We have a new phenomena in the Los Angeles area, especially in the areas of Santa Monica and West Los Angeles; this phenomena is motorized scooters, especially the “BIRD” electric scooter. If you live in the Los Angeles area, especially in the west side of Los Angeles, you have either seen futuristic-looking black scooters thrown on a sidewalk or parked near a building. These black scooters have a white label on them with the word “Bird”. Bird scooters are a “hit” among the younger Los Angeles crowd. Essentially, the bird scooter is an electric scooter that can be rented with the touch of a button using an app. The user can pay per minute to use the Bird scooter, and once the user arrives at a destination, he/she can simply leave the Bird scooter on the ground, until the next user rents it. These scooters are not slow, and can go as fast as 15 mph.
Unfortunately, Bird scooters can be extremely dangerous as they have gone almost unregulated in many areas. Aside from a possible injury while riding the Bird electric scooter in Los Angeles, a third-party can be personally injured if he/she trips over a scooter that was placed in the middle of a sidewalk, for example. People injured due to a Bird Scooter, or any motorized scooter, in Los Angeles or anywhere in California may have a recourse to recover compensation for injuries sustained. For that, however, the victim should contact an injury attorney in California.
Accidents Involving Bird Electric Scooters in Los Angeles are a Real Thing
Accidents involving Bird electric scooters are no joke. There are multiple ways that someone can be injured due to a Bird Scooter. Some of these ways include the following:
- Someone riding the Bird Scooter can be hit by another vehicle driven by a negligent person.
- Someone riding the Bird Scooter without a helmet can sustain injuries due to a trip or a fall sustained while using the Bird Scooter, especially if a helmet is not worn.
- Someone riding the Bird Scooter can be injured if the scooter malfunctions, resulting in a fall by the user of the scooter.
- A third-party can sustain injuries due to a slip as a result of a Bird Scooter left on a sidewalk in an unsafe manner.
- A third-party can sustain injuries due to a careless user of the Bird electric scooters.
Reports of individuals injured by the Bird electric scooter and other electric scooters are now becoming more and more common. For example, on January 9, 2018, a young woman in her 20’s collided with a vehicle while riding a Bird scooter in Santa Monica, sustained severe head wounds. See article here. It appears that more and more accidents such as these have occurred, but may have gone unreported.
Regulations Involving Riders of Bird Electric Scooters
The regulations found in the California Vehicle code apply to motorized scooters. Some of these rules include the following:
- riders must have a valid driver’s license and wear a helmet.
- riders cannot ride with any passengers, and cannot ride on the sidewalk.
- riders cannot park on the sidewalk in the way of pedestrian traffic.
- riders cannot ride at night.
Although the above regulations exist, riders of the Bird scooters often violate these laws, resulting in injuries.
What Can An Attorney Do for You?
If you were injured as a result of an accident involving the Bird electric scooter or any motorized scooter, you may have a case. An attorney can help you litigate your claims and assist in recovering compensation for your injuries. The California attorneys at Katz Law are experience in the field of personal injury law and stand ready to help you. After being retained, our attorneys will gather the facts of the case, investigate the scene of the accident, and make sure that you received (or are receiving) medical treatment for your injuries. Additionally, we will communicate with the at-fault party and their insurance company.
Consult With A Qualified Attorney Now!
If you or your loved one were hurt due to to an accident involving a motorized scooter, contact Katz Law. We are lawyers based in Los Angeles, California who are passionate about helping those who were injured due to the negligence of others.