Renting motorized scooters has become big business, especially in California cities like Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Companies like Lime and Bird rent out scooters that have motors to users for a $1.00 initial fee and then, typically, $0.15 per minute. While they do offer instructional videos on their operation, the companies do not require that riders wear helmets and scooters are often just dropped off at on sidewalks. There has been an uptick in emergency department visits for both riders and pedestrians who are struck by scooters. However, victims are fighting back by filing a class action lawsuit against companies Lime and Bird, claiming injury and damage to property, according to Curbed.
The lawsuit, which was filed on Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court names Lime and Bird as part of the lawsuit. The litigation claims that nine plaintiffs contend that they or their property have been injured or harmed by the scooters. The lawsuit claims that Lime and Bird acted with “gross negligence” in renting the scooters.
The plaintiffs include not only scooter riders, but pedestrians who have suffered injuries such as broken wrists, toes, and fingers as well as lacerations, torn ligaments, and “damaged” teeth.
The scooter rental companies are being accused of “aiding and abetting” assault as well as the scooters being a “public nuisance.” The lawsuit also claims that leaving the scooters on public sidewalks is a violation of California Civil Code.
Three of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit were injured by tripping over scooters that were left where pedestrians had the right of way. Two plaintiffs were injured by scooter riders crashing into them. One of the plaintiffs claims that a scooter being ridden by a renter caused damage to his car. Another plaintiff claimed that scooters were parked in a way that denied access to disabled parking spaces for cars.
As manufacturers of the scooters, the companies Xiaomi and Segway are also named as a part of the lawsuit.
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