determine appropriate liability. You shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s negligence with your health and well-being.
At Meyerkord & Kurth, our St. Louis personal injury attorneys can help you recover the compensation you deserve. We have recovered over $400 million in settlements for clients and we’re prepared to fight for you too.
We encourage you to contact us today at (800) 391-4318 to schedule a free case review.