With the significant increase in the use of “micromobility” devices, i.e. bicycles, e-bikes, e-scooters, electric skateboards, and hoverboards, over the past several years, the number of injuries related to their use has also significantly risen. The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2023 report revealed emergency room visits related to the use of micromobility devices increased 21% in 2022 from the year prior and were nearly three times the number of such injuries reported in 2017.
While the users of these devices are often the victims of injuries caused by larger vehicles, the risk of injury also extends to pedestrians. For example, an actress in New York City died after being hit by a motor scooter while crossing the street. In addition, inexperienced or intoxicated person operating these devices in urban areas can also cause injury to those in their path.
Injuries and death resulting from the use of micromobility devices is an emerging area of law that has resulted in complex legal and liability considerations. Currently, the governing laws pertaining to these devices vary by state. If you or a loved one has experienced injury or harm involving a micromobility device, it is important to consult with a knowledgeable attorney to fully explore your legal options.