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Phoenix Electric Scooter Laws
In January 2023, Phoenix launched its Shared Mobility Program with e-scooter companies Lime and Spin. A plan was finalized in 2022 by the Street Transportation Department to make the E-Scooter Pilot Program permanent, with Lime and Spin being the official scooter vendors of Phoenix. The pilot program logged over 330,000 riders and was successful throughout the city.
The Shared Mobility Program established rules for riders to help keep them safe.
These rules are:
- Wearing helmets is not required but is encouraged.
- Riders must obey all traffic laws, including DUI laws.
- Riders must operate micro-mobility vehicles in the roadway. It’s prohibited to ride them on sidewalks.
- Riders must be 18 years old.
- E-scooters and other micro-mobility vehicles are prohibited outside the program’s boundary limits. Riding out of the limits and no-ride zones is not permitted.
- E-bikes have a max speed of 20 miles per hour, and e-scooters have a max speed of 15 miles per hour. These speed limits are to be observed.
Visit the City of Phoenix’s website to learn more about the Shared Mobility Program and what areas it’s operating in.
E-Scooter Safety Tips
Safety Tips for Riding an E-Scooter:
- Yield to pedestrians
- Ride on the street or bike lane
- Obey traffic laws
- Travel in the same direction as the traffic
- Wear a helmet
- Be aware of your surroundings
- One rider per scooter or bike
- Let children ride – must be 18 years or older
- Ride on the sidewalk
- Avoid distractions like texting
- Leave micro-mobility vehicle where it impedes pedestrians
- Operate the micro-mobility vehicle while under the influence of drugs or intoxicated
- Ride in construction zones
Common Causes of Electric Scooter Accidents
Electric scooters can reach up to 20 miles per hour. As such, if the rider isn’t wearing a helmet or safety gear, they can easily become injured in an accident. Even though an e-scooter can reach those speeds, many scooter companies do not require riders to wear safety gear or helmets; they don’t even provide them for scooter riders. Before getting on an electric scooter, riders must sign a waiver showing that they understand the risks involved with riding on the scooter. Since riders have to sign a waiver, it can make recovering compensation from scooter companies difficult.
The most common causes of scooter accidents are:
- Distracted pedestrians
- Riding an electric scooter under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Texting while riding the e-scooter
- Other vehicles not giving scooter riders enough room
The most common reason for electric scooter accidents is riding while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Over 79% of all 103 electric scooter accidents tested positive for alcohol, with half the group over the legal blood alcohol concentration limit, according to a study conducted by the Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open. Many e-scooter companies market scooters as a safe alternative to driving a short distance which can encourage intoxicated riders to hop on.
Types of Scooter Accident Injuries
Since scooter companies do not require riders to wear any type of protective gear, they are susceptible to minor to severe injuries during an e-scooter accident.
- Head injuries: These injuries are very common in scooter accidents since most e-scooters do not come with helmets. Scooter riders are at a higher risk of traumatic brain injuries (TBI), concussions, and other head injuries.
- Sprained or broken bones: Ankles and knees may be strained, sprained, or broken in an e-scooter accident. This can happen when a rider falls and lands awkwardly.
- Lacerations, bruising, and road rash: When a scooter rider falls, they can scrape their skin on the pavement, resulting in one of these injuries.
Many injuries from e-scooter accidents could be prevented if the rider wore a helmet or other protective gear. E-scooter and motorcycle accidents are similar in that both vehicles offer no protection to their rider.
Who is Liable for an Electric Scooter Accident?
Finding the liable party in e-scooter accidents can depend on who or what caused the accident.
- E-scooter company: The rental company could be held liable if the rider suffered from injuries caused by things like loose handlebars or faulty equipment.
- Manufacturer: If the accident was caused by malfunctioning scooter software or parts, the manufacturer could be held liable for damages. The manufacturer could also be held liable if the scooter had a mechanical failure.
- Drivers: Negligent drivers can cause accidents when they are distracted, fatigued, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If injuries from a scooter accident were caused by driver negligence, the driver would be held liable.
- Commercial property owner: If the accident was caused because a property owner failed to remove hazards, debris, and other dangerous items from their premises, they could be held liable.
- City government: If hazardous roadways or sidewalks caused your e-scooter accident, the city government could be held responsible.
If you suffered serious injuries from a scooter accident due to a negligent driver, property owner, or malfunctioning e-scooter, you could be entitled to damages for medical bills, lost wages, and more. It’s important to contact an electric scooter attorney at the Belén Law Firm as soon as possible since determining liability can be especially difficult when larger companies are involved. Contact us right away following your injury so that we can begin to seek compensation for your injuries and take the fight to court if necessary. Call our attorneys today at (602) 715-0908.
Why You Need a Phoenix Personal Injury Attorney for Your Electric Scooter Accident
Electric scooters are still very new, so the traffic laws surrounding them are constantly changing. Traffic rules regarding electric scooters vary from state to state and sometimes city to city, so finding an electric scooter attorney can be extremely beneficial. What’s more, it can be difficult to determine fault in an e-scooter accident. With an experienced Phoenix personal injury attorney like Belén Olmedo Guerra, you can rest assured that your accident will be thoroughly investigated to strengthen your claim and ensure you receive maximum compensation.
Call the Arizona Personal Injury Lawyers at Belén Law Firm for a Free Consultation Today
While scooters provide riders with the ability to drive short distances easily, they can still be dangerous, especially without a helmet or protective gear. If you suffered injuries from an e-scooter accident, the Phoenix personal injury attorneys at Belén Law Firm are ready to represent you. With the uncertainty surrounding e-scooter city ordinances and state laws, determining liability and seeking compensation can be complicated. When you hire the Belén Law Firm, not only will we research the Phoenix laws and ordinances for scooters, but we will provide you with the best legal strategy so that you can focus on recovering. To schedule a free e-scooter accident consultation, call our law firm at (602) 715-0908 or complete our online form today.