Irish Exchange Student Killed By Uber Driver While Riding a Lime Scooter
A 21-year-old Irish foreign exchange student was killed in Austin, TX, late Friday night, while riding a Lime Scooter. The Lime Scooter was traveling in the wrong direction on a busy road when an Uber driver struck the rider. The injured Lime Scooter rider was rushed to the hospital with severe brain injuries, which he later succumbed to. A GoFundMe has been set up to support the family of the deceased student who travelled from Ireland to Texas to be there for their son.
Nearly 6,000 Pedestrians Are Killed in Car Accidents Every Year
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, after two years of marked increases, the rate of pedestrian car accidents has reached a 25-year-high. Factors that could be to blame for the increase include the rise in popularity of Lime Scooters, Bird Scooters, bike shares, and other transportation methods such as Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare apps. A hospital in Salt Lake City, UT, has seen a 161% increase in E.R. visits .
Accidents involving e-scooters and motor vehicles has become a serious concern, with the fatality rate increasing by 2-4% since rideshare apps have hit the market. Medical professionals have considered closely tracking the number of accidents that occur to create a prevention plan for future accidents. Some of the methods that have been brainstormed include restricting scooters from riding in the road, designating scooter riders to bike lanes, and banning their use on sidewalks. In mid-January of this year, a woman was critically injured after being in a Lime Scooter accident, and many other Lime Scooter riders have come forward with stories of the injuries they or someone they know has sustained from e-scooters.
Common Types of Lime Scooter and Ride Share App Accidents
Lime Scooters travel, on average, 15mph, and are often used on roads rather than sidewalks. If a rider is driving a scooter on the road, turns a corner too sharply, or crashes their scooter around a motor vehicle, this can cause severe injuries and be fatal. The most common types of Lime Scooter and Uber accidents that occur include:
- A motorist striking a scooter
- A scooter rider running into a car
- Lime Scooter riders losing control and crashing the scooters
- Driving under the influence, for both Lime Scooter riders and Uber drivers
- Speeding. While Lime Scooters only get up to 15 mph, riders are still required to follow basic road safety rules such as stopping at stop signs, giving the right away, etc
What to Do If You Are Involved in a Lime Scooter or Rideshare App Crash
If you have been in a Lyft or Uber accident, or an accident as a ridesharer, it is critical to take the following steps to ensure the safety of everyone involved and produce the best outcome for your case. The first thing that should be done after an accident, regardless of fault, is to call 911 and get checked out by a physician. A police report will be filed for the accident, anyone that was injured in the accident will receive treatment, and details of the accident will be preserved. The next, and perhaps most essential, step to take after being involved in a Lime Scooter accident, or a crash as an Uber or Lyft Driver, is to gather evidence.
Uber, Lyft, and the Lime Bike company are insured by large insurance companies that have airtight policies in place to protect their company from claims. The more evidence that you gather from an accident, the more supported your case will be when you speak to a LimeBike Accident Lawyer about your case. A lawyer can help you create a powerful claim against the responsible party in the accident, the manufacturer of the scooter you used, and negotiate for the highest amount of damages for your suffering. If you or someone you love has been in a Lime Scooter accident or a rideshare accident, and you need a lawyer, contact the Dixon Injury Firm today. Our lawyers offer free consultations and have the experience and the drive needed to produce the best results for your claim against the responsible party.