LOS ANGELES – Tipped teeth, cut lips, broken legs and bruises are some of the injuries that have occurred to…
LOS ANGELES – Tipped teeth, cut lips, broken legs and bruises are some of the injuries that have occurred to pedestrians who suffered scooters and scooters themselves. Los Angeles Superior Court, aimed at Lime and Bird, the two most productive providers of short-term short-haul rentals that have begun appearing on city streets across California. It also lists Segway and Xiaomi, the two manufacturers of Lime and Bird scooters.
Represents eight plaintiffs seeking unspecified injuries, the Lime and Bird costume is allegedly deployed scooters intended for personal leisure use that can not handle the rigor of daily commercial fleet use. Neither did companies provide sufficient safety instructions or helmets to riders, says Catherine Lerer, a lawyer with Santa Monica-based company McGee Lerer & Associates, one of two lawyers representing the plaintiffs.
Before sending the suit, she said that her company was receiving one or two calls each day for damage caused by incorrect scooters or from ruthless scooters crashing into them.
“These scooters are insecure,” said Lerer. “Riders and pedestrians are hurt at an alarming rate.”
A bird spokesman for Bird did not deny allegations but said the security issues were wrong. Personal injury attorneys “should focus on reducing the 40,000 deaths caused by cars every year in the United States,” along with pollution cars caused the company in a statement. Lime did not immediately leave a request for comments.
“At Bird, safety is our top priority,” says the statement, “and it drives our mission to get cars on the road to make cities safer and more lively. “
While their goals are legitimate, Lerer said that it does not neglect corporate responsibility to provide equipment that is capable of daily commercial use. Riders are injured because the gas seizes, brakes fail and the pillars collapse, among other things, she says.
“There are all sorts of mechanical problems because we think these scooters are not adequately maintained,” says Lerer.
Lime on Friday rolled out its next-generation shoots with “bigger wheels, twin wheels and dual brakes”, as the company said leads to “a safer, stronger and evener ride on uneven or incomplete terrain. “
Still, Lærer said that the security improvements did not prevent riders from paving on pavements, parks and elsewhere, cities said they should not go.
It did not help the scooters show up before the city ministry and hospital ER- departments were prepared, she said.
“No, it will not make it for riders to throw the scooters on the sidewalks and create blunt dangers. one was prepared for these, said Lerer. “Nobody knew how to adapt to them.”