Lime and Bird e-scooters are no longer in Raleigh after ending their contracts with the city. However, a new brand of electric scooters is coming to town. Gotcha scooters are arriving within weeks.
Electric scooters have small engines that allow people to move quickly around town without the expense of using a taxi, paying for a ride-share service like Uber or owning and paying to park a car. They are also fun. It’s also pretty convenient to be able to pick up an e-scooter just about anywhere in town.
E-scooter use can lead to serious accidents
There are very few regulations regarding e-scooters. None of the companies require helmets, and they have no way of knowing if an adult will rent an e-scooter and then allow their child to drive it.
Even if you are doing everything right while using one, you are still at risk. E-scooters don’t offer riders much of safety or protection in the event of a crash. They are so small that automobile drivers often don’t see them. You can guess who wins in car vs. e-scooters accidents.
An analysis of hospital reports from 47 cities shows at least eight deaths and 1,500 injuries requiring medical help since the introduction of rental e-scooters in 2017. Given that the scooters only exist in a handful of markets, the rate at which their users get hurt is alarming.
Don’t stop having fun. Just stay safe while you do. If you are injured while using an e-scooter or by someone else who is using one, learn about your options for financial recovery.