What are E-Scooters?
The sidewalks and streets of many cities have recently been overrun with Lime, Bird, Lyft and Jump scooters. “E-scooter” companies tout them as an innovative and environmentally friendly form of transportation that gets commuters out of their cars.
What’s the Problem?
While e-scooters get people from point a to point b without clogging up traffic or contributing to pollution, they also can be extremely dangerous to both riders and pedestrians. Some people ride the scooters without helmets and on sidewalks, putting themselves and others at risk of severe injury. Scooters have also been involved in many accidents with cars and with pedestrians.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: Our lawyers are currently wishing to speak with anyone who has been injured in a scooter accident. If you have, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
Class Action Filed Against Lime Bird Scooters
A class action lawsuit was recently filed against Lime and Bird on behalf of a group of plaintiffs who allegedly suffered personal injury and/or property damage as a result of the companies’ negligence. The complaint includes not just scooter riders but also pedestrians who claim to have sustained extensive injuries including broken wrists, toes and fingers, torn ligaments, face lacerations, and “damaged” teeth.
In addition to Bird and Lime being accused of “aiding and abetting assault,” the suit also notes that leaving the scooters on public sidewalks and streets is a “public nuisance” which violates the California Civil Code, and that the plaintiffs are representative of “scores (if not hundreds) of riders and pedestrians and members of the public [who] have suffered, are continuing to suffer and will to continue to suffer egregious and avoidable injuries and damage to their person and property.”
Types of Scooter Injuries
- Broken wrists, toes and fingers
- Torn ligaments
- Face lacerations
- Skin abrasions (“road rash”)
- Damaged teeth
- Property damage
Lime Scooter Recall
Within one month, Lime issued two recalls for its scooters over major problems that could lead to severe personal injuries and/or significant property damage.
In Oct. 2018, Lime recalled thousands of scooters over concerns that a “manufacturing defect” in some of its scooters “could result in the battery smoldering, or in some cases catching fire.” The company eventually pulled about 2,000 scooters over the issue, but said that the risk of such an occurrence was only possible in a tiny percentage of cases, according to the Washington Post.
A month after that recall, Lime recalled scooters manufactured by Okai after multiple reports surfaced of the devices breaking in half under normal riding conditions. Lime said it would decommission all of its Okai Scooters as a result of the problem; however, it added that determining the precise number of scooters affected would be difficult, and declined to provide an estimate as to the exact number affected.
Do I Have a Scooter Injury Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in scooter injury lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured in a scooter accident, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a lawsuit and we can help.