If you’ve been downtown in the past month or two, you have probably noticed that the sidewalks are a little busier. Almost overnight, electric vehicle sharing companies, Bird and Lime, dropped off thousands of scooters in Columbus. Users can download an app on their phones and pay small fees to take the scooters for a ride. While the scooters have added a cheap and efficient alternate means of transportation, they have presented a number of legal issues for city lawmakers, as well as added injury and risk to the daily commute.
Our firm has been following the news releases on laws regulating the scooters, and we wanted to provide a legal update on the current status of the law in Columbus for our clients, as well as remind you of our personal injury practice. While the law is currently fluid and may change quickly, here is what you need to know:
Lardiere McNair, LLC has a robust personal injury practice. While we handle cases from car accidents to dog bites, we also recognize that the influx of scooters in Central Ohio will indubitably lead to unfortunate injuries. If you have been injured in an accident involving a scooter, please give us a call for a free consultation.
Our firm also recommends safe use of any electric vehicle. Please make sure you pay attention to the agreement you are making by using the scooter, and the risk that you are assuming. Please note that other municipalities use a different set of laws. The above is only applicable to Columbus.
Chad Stonebrook is a Partner at Lardiere McNair, LLC. To read more about our firm, please visit www.lmcounsel.com.
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