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Chicago scooter injury attorneysElectric scooters can be fun, convenient means of transportation. However, these so-called “e-scooters” are not without their risks. Riders and non-riders alike have suffered injuries in incidents involving e-scooters all over the country. Chicago’s citywide shared scooter pilot programs in 2019 and 2020 were met with mixed reactions. Some loved the option of riding a scooter through the streets while others found the scooters to be annoying or even dangerous.

Alderman Cite Complaints and Safety Concerns

Elected officials vary in their opinions on scooters. Some officials say that scooters increase the number of complaints they receive. Others worry that rules regarding safe scooter use are not being followed by Chicago riders. Scooters are not supposed to be ridden on the sidewalk; however, this rule is not always enforced. One Alderman suggested using geofencing and other measures to prevent scooters from being ridden in certain areas. The scooter companies that participated in Chicago’s latest pilot program, Lime, Bird, and Spin, stated that they are improving scooter technology to reduce sidewalk riding.

Pedestrian Injuries From Negligent Scooter Riders

When scooter riders ride on the sidewalk, speed, ignore stop signals, or otherwise operate the vehicle in an unsafe way, they put themselves and others in danger. Pedestrians who are struck by scooter riders may suffer broken bones, soft tissue injuries, and even spine or brain injuries. Pedestrians may also be injured in trip and fall accidents caused by discarded scooters in walkways.

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Chicago personal injury attorneyAlthough walking and cycling are two of the healthiest activities a person can engage in, they can also be the most dangerous. There are more than 6,000 pedestrians and almost 1,000 cyclists killed each year in the United States. Even more alarming is that these numbers keep going up each year, as the fatality rate for occupants in vehicle crashes goes down.

As the popularity of electric scooters continues to grow, it is critical to realize that e-scooter users are also at risk of being injured or killed if they are hit by a vehicle driver.

Victims who survive these accidents are often left with serious to catastrophic injuries due to the lack of protection around them when the vehicle slams into them. In one major study conducted by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), it was estimated that vehicle accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists account for $19 billion in economic cost and $90 billion in the societal impact cost in just one year.   

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Chicago personal injury attorneysAs ice, snow, and slush starts to become more common throughout the city of Chicago, pedestrians are at a higher risk of suffering a personal injury. While there are steps that individuals traveling by foot can take to reduce the chances of being injured, it is impossible to control the negligent actions of others. For instance, a sliding vehicle can create a dangerous situation for everyone in the general area. At Livas Law Group, A Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, we are knowledgeable on the topic of pedestrian accidents and we are here to help. If you or a loved one has suffered because of the reckless actions taken by a motorist, financial compensation may be awarded.   

What Can Cause a Winter Car Accident?

In a city that accommodates millions of individuals on a daily basis, the roads and sidewalks of Chicago are often filled with people trying to get from one location to another. First and foremost, it is important for motorists and sidewalk users to understand the rules of the road. According to Chicago Ordinance 9-24-030, a pedestrian will have the right-of-way at a crosswalk or intersection that is clearly marked and has stop signs in place. Similar to a motorist, however, a pedestrian will also have to follow traffic-control signals at an intersection or crosswalk. With the prevalence of snow, ice, and black ice, the possibility of a car making contact with a pedestrian that is crossing the street can dramatically increase. Most commonly, a collision would take place due to:

  • Decreased vision of the motorist
  • Slippery road conditions, increasing the amount of time it takes to stop
  • Poor vehicle conditions, such as inadequate tire traction, broken windshield wipers, or non-functioning headlights

If the individual on foot was injured in an area that he or she was legally allowed to be, fault could be placed solely on the motorist.

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