The introduction of electric scooter rideshare business to the market provides a transportation option to help people travel short distances in less time. The e-scooter rental system is a growing industry across the United States. It is a great alternative to public transportation.
How does Lime work?
Lime is a dockless electric scooter sharing company. To use a Lime scooter, people have to download the Lime mobile app. The app is designed to help people find available scooters. Moreover, the app is used to unlock an e-scooter. The rental is short-term that can last up to 24-hours. Only one person is allowed to operate an activated Lime electric scooter.
Lime scooters and safety
Lime promotes safety in its term’s agreement. Some of the requirements and recommendations to rent Lime e-scooter include:
- Riders must be at least 18 years old
- E-scooter riders should wear bike helmets and other protective gear
- Riders should familiarize themselves with local laws
New Jersey scooter laws
New Jersey law says scooters have to follow the state’s bike laws. This also means that scooters riders have to follow the same laws as vehicles. In New Jersey, e-scooters riders under the age of 17 must wear a helmet. Although adults do not have to wear a helmet, the state law and Lime encourages all e-scooter riders to wear them.
In addition to state law, cities are allowed to create their own rules regarding e-scooter usage. Therefore, many cities regulate where scooters can be operated and parked. E-scooter riders need to obey all state and local laws.
Scooter accident injuries
The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General reports that most accidents occur when traveling very short distances. Even crashes at low speeds can be fatal. Serious head injuries may lead to permanent brain damage or other life-altering medical issues.
The most common injuries that result from scooter accidents include:
- Brain damage
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
What to do after a scooter accident
If you or someone you love was involved in a scooter accident, you might be feeling confused and worried about what you need to do. Here is a list of steps to take after an e-scooter crash:
- Immediately stop your vehicle
- Remain at the accident scene
- Call 911
- Exchange contact information
- Take photos of the accident scene
- See a doctor
- Keep all records of medical visits and bills
- Make an accident report with the police
- Contact a scooter accident lawyer
Hire an attorney
Injuries from an e-scooter crash may have left you with high medical bills, pain, and lost wages because you are unable to work. You may need to file a lawsuit to get compensation for your damages and injuries. However, lawsuits are time-consuming and complex legal processes. It is best to hire an experienced and knowledgeable attorney to handle your case.
If you were injured while riding a Lime electric scooter, contact Petrillo & Goldberg today for a free consultation at 856.249.9295.