Electric Scooters Dangerous For Pedestrians
We have to talk about the electric ridesharing scooters that are invading major cities across the United State, including Dallas. You may have heard the names: Lime, Bird, Skip.
The idea is that these scooters will be parked at various places around the city and people can use an app on their phone to pay for and unlock a ride. They then take them to their destination, leave them on the sidewalk, and go on their way.
Let’s take a minute to think about this. People who likely have zero training about how to operate electric scooters can now zoom around our sidewalks and streets.
How dangerous is this for other pedestrians in the city?
Who is liable for any injuries that result from the use of these scooters?
At the Law Offices of Dorothy Hyde, we know that there are so many dangers that pedestrians face when they set out. If you need a pedestrian accident attorney in Dallas, you can count on us.
Pedestrians At Risk
We know that the last thing you think about when you go out for a walk or some exercise is getting hurt. Unfortunately, you cannot control the actions of everyone around you.
Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable. If they get hit, whether by a vehicle, a bike, or another person, the impact to cause major injuries.
In 2017 in Texas, there were 614 people killed in pedestrian accidents across the state. The state is ranked 13th in the country when it comes to pedestrian deaths. Across the US, pedestrians account for almost 16 percent of all motor vehicles.
The injuries that do not cause fatalities can be severe:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe internal organ damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Musculoskeletal injuries
The severe injuries often require major medical interventions and extended rehabilitation for a person to heal.
Many times, people are permanently disabled and unable to get back to living the life they were used to living.
Often, these accidents happen because of a driver’s negligent behavior. This can include drunk or impaired driving. When someone else makes the choice to drive drunk or distracted, they are putting so many lives at risk. When they cause harm, they should be held accountable.
Why should you have to suffer financially?
What To Do Now
If someone else’s negligent behavior has caused you harm, we know you may be wondering what to do. If you are injured in a pedestrian incident, your medical bills will pile up quickly, but they may not be your only expense. If you have to miss work, the lost income can really cut into your ability to care for yourself and your family.
When you need a Dallas pedestrian accident attorney, you can count on the Law Offices of Dorothy Hyde for help. We will work to get you the compensation you need to cover all of your accident-related expenses. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.