Navigating the streets of downtown Indianapolis has been made easier with the implementation of electric scooters, which offer convenient transportation options for residents and visitors alike. But the rise in electric scooter usage has also raised questions about liability in the event of accidents or injuries.

In Indianapolis, Lime is the primary e-scooter rental company that has deployed its products on downtown streets. Its competitor, Bird, recently filed for bankruptcy.

Electric scooters are categorized as motor vehicles, which means they are not permitted on sidewalks or pedestrian lanes unless they are being propelled by human power alone. This regulation aims to enhance safety for both scooter riders and pedestrians by reducing the risk of collisions. However, despite these rules, accidents involving electric scooter rentals are becoming more common, leading to serious injuries including road rash, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and even death.

Indiana operates under a contributory negligence system, which means that in cases of accidents involving electric scooters and other vehicles, fault is distributed among the parties involved. If you are found to be less than 51% at fault for the accident, compensation for damages may still be awarded, but will likely be reduced by the percentage of fault attributed to you.

When it comes to electric scooter accidents caused by defects by the scooter itself, Lime may be held liable under Indiana’s product liability laws. These laws dictate that companies are accountable for any flaws in the manufacturing or design of their products, including electric scooters.

As electric scooters continue to grow in popularity as a mode of urban transportation, it is essential for riders to prioritize safety and awareness of local regulations. By adhering to traffic laws and exercising caution while riding, individuals can help minimize the risk of accidents and ensure a safer environment for all road users.

The legal intricacies surrounding electric scooter accidents can be complex, particularly when determining liability and seeking compensation for injuries or damages. This includes overcoming the assumption of risk and release of liability clause embedded into Lime’s User Agreement that all riders must agree to. Obtaining legal assistance from an experienced personal injury lawyer familiar with local regulations and personal injury law can be invaluable in understanding one’s rights and pursuing appropriate legal remedies.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an electric scooter accident in Indiana, contact Hurst Limontes to discuss your legal options. We have over 116 years of combined experience fighting for our clients in any number of personal injury claims. We work on a contingency basis, meaning there is no cost to you unless we reach a settlement or jury verdict award on your behalf.

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