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Published on Apr 26, 2022 at 1:45 pm in Electric Scooters and Bikes.
Distracted driving is an epidemic taking over our roadways. With the recent expansion of bicycle lanes and the addition of electric scooters, or e-scooters, to the roads in downtown areas, the problem is only compounding. To ensure you don’t need to hire one of our Los Angeles rideshare attorneys someday, please use caution.
Different concerned organizations have begun studying the impact of e-scooters on urban roadways. Statistics are beginning to emerge, and the findings are pretty interesting. Here are a few e-scooter accident statistics:
Now, let’s compare these numbers to the rates of distracted drivers on the road—it’s the perfect storm, unfortunately:
And it’s not just lawyers, insurance companies, and researchers that are concerned; drivers are expressing the same concerns. A survey by AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety reported that over 60 percent of drivers surveyed felt distracted driving was a more pressing concern today than it was a few years ago.
In the battle of a 5,000-pound vehicle versus a human weighing 100 to 250 pounds, the human is the obvious loser. If you do a google search for “driver killed scooter rider,” you’ll see results from around the globe from as recent as a few days ago. This problem is not localized to the United States.
In fact, the National Safety Council has started a Distracted Driving Survivors Network for those who have lost loved ones to distracted driving, much like people came together decades ago to fight against drunk driving.
If you were injured when a vehicle struck you or you met with an unsafe road condition (i.e. pothole, large surface crack), Ride App Law Group has experienced e-scooter accident attorneys in the Los Angeles area who can help. Always hire a lawyer who knows e-scooter crashes to get the maximum settlement possible, as these cases can have complex and unique legal questions.
Contact us today to set up a free consultation to learn more about how we might help.