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Chicago Scooter Test Pilot Program

Chicago Scooter Test Pilot Program Info

Injury Attorneys for Victims of E-Scooter Accidents in Chicago, Illinois

E-scooters arrived in Chicago on June 15, 2019 and are available for the next four months as part of the city's "pilot program." The scooters are being tested before the city commits to having the scooters permanently available as an alternative means of transportation. The testing stage is required to observe the level of danger that the scooters may pose to those on Chicago's streets. Other cities with the transportation devices have experienced an influx of injuries and hospital visits for injuries related to e-scooters. The most common injuries found in a study performed by the Austin Public Health Department include bone fractures, nerve, tendon, and ligament injuries, severe bleeding, and organ damage.

Chicago Scooter Test Program Details

The test program placed 2,500 scooters on the streets of Chicago for riders to use. Although Bird is the original company that made e-scooters a form of public transport, 10 different scooter companies are being utilized in Chicago.

The pilot program utilizes a geofencing mechanism to contain the scooters in certain Chicago areas. The program has avoided placing the devices in the busiest areas of Chicago to see how the scooters work in the less populated areas before adding them in the Loop or on the Magnificent Mile. The scooters have been placed on Chicago's west-side, allowing people to ride them anywhere within the 50-square-mile zone.

The scooters are considered "dockless" since they can be picked up on any street and left on another when the rider is done. In other words, the scooters litter the streets of Chicago with no official parking system, aside from the geofencing, to reign them in. The City of Chicago states that the devices will be removed from the streets at 10 pm and will be returned at 5 am the next day. It also says that the scooters should be used and parked like bikes. Chicago is requiring riders to send a photo of the scooter properly "parked" on a bike rack, at a retired parking meter, or near a street sign, but the ability to verify this parking is almost impossible. Improperly parked scooters and a lack of adequate parking standards become a hazard to pedestrians and other riders, placing them at risk of an injury while walking or riding down the street.

The city sees the scooters as a possible transportation alternative. It may reduce the number of individuals driving to work, thus clearing the streets and improving traffic conditions for drivers. The scooters may also help reduce the amount of pollution being emitted from cars and other means of transportation. 

The dockless e-scooters rely on smartphones and available credit/debit cards. Consumers simply download the scooter company's smartphone application, upload a form of card payment to the app, and start riding any scooter found on the street. Similar to taxi cabs, the scooters charge per riding-minute, meaning the longer you ride the scooter, the more you pay. What is not being acknowledged is the additional sidewalk space being taken by the scooters and riders. Pedestrians and vehicle drivers on already crowded rush hour sidewalks and streets are put at risk by riders.

Scooter Injury Attorney Serving Chicago, Illinois

At Livas Law Group, A Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, our team recognizes the danger e-scooters pose to Chicagoans and understand the damage that such injuries can have on an individual's life and future. We will fight aggressively for those who suffer from scooter injuries, whether they are the rider or just a passerby. Our goal is to obtain full and fair compensation for all of your injuries, including medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and disfigurement. If you have been injured in an accident involving scooters in Chicago, contact our experienced team at 312-804-6102 for a free consultation.

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