Bird electric scooters are making their way to Louisville. These new self-transporting gadgets are taking the country by storm, in a frightening way. The electric scooters have been dropped by the thousands into cities with little regulation. Most riders do not utilize helmets, which the company encourages but does not have a way of preventing rides without one. If you have a credit card and a driver’s license, that’s pretty much all you need to get yourself onto one of these motorized scooters.
Many cities have already sent cease-and-desist notices to the scooter companies. There simply aren’t enough rules or laws in place to keep citizens safe. Murphy & Associates is concerned for our own Louisville community. We want everyone to have a good, fun time with the way they get around town, but we want it done safely, correctly and legally. We’ve expressed our own concerns about the matter and, unfortunately, we expect accidents to occur just as other cities have seen. We are prepared to represent you and your family in any electric scooter accidents, big and small. If and when Bird or Lime makes it to Louisville, we encourage everyone to wear a helmet and take precautions prior to hopping on one.
There have been many near-deaths as a result of the scooters since their launch. Riders have crashed into vehicles, collided with pedestrians, been flung off their scooter after hitting a pothole or sewer grate and more dangerous, almost deadly, incidents. One rider in California fell off of his electric scooter and rolled into the street, only to be narrowly missed by an oncoming bus. Two women in Nashville were struck by a car while riding Bird electric scooters, left with a hit-and-run situation. The lack of regulation and safety for riders is a growing concern for communities. For Louisville in particular, we hope to experience a worry-free atmosphere, however it is an unlikely outcome at this rate.
Some U.S. cities that have issued cease-and-desist letters to electric scooter companies:
- San Francisco
Helmets have been required of motorcyclists and cyclists for many years due to the various injuries and risks involved with riding a fast vehicle with little protective structure. The new electric scooters we see popping up around the country, in many major cities, go about 15 miles per hour. The average pedestrian travels about 3 miles per hour and, depending on where you are, cars may be driving up to 35 miles per hour. These wide ranges of speeds can be costly for one another. A 15 mile per hour scooter, with a 200 pound person navigating, can be catastrophic, if not deadly, if they hit a pedestrian traveling 5 times slower than they are.
Many of our concerns for Louisville riders are already real issues in other major cities. We would prefer not to see bike lanes overtaken by scooters, and we do not want pedestrians fearing zooming riders. Affordable and enjoyable public transportation is every city’s dream, but it has to be operated as a viable one.
If and when electric scooters make their way to Louisville, please abide by the rules of the road you would like others to abide by as well:
- Wear a helmet
- This simple, easy-to-wear protective gear can save lives. Wearing a helmet can help prevent head and brain injuries, and even death in some cases.
- Ride responsibly
- Responsible riding is an overarching rule that includes riding respectfully of other riders and pedestrians, riding at a reasonable speed, and riding within legal parameters. If you do not have an active driver’s license, do not ride an electric scooter.
- Follow the rules of the road
- Riding an electric scooter does not permit you to ride carelessly. Reckless riding can be deathly with electric scooters. Be sure to obey all traffic signs, stop lights and respect right-of-ways. Just like bicycles, scooters are not exempt from following the rules of the road.
- Stay alert
- Regardless of how everyone around you is riding, walking or driving, it is in your best interest to remain alert of your surroundings. Recognizing a reckless fellow pedestrian or rider can save your life or someone else’s.
For any questions or concerns about the newly introduced electric scooters, please do not hesitate to call Murphy & Associates. We want our community to feel safe and protected, regardless of their mode of transportation. If you are involved in an electric scooter accident, crash, collision or death call us today to review your case. The Louisville auto accident attorneys at Murphy & Associates are here to help you and your family receive the best representation possible. Call today to speak with one of our experienced attorneys.