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E-scooter maintenance: Who is responsible?

On Behalf of | Oct 30, 2019 | Personal Injury

Electric scooters, or e-scooters, are becoming an increasingly common means of transportation across Chicago and many other major U.S. cities. However, as more and more riders suffer serious injuries while riding these scooters, important questions are coming to light about who is responsible for injuries riders suffer. Many riders, and potential riders, of e-scooters also have questions and concerns about who is responsible for maintaining e-scooters and making sure they remain intact and safe to ride.

According to CNN, a recent incident in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, highlights some of the many dangers associated with e-scooter use in America. Law enforcement officers in that city obtained surveillance videos of the man in question intentionally tampering with e-scooters around the city, and videos show him cutting numerous scooter brake lines, which can make them exponentially more dangerous and, in some cases, completely unusable.

Who is responsible for e-scooter safety?

The incident in Florida raises important questions about who checks out these scooters to make sure they remain safe for use. In this particular situation, the company behind the e-scooters the man vandalized claims it deactivated all its scooters in the neighborhood where the vandalism occurred to prevent users from riding on scooters without functioning brakes. The company also claims that it plans to “continuously monitor” its scooters citywide to identify any additional instances of vandalism.

Additional concerns about scooter safety

While riding on scooters with insufficient brake systems is undeniably dangerous, scooters can injure citizens in other ways, even if people do not directly ride them. Often, e-scooter users choose to “dump” the scooters in random spots around the city, but this can lead to slips, trips and falls, which can lead to serious injuries.

Scooter liability is a relatively new concept. If you suffered a serious injury relating to an e-scooter, you may have valid questions about who is responsible.