Electric scooters, or e-scooters, have become an increasingly popular, convenient and inexpensive way to get around here in Nevada and across the country. Companies like Uber even allow people to rent e-scooters.
However, e-scooters, which can reach speeds above 15 miles per hour, can be extremely dangerous – particularly in or near busy traffic — for pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and the e-scooter riders themselves. People often don’t see them coming until it’s too late.
Pedestrians can and have suffered fatal injuries. One emergency medicine physician who has treated numerous pedestrians stuck by e-scooters, says he’s seen patients with “head injuries, lacerations, concussions, internal organ injuries and extremity fractures.”
A high-profile case sparked calls for stronger laws
Last year, a young man was charged with a number of offenses, including criminally negligent homicide and second-degree manslaughter, after striking and fatally injuring a 65-year-old veteran stage and film actress with an e-scooter as she was crossing the street in New York City. He fled the scene and was arrested by police later.
That crash prompted calls for new legislation to address leaving the scene of an e-scooter crash. Safety advocates and legislators across the country have been calling for stronger regulations around e-scooters as the harm that can be done by and to those riding them becomes increasingly apparent
If you or a loved one was injured by an e-scooter rider or by a motorist while operating an e-scooter, you could be dealing with long-term injuries and medical bills. Don’t settle for less than you need and deserve to deal with those and other expenses. Even if the person who’s at fault is facing criminal charges, you may be able to take civil legal action as well. It’s important to know all of your options.