Electric scooters, often called “e-scooters,” are everywhere. These motorized, battery charged rental scooters have quickly risen in popularity around the world. While e-scooters certainly have their appeal, they come with significant risk of bodily harm.
Electric scooters were released to the streets before cities had the chance to regulate them. Now, cities are scrambling to address serious public safety concerns after the fact. That is exactly what is happening here in North Carolina.
In Charlotte, North Carolina, the city council recently voted to ban e-scooters in certain areas. Also, the city adopted rules that:
- Set speed limits on the scooters
- Charge electric scooter businesses fees for the use of public roads and sidewalks
- Allow companies to bring in more e-scooters based on demand
These new rules aim to increase public safety in a time where just about everyone is at risk of injury.
Do you fit into one of these categories?
- Rider injuries. The first problem with electric scooters involves rider injuries. For the past few years, emergency rooms have known what the public has not: e-scooters often lead to a wide range of injuries. These injuries can range anywhere from scrapes and bruises to broken bones and even deaths.
- Pedestrian injuries. In addition to rider injuries, pedestrians are feeling the pain as well. Lawsuits filed on behalf of injured pedestrians describe horrific accidents that lead to painful and expensive injuries. It is not uncommon for e-scooters to surge into a pedestrian, or for someone walking on the street to trip over a discarded scooter in the middle of a sidewalk.
- Juicer injuries. Electric scooter companies rely on people referred to as “juicers” or “chargers” to keep operations running. Companies pay these people to pick up scooters in need of charging and take them home to charge before returning them to the streets. The public is beginning to hear more and more cases of scooters catching fire or exploding while charging, putting the juicer and those nearby in danger.
Scooter companies are now facing a growing number of lawsuits for injuries sustained from their alleged negligence.