Electric scooters, referred to as e-scooters, are the latest trend in ride-sharing transportation. People use e-scooters for their professional or personal use. Recently, electric scooter sharing has been increasingly popular.
Several electric scooter ride-sharing companies exist. However, some scooter ride-share companies are not available in certain cities. The Chicago metropolitan area is also experiencing an uptick in scooters.
What is Bolt Mobility?
Bolt Mobility is a dockless electric scooter sharing company co-founded by Usain Bolt. Renting a Bolt scooter requires downloading the Bolt Scooters app, which locates scooters near you. To use the scooter, you have to scan the QR code found on the scooter into the app. This unlocks the scooter and readies it for use. Bolt Mobility separates its scooters from the competition by having a bag and mobile phone storage.
Scooter safety concerns
Electric scooters are a great way to get around. Scooter size allows riders to maneuver around traffic congestion and get to their destination quickly. However, the use of scooters among pedestrians or vehicles raises safety concerns.
Bolt Mobility encourages its riders to be safe while using their e-scooters. Bolt instructs customers to follow safety precautions such as:
- Ridding in bike lanes
- Watching out for pedestrians
- Returning e-scooters near a bike rack and not leaving them on sidewalks
While Illinois does not have laws requiring electric scooter riders to wear a helmet, it is advisable to wear one. E-scooters do not have crash protection. Since e-scooters may ride in the bicycle lanes, they run the risk of getting hit by passing vehicles.
Laws regulating Bolt scooters
Technology advances faster than the law can keep up with. Illinois does not have laws that specifically regulate the use of ride-share electric scooters. However, the state has a proposed bill that would put in-place regulations regarding e-scooters. Some of the rules introduced in the bill are:
- Identification requirements
- Minimum age limit
- Scooter can be used only where bikes are allowed
- Safety precautions like lights and reflectors
General driving laws may still apply to riding a Bolt scooter on a road or highway. With an increasing number of people choosing to use e-scooters, issues such as injuries to pedestrians, bad parking and crash injuries are on the rise.
The Bolt scooters reach a top speed of approximately 15 miles per hour. While that speed may not sound dangerous, a crash with a pedestrian is likely to cause serious injuries. Because Bolt scooters are dockless, they do not have a set place of return. This has resulted in individuals illegally parking them in places that block loading zones, interfere with passengers getting off and on city buses, and obstruct walkways for pedestrians.
If you are hurt by an illegally parked e-scooter or injured due to the reckless driving of an e-scooter, you may need to file a lawsuit to get the compensation you deserve. Lawsuits are time-consuming and can be very complex, so it best to have an experienced and knowledgeable attorney representing your rights. Contact the e-scooter attorneys at Briskman Briskman & Greenberg today to discuss your case.