It seems like we are hearing about electric scooters on a daily basis. Whether you love them or hate them, it looks like they will be in Kansas City for a while. With all of this scooter activity, we want to talk about what you can expect as a rider or a third party this summer.
At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., we are here to help if you are injured in any kind of pedestrian incident that was caused by another person’s negligence. Let us get to work on securing the compensation you deserve when you need a bird scooter accident lawyer in Kansas City.
What Is Happening With Scooters?
We are sure that some people were breathing a sigh of relief when they heard that Lime would not be bringing their electric scooters back to Kansas City this summer. However, that certainly does not mean we that these scooters are gone.
City officials have announced that three other companies, Bird, RideKC, and Spin are all bringing their electric scooters to the city. They will operate in the corridor from River Market to the Country Club Plaza on a one-year pilot program to study “shared active transportation.”
Why is this such a big deal? These scooters help people get around, right?
While electric scooters have proven to be convenient for some, they have also brought plenty of major injuries, and even deaths, to cities around the US. We do not yet have any good studies on how many injuries these scooters cause. Typically, they are lumped into the category of “pedestrian accidents.”
We do know that the following injuries are common in scooter-related crashes:
- Traumatic brain injuries/head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries/paralysis
- Internal organ damage/internal bleeding
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or amputations
Each of these injuries can cause victims to accumulate massive medical bills, and that is only the beginning of the costs. If a victim cannot work while they recover, the lost income can impact their ability to pay household bills and support their families.
Who gets hurt in these crashes?
Riders, third-party pedestrians who get struck, and people who trip over discarded scooters are all vulnerable to major injuries.
What We Can Do Now
Electric scooters are here to stay, so how about we do everything we can to stay safe out there. However, we know that electric scooters can cause serious injuries to riders and to other people around them. When they do, or if you are injured in any other pedestrian incident, Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. is here to help.
Our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to jump in to secure the compensation you deserve. This can include:
- Your medical expenses related to the incident
- Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages against those responsible