Renting out bikes and scooters as a method of convenient transportation has become more and more common nowadays. It’s most likely you have spotted different electronic scooters parked around your area for convenient transportation use, with the company, Bird, most likely providing these rentals. With new innovations such Bird, there will be concerns for safety and liability issues that precede them.
Headquartered in Venice, California, Bird began as a company with the intention to ease environmental and transportation concerns that come with the use of excessive car trips and lack of convenient transportation accessibility. The goal of bird scooters is to improve transportation, reduce road congestion, and greenhouse gas emissions by providing electronic scooters to the public with easy accessibility. The company is and continues to be in the process of working with different cities across the United States to expand their concept to reach a wider audience.
Bird scooters are usually scattered around the city and parked by bike racks in any area that doesn’t block public pathways. Dependent on the city, the Bird scooters can also be parked front of different buildings/stores/restaurants as long as they don’t pose a nuisance to the building.
At the end of the day, Bird employees begin tracking down the scooters in order to collect, charge, and store them overnight beginning around 8 PM, and then they are returned to their locations at 7 AM the next day for public usage.
In order to have access to the Bird scooters, one must download the BIRD app in order to rent and pay for the transportation. The qualified rider must sign up, pay an out-of-system fee, and pay a $1 unlock fee. Each ride costs $1 in order to start each BIRD ride, and then, the individual is charged 15 cents per minute during the entire duration of the ride.
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The company has emplaced rules to ensure safety for users and bystanders…
However, even with rules in placed, people still tend to neglect some of these rules, increasing the likelihood of injuries and accidents. Even with restricted areas in place, people still continue to use the Bird scooters on walking trails, restricted parks, and most commonly, on side walks. People are concerned with riding along side cars due to traffic, therefore they opt to use the scooters on sidewalks instead.
Safety is a large priority to the cities that acquire Bird scooters as concerns of accidents and liability issues come into play. Bird scooters accidents can become fatal as the Bird scooter are less visible on the roads, and they pose a weak protective barrier between the rider and the pedestrians, cars, and objects that are around them.
Injuries from Bird scooters can result from a multitude of reasons such as
A big problem seen among Bird scooter accidents is difficulty of sharing the roads. There have been multiple reports of
In situations such as these, questions of liability and compensations can become complicated, especially because there isn’t a structured policy around Bird scooter accidents and injuries. There has been a lot of conversation on how to approach the potential problems that may arise with the increase use of electronic scooter rentals. However, because nothing is set in stone, it’s important to be aware of the new innovation and how it may affect you or your loved ones. The Sessions Law Firm is here to represent you and help guide you through the process of your case.
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