Electric scooters, also known as “e-scooters,” are a relatively new trend in Pittsburgh and elsewhere in Pennsylvania. Yes, the idea of reducing your carbon footprint to a minimum and zipping around town on two wheels and not having to be stuck in those horrible traffic jams in Pittsburgh is certainly exciting. But there are quite a few downsides to consider.
There is an ongoing debate as to whether or not electric scooters are street-legal in Pennsylvania (in fact, The Inquirer published a report in October 2018 citing a fact sheet released by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in which it says that e-scooters are “not street-legal” and “cannot be operated Pennsylvania roadways or sidewalks”).
However, this confusion had little to no effect on Pennsylvania residents who continue to ride electric scooters on roadways and sidewalks in Pittsburgh. Although e-scooters are a relatively new phenomenon in the U.S., they have already brought chaos and outrage in cities across the nation, with lawmakers in certain cities pushing legislation to ban the electric scooter companies that rent out scooters to customers.
The city of Pittsburgh has worked with a variety of electric scooter providers to ensure that residents have a plethora of public transportation options. When the city began allowing electric scooters to operate, the company Spin became part of a consortium of companies that provide transportation stations in and around the city.
Recently, another form of electric scooter, one that looks like a moped, has entered the city of Pittsburgh. The scooter is called Scoobi and is operated by a Pittsburgh-based company. Scoobi began working with 100 scooters in July of 2018, and these devices can reach speeds of around 30 mph.
There are various other types of scooters that operate across the country, with the most popular being Bird and Lime.
Reports indicate that electric scooter accident rates could be as high as 1,000 per month, while safety experts in Pennsylvania and all across the country discourage Americans from riding e-scooters due to multiple risks posed to riders, pedestrians, and even motorists.
If you have been injured while riding an e-scooter or you sustained an injury due to another electric scooter rider, our Pittsburgh electric scooter accident attorney here at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman will be glad to help you. Schedule a free consultation with our lawyers to determine liability (because, believe it or not, establishing fault in e-scooter accidents can be very complicated due to the fact that there are no guidelines, legal standards, or procedures on how to seek compensation after an electric scooter accident in Pittsburgh).
Unfortunately, those involved in electric scooter accidents can sustain severe injuries. The Pittsburgh electric scooter accident attorneys at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman have helped clients who have sustained the following:
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in an accident involving an electric scooter in Pittsburgh, there may be various types of compensation available for your claim. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, our scooter accident lawyers will help clients secure the following:
There can be multiple types of electric scooter accidents, and there are just as many causes of e-scooter accidents in Pennsylvania. Since e-scooters are a relatively new trend in the U.S. and there are no laws or rules governing electric scooters, many people have no idea how to properly and legally use and interact with e-scooters.
These are the most common types of electric scooter accidents (if you have been injured in any of them, do not hesitate to speak to an experienced electric scooter accident attorney in Pittsburgh or elsewhere in Pennsylvania):
Whatever is the case, being represented by a Pittsburgh electric scooter accident lawyer from Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman is always a good idea to determine liability and recover damages. Call our offices at 888-98-TWINS(89467) for a free case evaluation.