Family of Woman Severely Injured in South Florida E-Scooter Accident Files Lawsuit Against E-Scooter Company
MIAMI, FLORIDA – According to a television news segment available at nbcmiami.com, the family of a South Florida woman has filed a lawsuit against an e-scooter company after the woman sustained severe and permanent injuries in an e-scooter accident.*
A South Florida woman sustained severe and permanent injuries when she was involved in an e-scooter accident. According to the news report, the woman rode her e-scooter through an intersection when she was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Her injuries were so severe that she has been in a hospital for more than 7 months and has incurred more than 1 million in medical expenses.
The woman will likely be transferred to Hospice, where she will spend the rest of her life. Her family’s attorney states that the woman was riding on the street as instructed by the e-scooter company rather than the sidewalk. However, the woman was not allowed to be riding in the street. As such, the e-scooter company, according to the attorney, directed the woman to violate the law by riding in the street.
E-Scooter User Agreements
NBC Miami investigated the user agreement that e-scooter riders must agree to before riding a company’s e-scooter. The user agreement must be accessed through a mobile app, and if printed out, the user agreement totals 50 pages. If a rider attempts to read the entire user agreement, it could take 100 or more swipes on a mobile device to read everything. Two key provisions of most e-scooter user agreements are the following:
·E-scooter riders agree to take full responsibility for any costs associated with an accident, such as property damage and medical expenses; and
·Any dispute a rider has with the e-scooter company must be resolved by arbitration rather than in a court of law before a judge or jury.
E-scooter riders do not know what rights they are giving up by signing the e-agreement on an e-scooter mobile app. As such, if e-scooter riders sustain injuries in an accident, they may not realize that as the agreement is written, they are responsible for the medical expenses and property damage resulting from an accident.
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