E-scooter rentals have taken over major cities and college campuses. The concept is ingenious, if simple. Riders find a scooter, scan it with an app on their phone, pay the initial fee, ride it to their destination, scan the scooter once more, and pay the per-minute charge for the time that they’ve used. For those without cars and in cities where public transportation can be unreliable, e-scooters are a novel solution. However, as companies like Lime and Byrd and even Uber and Lyft have cashed in on the craze, injuries have increased. Now, as Curbed Atlanta reports, there are concerns over the brakes on scooters from the company Lime.
Since Bird’s scooters first began showing up in Atlanta in May, medical professionals at Atlanta’s premier trauma hospital, Grady Memorial, say that they have treated hundreds of injuries related to the scooters.
Many of the injuries are the fault of the riders themselves, who disregard recently passed legislation and weave in and out of pedestrians on sidewalks and crosswalks. However, at times, it may be that the scooters themselves are at fault.
Recently, Lime, one of Bird’s competitors announced that a small number of the company’s e-scooters has a brake issue that can cause the front brakes to engage without warning.
Many of these accidents occur when the vehicles are cruising downhill and strike a pothole.
The problem is that scooter riders may find themselves unable to recoup any economic losses when they injure themselves on these scooters. Both Lime and Bird have user agreements that absolve the companies of any responsibility in the accidents.
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