Electric scooters have become popular modes of transportation in and around major cities throughout the country. Several companies operate electric scooters as a rideshare service where users can unlock a scooter with their phones and pay per mile to ride them. These devices have been used as personal transportation around cities as well as recreational sightseeing vehicles. However, electric scooters can also lead to serious accidents. At Solomon, Sherman & Gabay, we are here to help if you need an electric scooter accident attorney in Philadelphia. If you have been injured in a scooter crash caused by the actions of another person, we will work to secure compensation for your losses.
When electric scooters began to appear in cities throughout the United States, they were championed as fantastic vehicles for both residents and visitors to get from place to place. Users can use an app on their smartphones to unlock a docked scooter, power up the device, and ride to their destination.
However, riders do not have to have any experience operating these vehicles, and it was quickly determined that serious injuries could occur in accidents involving electric scooters. In fact, the rapid rise in electric scooter accidents across the country led to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducting investigations into how harmful scooters truly are.
There are various groups of people that can sustain significant injuries caused by electric scooters. This includes the scooter riders themselves, pedestrians struck by scooter riders, passengers and drivers in vehicles that may crash due to avoiding the electric scooter, and even pedestrians that trip over discarded scooters.
Across the country, hospitals have reported a range of injuries caused by electric scooter accidents. This includes the following:
The legality of electric scooters has been up for debate in Philadelphia for more than two years. Right now, electric scooter companies like Lime and Bird cannot legally operate in the city limits of Philadelphia. At the heart of this debate is the wording of a law that says a vehicle cannot operate unless it has been registered and certified by the Department of Transportation. There is no class for electric scooters, so right now, they are not legal. Several state representatives have introduced a bill to amend the state law so that scooters do not need DMV registration, but this bill has been in committee for nearly two years. This could change in the future (written in October 2020).
If you or somebody you love has been injured in an electric scooter accident caused by another party, seek legal assistance today. At Solomon, Sherman & Gabay, our experienced personal injury attorney in Philadelphia will work to investigate every aspect of your case so we can obtain the compensation you need. This can include: