Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last couple of years, you may have noticed that there are scooters everywhere. Not only are they becoming a more popular mode of transportation for kids and young adults who need a quick ride, but they’re also becoming a staple of public transportation in cities all across the United States.
For example, in cities like Madison, New Jersey, wannabe riders can grab a rentable scooter if they need to make a trip to the train station and happen to live within a 2.5-mile radius. The program is starting small, but there are many just like it in other cities and most of them allow more flexibility. If Madison’s program shows signs of life, then this is probably just the start of bigger things to come.
Unless, of course, a massive class-action lawsuit destroys the scooter industry.
There have been calls for action everywhere ever since the dangers of electric scooters have become better known. The real question is whether or not scooters are really a more dangerous form of transportation, or if we’re just noticing more injuries because of the ballooning popularity.
Right now, reports of an increased number of injuries seem to be based mostly on word-of-mouth with little hard evidence to back them up.
The new class-action lawsuit was filed against a number of electric scooter manufacturers including Lime and Bird in order to win compensation for injuries caused by defects that attorneys say constitutes gross negligence. Even more shocking, the lawsuit states that the scooters are both a “public nuisance” and have aided and abetted assault. That seems like a tall order, but we’ll have to wait and see how it plays out.
For now, there are only eight plaintiffs who have joined the class action, but the personal injury lawyers who built the case are hoping to add many more. The goal isn’t just to win these plaintiffs compensation for injuries–personal-injury lawyer Catherine Leter wants to obliterate the e-scooter companies with a single savage blow.
Unfortunately, many of the bloated claims of the lawsuit seem to place blame on those who actually use–or in this case, misuse and abuse–the electric scooters, and not the makers. The lawsuit may be taking aim at the wrong group of people.