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Are Electric Scooters More Dangerous than Bicycles?

Electric scooter companies like Bird and Lime claim that e-scooters are no more dangerous than bicycles. As personal injury attorneys, we know firsthand how dangerous electric scooters can be. In this blog, we tell you 5 reasons why electric scooters are more dangerous than bikes.

  • Reason #1: Electric scooters have smaller wheels than bicycles. And the wheels are often solid as opposed to air-filled. Scooter companies have found that they save money by using solid tires because this eliminates the downtime caused by a flat tire. The scooters’ smaller, solid, wheels are much less forgiving on roadway or sidewalk imperfections than air-filled bicycle wheels. A small rock or height differential that can be easily navigated over by a bicyclist, can cause an electric scooter rider to lose control and crash.
  • Reason #2: On an electric scooter, the handlebars and the front wheel are all on the same axis of rotation. Because the front wheel is almost directly in line with where the rider stands, it makes the scooter more prone to tipping over. In contrast, a bicycle has a longer wheel base. The front wheel of a bike is larger than a scooter’s and the wheel is further out in front of the rider. All of this makes bicycles more stable and more forgiving when a rider encounters roadway defects.
  • Reason #3: A person standing up on an e-scooter is harder to see than a person riding a bike. An automobile driver who is turning left or right at an intersection, and who sees an approaching figure in the driver’s peripheral vision, may "read" the approaching upright figure as a pedestrian, when in fact it’s a scooter rider. Accounting for a pedestrian’s slower speed, the motorist may incorrectly calculate that they have enough time to make the turn without hitting the approaching figure.
  • Reason #4: Most e-scooter operators who suffer injuries are new riders. Often, new riders will just download the scooter app onto their phones, unlock the scooter, and take off for a ride. These riders have no experience with electric scooters, and if they’ve had any training at all, it was watching a quick tutorial on the app about how to operate a scooter. With bicycles, on the other hand, most people have ridden one before.
  • Reason #5: When a person rents an electric scooter, they have no idea about its condition, its history, or how it has been used and abused. In contrast, bicycle owners know their bicycle's history because they have taken care of it.

Electric Scooter Injury Lawyers

At McGee, Lerer & Associates, we are committed to helping clients in Santa Monica who have been injured by electric scooters. If you have been injured in an electric scooter accident, consult with our legal team to discuss all of your legal options. We can help you pursue maximum compensation for your accident injuries.

Call (310) 692-9582 to set up your free consultation with our Santa Monica personal injury attorneys.

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