Electric scooters (or e-scooters) seem to be everywhere in Denver once the streets and sidewalks are clear of snow and ice. However, too many people underestimate just how dangerous they can be.
A host of accidents across the country has shown the dangers for riders and pedestrians. Some accidents were fatal.
Why can they be so dangerous?
Part of the reason that e-scooters can be so dangerous is their speed. Even the slowest go 15 to 20 miles per hour, but some can reach speeds of at least twice that. When an e-scooter strikes a pedestrian, they can suffer a concussion or other head injury, lacerations, broken bones and even damage to their internal organs. The person operating the scooter can suffer the same kind of injuries. Wearing a helmet can help – something the pedestrian typically isn’t doing.
E-scooters aren’t just for recreation. They’re a convenient and inexpensive way to get around for people going to and from work or school. You may even see people delivering packages or meals on e-scooters. As they become increasingly popular, safety advocates and doctors are calling for greater regulation, including making safety courses mandatory. There’s also the issue of riding while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, which contributes to numerous accidents and injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered catastrophic or even fatal injuries after being struck by someone on an e-scooter, you need to know your rights. While the operator may be charged with a criminal offense, you also have the right to compensation for your medical costs and other financial losses and damages. Don’t agree to a settlement with an insurer or the at-fault party without first seeking legal guidance.