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Tips for Staying Safe When Riding Electric Bicycles and Scooters

In cities, it is common for residents to choose alternative transportation options over using a car. Whether for environmentally conscious reasons, cost effectiveness, or to avoid traffic, opting for a bike, bus, train, subway, or rideshare service is a popular choice for many.

Within the past two years, people in cities across the United States have been introduced to another option for car-free travel, in the form of electric scooters and bicycles that can be rented via a smartphone app. These vehicles offer the same benefits as pedaling a traditional bike does, but are faster, require less physical effort on the part of the rider, and can be accessed without actually owning the vehicle.

Riding a rental e-bike or e-scooter can be hazardous. If you use this mode of transportation, it is crucial to be aware of the possibility of danger, and know how to avoid it.

Take it Slow

When you are driving any vehicle, one of the simplest things you can do to stay safe is to drive slow. Electric scooters and bicycles are much quicker than many first-time riders realize, and can be difficult to control. Taking it slow will help you manage the vehicle more efficiently, and give you a chance to react if you encounter any dangers.

Be Observant

Riding on an e-scooter or e-bike presents the risk of colliding with cars, pedestrians, signs, buildings, and other people on scooters and bicycles, as well as the possibility of being injured when driving on an uneven section of the road. You should be acutely aware of everything happening around you to ensure you can respond to hazards quickly.

Don’t Bike or Scoot Under the Influence

An electric bicycle or scooter may seem like a safe way to get home after a night at the bar, but this is certainly not the case. Riding on a bike or scooter while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be just as dangerous as driving a car, and is definitely illegal. You should never operate any vehicle after using alcohol or drugs — opt for a rideshare service or ask a friend for a ride home instead.

The team of attorneys at Goodman Acker P.C. represent people who were injured because of another person’s negligence. E-bike and e-scooter riders can be injured because of a careless driver or pedestrian, or because of inadequate road management. It is also possible that the scooters and bicycles may be improperly maintained, in which case the vehicle manufacturer or distribution company could be liable. We can evaluate the details of your case to find the responsible party, and begin pursuing compensation. Contact us for a free consultation.

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