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Electric Scooter Accident Injury Stories

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Ever since Bird and Lime dropped their electric scooters all over Santa Monica, our personal injury law firm has been inundated with calls from people injured in electric scooter accidents. We believe everyone needs to know about the volume of calls we are getting and the seriousness of the injuries. Not only does the public need to know, but so do city council members in Santa Monica and Los Angeles, the scooter companies themselves, Bird and Lime, their investors, and anyone considering investing in these companies or using their products.

If you or a loved was injured in an accident involving an electric scooter, please email us a brief description of how the accident happened and your injuries. We also encourage you to send us injury photos to add further validation to your account. We will contact you to verify the story, but we will not post your name. We are asking our community members to help us grow this database and spread the word of electric scooter dangers.

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Below you can find brief summaries of the accidents people have shared with our law firm. Please be aware that most contain images of injuries suffered while riding an electric scooter. Some people may find the imagery disturbing or upsetting.


Date of accident: 05/17/2018

28-year-old male worked for Bird as a “Bird Charger.” After charging a bird, before placing it in a “Bird Nest,” he got on the scooter to make sure it worked. The brakes did not work and he was launched off the scooter. He suffered a fracture-dislocation of the left ankle, and fractures of the tibia and fibula in his left leg. He underwent surgery involving the insertion of a plate and 8 screws.



Date of accident: February 2018

25-year-old man was riding a Bird scooter in Westwood. The handlebar stem collapsed as he was going downhill. He did a face plant and broke a tooth, incurring dental bills of $9,300.



Date of accident: 05/16/18

33-year-old man was riding a Bird on Sepulveda Blvd. in Los Angeles. He was approaching a crack in the roadway, and a dip, so he applied the brake. The rear tire locked up. He lost control and flew off the scooter. He suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder.


Date of accident: 05/18/2018

56-year-old woman who was working for Bird as a “Bird Mechanic.” She picked up a damaged Bird to repair it, but Bird did not share with her what was wrong with the damaged Bird. In Santa Monica, she got on the scooter to test it out to try to figure out what was wrong with it. She started to ride the scooter and the brakes failed. She was approaching an intersection. Fearing that she would be hit by a car at the intersection, she tried to step off and her body slammed onto the roadway. She suffered a closed head injury, a scalp laceration requiring staples, a fractured clavicle, and a cervical strain.



Date of accident: 05/28/2018

Woman riding a bird swerved to avoid a pothole on the roadway. She lost control of the scooter and was thrown off. She suffered loss of consciousness and a torn ACL.


Date of accident: 06/09/18

30-year-old woman was riding a Bird in a bike lane, on Main St. in Santa Monica. A Bird rider ahead of her wiped out. She braked and put her foot down to try to stop so she could go and render aid to the other rider. She slammed to the ground. She suffered a torn ACL and a torn meniscus in her knee, requiring surgery.



Date of accident: 06/14/2018

72-year-old woman was exiting a Starbucks on the corner of Olympic Dr. and Main St., across the street from the Santa Monica Courthouse. She tried to step around a Bird scooter parked right outside the Starbucks entrance. She didn’t see that there were two more scooters behind the first one, until she tripped over the second two scooters. She suffered an injury to her hand, pelvis, and both knees.


Date of accident: 06/18/2018

24-year-old man riding Bird scooter on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Los Angeles. He was riding in the far right lane, close to the curb. A car pulled out from a side street on his right, running a stop sign. The scooter rider slammed into the car’s front quarter panel. He suffered injury to both arms, both ankles, cuts on feet and bruised hip



Date of accident: 06/30/2018

57-year-old female pedestrian was leaving the fireworks show at Santa Monica College. She was walking down 17th St., in a crowd of people. She tripped over a Bird scooter that was lying down on the ground, partially across the sidewalk. She suffered a fractured metatarsal (long bone in the mid foot).



Date of accident: 07/03/2018

7-year-old boy was on a bicycle on Ocean Front Walk in Santa Monica. Four electric scooter riders were riding abreast. One of them, riding a Lime electric scooter, crossed into the oncoming lane and smashed into the child on the bike. The boy suffered 8 broken and loose teeth, and required stiches in his lip



Date of accident: 07/05/2018

43-year-old woman riding a Bird scooter on the roadway on San Vicente Blvd in Los Angeles. As she approached the intersection of San Vicente Blvd. and La Brea Ave., her light was red, so she braked. The brakes failed. She flew off. She landed on the roadway, with the scooter on top of her.

She suffered a fractured wrist, injury to her neck and shoulder, and road rash on her leg.

The emergency room doctor and the pharmacist she went to later in the day both told her that they have had many patients reporting injuries from scooter brake failure.


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