In November 2018, Mark Walters tripped on a Bird electric scooter that was lying in the middle of an Austin sidewalk. Due to injuries he sustained in the fall, he paid around $2,400 in hospital bills. Mr. Walters filed suit against the scooter rental company and is seeking compensation.
Lawsuits against scooter rental companies have gained momentum over the past year. Michael Fuchs filed a petition for $3,000 in August and alleged that his vehicle was side-swiped by a person riding a Lime scooter. In October, Lime and Bird were sued in a class action lawsuit on behalf of eight people who have alleged the companies are “aiding and abetting assault” and acting negligently. Their suit claims the scooters are causing injuries because they are dropped off after use and without warning. There are 10,000 scooters in Austin alone. The lawsuit has also alleged they are a nuisance.
When someone is injured or dies in an accident, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the injured party’s right to recover.
Abraham Watkins offers a free consultation to anyone wishing to pursue a claim for such injuries or fatalities.