Bird and other similar scooters are a great way to travel around congested areas like southern California. They are economical, they are great for short trips, and they are good for the environment. But Bird Scooters do have their problems and riders face many risks while riding.
An Accident Waiting to Happen
We’ve all seen Bird Scooters zipping in and out of traffic. We’ve all seen Bird Scooters just laying on the sidewalk. These are hazards not only to riders but also to pedestrians. Injuries can occur just as easily to a pedestrian as they can to someone riding the scooter.
Riders Pose a Risk
Whether that rider is you or someone else, riders pose the biggest risk. They routinely zip through intersections, disobey traffic laws, and create hazards for pedestrians. If riders are weaving in and out of traffic, if they’re failing to follow the rules of the road, they are more likely to cause injury to themselves and to others. When you’re riding a Bird Scooter, it is in your best interest to ride with caution, wear a helmet, and be acutely aware of your surroundings.
Riding a Bird Scooter makes it hard for other vehicles to see you. If you’re zipping through traffic or across intersections, you’re more likely to be injured because other drivers can’t see you. This is why it’s important for you to be vigilant and take care while riding a Bird Scooter.
Failing to Follow the Law Poses a Risk
California law prohibits scooters from riding on sidewalks or having more than one person on them at a time. The law also requires riders to wear a helmet and have a driver’s license. Not following the law is an easy way to get injured and get a fine.
Scooter riders tend to think they’re invincible. They’re not. While they may be riding something that looks like a toy, it can quickly become a dangerous mode of transportation.
Scooters and Roads Pose a Risk
Scooters themselves can pose a risk to riders. Brakes can fail. Tires can blow. Potholes can pop tires. Pedestrians can trip over scooters left on the sidewalk. There are numerous ways in which scooters can injure riders and passersby.
You can help avoid this situation by checking the scooter before you hop on. It only takes a few seconds to make sure the brakes are working correctly and the tires have enough air in them. This quick step can save you from serious injury down the road.
You can also help avoid dangerous situations by being a defensive rider and courteous citizen. Don’t leave the scooter in the middle of the sidewalk. Don’t zip in and out of traffic and across intersections. Taking precautions won’t stop all accidents on a scooter but it will increase your chances of a safe arrival at your destination.
Contact Your Scooter Accident Attorneys
Despite the careful preparation and defensive strategies while riding a Bird Scooter, accidents can and do happen. Whether you’ve been injured while riding a scooter or you’ve been injured by someone else on a scooter, you deserve to have legal representation to help you get back on your feet.
Your injuries can be severe and costly. This is why you need the trusted team of Steinberg Injury Lawyers to be the vigorous representation you need and deserve. Contact us today at 800-989-6385 for a free, no obligation evaluation of your case to see how we can help you heal and move forward.