These scooters are back and ready to change the way you get around. Here’s what you need to know.
On July 19th, rental scooters were placed all over the streets of St. Louis. Then, in just one day, they were gone. The issue was that Bird, the company that owns them, did not attain proper permits and pulled the scooters at the request of the city. Now, these scooters are back and ready to change the way you get around. Here’s what you need to know.
What are Rental Scooters?
Rental scooters are one of the more recent developments to come out of Silicon Valley, the technology capital of the world. The idea is simple: Put electric scooters in urban areas, outfit them with technology that doesn’t let people use them until they pay a small fee, and compensate other citizens that are willing to charge and maintain the machines. The result is cheap transportation, as long as you have a smartphone and are comfortable on a scooter. Whether or not this method of transport will be positive for St. Louis remains to be seen.
How Everyone Can Stay Safe
Rental scooters come with a variety of dangers. The following are a few ways you can stay safe while operating them and driving around them.
Follow Traffic Laws – Scooter riders tend to think of themselves more as pedestrians than drivers. This mindset causes them to break the rules of the road, which may lead to accidents.
Pay Attention – This tip can be applied to both riders and drivers. If you want to avoid collisions on the road, resist distractions and keep your eyes ahead of you.
Show Respect – Drivers might find themselves frustrated by this new hazard on the roads of St. Louis. No matter how you feel, you must show respect and be safe around anyone that shares the streets with you.
Liability in the Case of an Accident
Liability for accidents involving scooters is similar to two cars colliding. In short, the party that was more at fault will be expected to pay benefits to the other person involved. The factor that might complicate these cases is the extent of injuries for both parties. As you can imagine, a person on a scooter is much more likely to sustain severe injuries than someone in a car. The likely result is very few drivers making claims against scooter riders, and a higher likelihood of the opposite lawsuit playing out.
Will the Scooter Company Ever be Liable?
It is always reasonable to ask about third party liability when a company is involved. Just like with cars, the scooter business will not be liable unless the machine malfunctions in some way. An example might be a sticky accelerator, which causes a rider to enter an intersection accidentally. This type of situation may warrant some liability for the scooter company.
Whether you decide to use rental scooters is up to you. No matter what, though, you will want to prioritize staying safe in the new St. Louis traffic landscape. The best way to do so is following safety guidelines, understanding liability, and speaking with a St. Louis car accident lawyer if you are ever involved in an accident with a negligent driver.