The country's electric scooter companies are facing a major setback as concerns over the safety of these devices are raised – this time in the form of a class action lawsuit in California on Friday.
The lawsuit, filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, accused two of the largest e-scooter companies, Lime and Bird, as well as other e-scooter companies, "gross negligence" and "aiding and abetting"
The The lawsuit, filed on behalf of eight first-time prosecutors, says companies' practices have contributed to injuries in several ways. By "unloading" scooters on public roads without warning, the lawsuit alleges that e-scooter companies have acted negligently and should have known that their devices could become a dangerous "public nuisance".
Three claimants claim they walked. Scooter riders crashed into them from behind, resulting in serious injuries. The lawsuit alleges that e-scooter companies knew that their drivers injured pedestrians and – by not being able to prevent the collisions – supported and encouraged scooter riders in their "attacks".
Scooters contain faulty electronics and mechanical parts, as well as inadequate safety instructions for the drivers and that they have "a wanton disregard for the safety of others". According to the suit, the risks posed by the devices are "known and / or recognizable" via "professional knowledge", which is well-known in the transport community.
The suit makes numerous claims about mechanical problems of scooters, but provides no concrete evidence for these claims.
The suit also names scooter manufacturers Xiaomi United States and Segway as defendants.
"While operating under the guise of laudable goals of promoting personal freedom and mobility and protecting the environment, Def is an endpoint and each of them endangers the health, safety and well-being of riders, pedestrians and the public ", so the suit.
The suit adds that "hundreds (if not hundreds) of riders and pedestrians and members of the public have suffered, continues to suffer and will continue to suffer tremendous and preventable injuries and damage to their person and property."  [ The use of scooters is increasing in the big cities. Such are trips to the ER.]
Speakers for Segway and Xiaomi United States did not respond to a request for comment.
A lime spokesman said the company is in the process of reviewing the complaint.
While we do not comment on pending litigation, safety has always been at the heart of everything we do at Lime – as well as our mission to remove cars from the city streets and make them safer for pedestrians, cyclists and scooter riders and greener, said the spokesman, adding that the company is proud to take pro-active security steps wherever we are.
In a statement released by Bird, the company pointed out that the lawsuit was "against the entire e-scooter industry" and said that common e-scooters have become an important means of transport for hundreds of thousands of people in 100 cities worldwide . "
" We believe that the climate crisis and our car dependence require transport mode shift, and clean energy vehicles like e-scooters are already replacing millions of short car journeys, "the statement said." There is no evidence that driving an e-scooter is more of a danger to the rider than cycling. Cars are still the biggest threat to commuters, killing more than 40,000 people each year in the US. "
Since their sudden arrival in recent months, emergency e-scooters in hospitals across the country have been linked to a rise in serious injuries – general practitioners – as the value and popularity of companies such as Bird and Lime have increased sharply More and more critics – including doctors, former drivers and scooter mechanics – are suspicious that e-scooter fleets are poorly maintained and prone to dangerous mechanical failures.  Two e-scooter drivers – one in Dallas and one in the district – were involved in accidents
The class-action suit puts a new category of people on the list who are fiercely opposed to the latest form of controversial transportation sweeping the country: pedestrians.
Under The plaintiffs are David Petersen, a 62-year-old street artist known as "Davy Rocks," who claims he was seriously injured after being injured in Jun i met by an e-scooter driver.
Petersen, who danced for his audiences near the Santa Monica pier in California, wore his "Gladiator Outfit" trademark opposite the Washington Post, that he was hit by a ma from behind on a bird scooter; the man fled from the scene. Petersen said that the force of the collision had knocked him down, but he managed to lessen the impact by catching his right hand. If he had been an elderly person or a small child, he could have been killed.
Petersen said he suffered a broken arm and a severed biceps, an injury that made him forget weeks of work. The muscle had to be surgically re-attached with a cadaver graft, he said.
"My arm will never be the same, not to mention the five-inch scar it has now," he said, noting that his arm had lost the rotation and felt stiff. "If Bird benefits from the human meat grinder they created in Santa Monica, they should be held responsible for the suffering they caused."
In addition, the complaint accuses Bird and Lime of multiple injuries The company's warranty, claiming that their vehicles were "not suitable" for repeated use in public places.
Allegedly that the use of e-scooters is unlawful, any company should be prohibited from continuing to use scooters in California. In addition to claiming damages, the lawsuit requires that scooter companies should be asked to attach "appropriate warnings and / or instructions" to their apps and vehicles.
Catherine Lerer – a lawyer for personal injury from Santa Monica, who represents plaintiffs lawyer Jeffrey Lee Costell – said she has received more than 100 phone calls from people who have been injured by scooters in recent months. Whether they concern drivers or pedestrians, she said the injuries are consistent: broken noses, legs, arms, wrists, hands and ribs, as well as head injuries and tears on anterior cruciate ligaments and rotator cuffs that require surgery.
We filed this class action lawsuit against Bird and Lime and their electric scooter manufacturers to deal with the terrible injuries they inflicted on their drivers and pedestrians and the continuing damage they cause, "Lerer said.