Electric scooters are motorized versions of bicycles that are popular among children, teens and young adults. The most common types of accidents involve falls. In California, youth are more likely to get into accidents involving motorized vehicles. If another person or manufacturer is negligent, the incident often leads to a lawsuit.
Rising injuries among youths
The increasing use of electric scooters has increased the number of injuries among young people. In San Francisco, electric scooter-sharing programs have obtained permits to expand the use of scooters for youths. However, the increased numbers of scooters have contributed to rises in serious, potentially life-threatening injuries.
Legal problems with electric scooters
Lawyers claim that society could face a new wave of personal injury lawsuits related to scooters. Scooter accident victims experience minor to serious injuries from small cuts to bone fractures. In rare cases, the worst accidents cause serious and catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injuries.
In several cases, youths have been injured due to the scooter’s malfunction. Scooters that fail to brake have forced some people to jump off and break their bones. Some scooters have collided with fast-moving vehicles or objects like trees and poles. Kids who ride e-scooters on roads and highways risk entering a vehicle’s blind spot.
There is a small percentage of people who take massive risks while riding e-scooters. California’s system of personal injury laws covers all types of accidents and injuries.
Electric scooters have exploded in popularity all over California. However, these vehicles are proven to not be entirely safe, especially among young people who have not obtained driving permits or licenses. Their accidents and injuries may be serious enough to require the filing of lawsuits for compensation.