Injury from an Electric Scooter
The electric scooter company Spin has joined Bird and Lime, becoming the third company to offer this wildly popular service in St. Louis. Sadly, as the popularity of these devices increases, so too do accidents involving electric rental scooters. If you have been injured while riding on an electric scooter in St. Louis, Brown & Brown may be able to help.
Common Electric Scooter Injuries
The most common electric scooter injuries are broken bones. Falls from the scooter or crashing into objects can result in broken fingers, arms, ankles, and legs. They may also result in fractured hips or ribs, or a broken or fractured collarbone. These issues may be covered fully by insurance in minor cases, but in those where a serious and limiting injury has occurred, our St. Louis electric scooter lawyers can review your case free of charge to help you determine the best course of action.
Serious injury related to electric scooters include:
Many of these will require emergency and on-going treatment. Some may prove impossible to fully overcome.
In January of 2019, St. Louis Public Radio ran a story featuring Larry Lewis, a professor of emergency medicine who works in the emergency department of Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In the story, Mr. Lewis reports that, over a ten week period in 2017, 67 electric scooter injuries were treated in the ER at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. One in five required further hospitalization.
It is interesting to note that, at the time of the story, only one electric scooter company was operating in St. Louis. Now that there are three, injuries related to electric scooters are likely to increase accordingly. This makes knowing how to safely operate an electric scooter all the more important.
Electric Scooter Regulations & Safety Requirements
In St. Louis, electric scooters are subject to the rules of the road. This means obeying all traffic signs and signals, following the flow of traffic, and observing the right of way. Electric scooters must be operated on the street (no sidewalks), but they cannot be used on the highway. Scooters can only be operated by riders over the age of 18. Scanning a valid driver’s license is required to unlock the devices.
While helmet use is not required in the state of Missouri when operating an electric scooter, in St. Louis it is. All riders must wear a helmet when operating an electric scooter in St. Louis. Remember, these companies do not supply helmets. You must bring your own.
In addition to St. Louis electric scooter laws and regulations, it is advisable to practice caution when riding one of these devices. This means wearing appropriate safety gear, including a helmet and pads, paying attention to the road (avoiding distraction), and maintaining firm control over the device at all times: both hands on the handlebars, both feet on the deck, both wheels on the road.
Following these simple steps can help keep you safe, even in the case of an accident, but there is no guarantee against injury. If you have been injured while riding an electric scooter in St. Louis, call Brown & Brown at 314-333-3333 to schedule a complimentary consultation and learn how we can help.