Over the past few years, most major cities across the country have seen at least one scooter share company pop up. As the popularity of electric scooters explodes across the United States, many have raised a concern that scooter shares present an unjustifiable risk, both to those renting the scooters as well as other motorists and pedestrians. Indeed, since the inception of scooter shares in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., there have been dozens of serious Maryland scooter accidents.
An electric scooter is a relatively simple machine, consisting primarily of a motor attached to a frame that is powered by an electric battery. Electric scooters have throttle and brake mechanisms, similar to motorcycles, that allow users to control the speed of the scooter. A series of wires connects the motor to either the front or rear wheel of the scooter, providing the power that spins the wheel. Most electric scooters top out at around 20 miles per hour; however, most manufacturers recommend users do not travel over 15 miles per hour.
While scooters are not difficult to ride, there is a bit of a learning curve, especially for those who are not familiar with riding a motorcycle. Scooter share companies do not require users to exhibit any sort of riding proficiency to rent a scooter. Given the prevalence, low-cost, and ease of scooter shares, many users who are unfamiliar with how to ride a scooter end up putting themselves and others at risk when taking the scooters on the road or sidewalk.
Man Faces $100,000 in Medical Bills after Scooter Accident
Earlier this month, a Florida man accrued over $100,000 in medical expenses after he was involved in a scooter accident. According to a local news report, the man rented the scooter from a Bird scooter-share that was part of a pilot program. Evidently, he was riding the scooter for about 12 minutes when he placed his foot onto the ground while the scooter was moving. As the rider set his foot on the ground, the scooter was redirected into a nearby curb.
The man fell off the scooter and twisted his leg. As a result of the accident, the rider shattered several of the bones in his leg. At the hospital, surgeons placed a 10-millimeter-thick rod into the man’s leg. The rider told reporters that he recently received a bill of over $100,000 for the medical care he received after the accident. He was unsure how much of the bill his insurance would cover.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Scooter Accident?
If you have recently been injured in a Maryland scooter accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries. Even seemingly minor accidents can result in astronomical medical bills. The dedicated Maryland scooter accident lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have extensive experience handling all types of Maryland motorcycle and scooter accidents. To learn more about how we can help you pursue a claim for compensation, call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free consultation today. Because we work on a contingent-fee basis, we will not bill you for our services unless we can help you recover the compensation you deserve.