Scooter rentals have exploded across the country in several major cities. They are popular forms of transportation on college campuses and for those who live in urban areas. Companies such as Bird and Lime rent out these scooters and renters pay an initial fee and then a per-minute charge for use. Those who rent the scooters agree to a user-agreement that suggests helmet use and generally absolves the companies of any liability for injury. Since the scooter rentals have become so popular, urban hospitals have noticed a steady increase in the number of scooter-related injuries. Companies like Lime and Bird are also facing lawsuits from injured pedestrians and riders.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports on a Grant Park man suing Bird after suffering injuries while riding their rental scooter.
The attorney for Simon Clopton who was injured riding a scooter rented from the Bird Company has filed a lawsuit against the company. The suit was filed on March 8th and alleges that the company knowingly rented scooters that had faulty brakes.
Clopton hopped aboard a Bird scooter to attend an appointment on the campus of Georgia Tech. Clopton was at the corner of 5th and Spring Streets when the scooter came to an abrupt stop, hurling Clopton from the vehicle.
Clopton suffered from a broken arm and leg in the crash. It is not clear how fast Clopton was going, but Atlanta has imposed a speed limit of 15 mph for scooters.
A nearby surveillance camera captured the incident on camera.
In addition to the medical expenses and punitive damages that Clopton is seeking, his wife, Molly Aeck, is seeking damages for loss of services and companionship.
The couple is seeking a jury trial.
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