There is a new wave of ride-sharing happening all over the country right now. Scooters. Yes, you heard me correctly, scooters. There is a company out there that is dropping scooters all over the country in cities for people. The company is called “Bird” and they have quickly grown to a $1 billion company and they are taking the nation by storm. These scooters have helped people that live in inner cities get around the city easily in hot weather while also saving money on ubers and things of that nature.
These scooters are set up on street corners and certain locations. You locate them by using their app and by typing in your credit card information. The fees you pay for using the scooter is a flat rate and then a charge by minute + mile. But don’t be fooled by the add-on charges, it is still VERY cheap to use.
The question is, who is liable if you are in an accident or struck by a vehicle?
- The thing about these scooters is that they are still a very new concept around the country.
- So no real “laws” have been created to protect either the vehicle driver or the scooter driver.
- Currently, they want you to abide by all traffic laws as if you were riding a bike or driving a car.
- Stop lights, stop signs, crosswalks, you name it.
- They also want you to be using the bike lane whenever a sidewalk is not present.
So for now, if you are struck by a vehicle while crossing the street, you are a pedestrian. So the vehicle owner/driver would be liable and the insurance companies would have to get involved. But you as well also need to be careful while driving these because people are not going to automatically assume that there will be scooters at every crosswalk.
As with every other scenario, we want you to be as informed as possible! So shoot us an email at https://www.brownandcrouppen.com/contact/ so that we can get you a FREE consultation on these issues.