Man Dies in St. Louis Lime Scooter Accident
In November, a man was found in cardiac arrest after running into a tree with a Lime Scooter in North St. Louis. An investigation is currently underway to determine if the man went into cardiac arrest due to the impact, or if the attack happened due to unrelated reasons. This raises serious concerns for users as to whether or not the scooters are safe to use. The company stresses safety tips on their website, and offers free helmets to those with $10 or more in their accounts, but it is unclear what else the company is doing to make sure their riders are safe.
Lime was founded in early 2017, and LimeBike’s and Lime Scooters have since become a popular choice for quick and affordable transportation across the U.S. And fun, of course. The scooters travel at roughly 15 mph and pick up speed quickly. It is recommended by the company for users to wear a helmet while riding the scooters, but helmet laws vary from state to state. Lime also recommends that users perform a pre-ride safety check before each ride to ensure that the scooter is in working order. The company stresses safety while riding the bikes and scooters, but there have been a number of (potentially) preventable accidents. We have put together a list of information for Lime riders to help make sure that they are informed of what they should do if they are involved in a Lime Scooter accident.
For Every 61.5 Million Bike Share Trips, One Person Dies
One person dies every 61.5 million bike share trips, according to statistics published in early 2017. Since these statistics were published, there have been a number of deaths due to electric scooters. A 24-year-old man from Dallas, Texas, was killed after falling off a Lime Scooter. He was found with scrapes and bruises and rushed to the hospital where he expired due to complications. A young woman in Cleveland died after she was hit by a car while riding a Lime Scooter. She was struck from behind, thrown from the scooter and landed on the road. The woman was rushed to the hospital where she later died. There are many other deaths and injuries that have occurred due to the Lime Scooters, which has left many wondering what to do in this situation.
The First Steps that Should be Taken Following a Lime Scooter accident
Similar to the aftermath of a car accident, if you are involved in a car accident it is essential to document the scene of the accident. Anything that is damaged during the accident or any injuries sustained should be documented. After this, you must seek immediate medical attention. Failure to do so could result in worsened injuries and weaker evidence if your incident turns into an insurance claim. A medical professional will be able to thoroughly examine and treat your Lime Scooter accident injuries, and document them in a report. Like with all accidents, you should contact a personal injury lawyer to see what can be done for your case. Lime is a big company, and they are more than likely insured by a prominent insurance company so it is best to let an attorney handle dealing with the insurance company for you. If the insurance company asks for a statement about the accident, it is important to stay silent and decline to immediately comment. This will ensure that your rights are protected during this time, and that your Lime Scooter accident case will be in the hands of an attorney who can ensure that you will receive the most for your injuries and damages.
Damages You Can Claim After a Lime Scooter Accident
If you are involved in a Lime Scooter accident, it is essential to know your rights and be informed about what damages and recoveries you could be entitled to for your injuries. Any medical expenses that have occurred due to the Lime Scoot accident can be recovered, including but not limited to hospital bills, ambulance fees, and cost of medicine. Some injuries can prevent people from working. In these cases, you can claim lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
The Most Common Lime Scooter Accidents, and How to Prevent Them
Common causes of Lime Scooter accidents involve being struck by vehicles, falling off the scooter, and running into objects. While every accident can’t be avoided, there are safety precautions that can be taken to stay safe while riding Lime Scooters. It is recommended to always wear a helmet when riding, wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, brake slowly while riding, stay alert and be aware of your surroundings while riding a Lime Scooter. Riding on sidewalks can be just as dangerous. If you’re involved in a Lime Scooter accident, and don’t know what to do, feel free to call the Dixon Injury Firm at (314) 409-7060, 855-40-CRASH, or contact us for legal representation.