E-Scooters first hit the scene in San Francisco in 2012 and became widely used in many major metropolitan cities by 2017. Since the fall of 2017, 8 people have died in E-Scooter accidents and more than 1500 people have been injured in the United States. This month, British YouTube star and television presenter Emily Hartridge was killed in an accident involving her E-Scooter and a lorry, bringing attention to the issue on a global level.
According to Consumer Reports: "In March a 53-year-old San Diego man riding without a helmet died when he lost control of his scooter and crashed into a tree. A month later, in Tulsa, Okla., a 5-year-old boy riding with his mother died when he fell off a scooter and was hit by a vehicle. And there were at least two deaths in May: a 20-year-old in Atlanta hit while riding his scooter after midnight, and a 26-year-old Nashville man on a scooter hit by an SUV. CR confirmed reports of the crashes through public records and interviews with law enforcement authorities."
Many states are calling for tighter rules and regulations and some states are considering banning the scooters outright. San Francisco originally banned E-scooters after several companies launched their scooters without any government coordination or permission. They are slowly in the process of approving companies and are requiring safety regulations and strict rules regarding the use of the scooters.
Utah's SB 139 seeks to expand E-Scooter use but also clarifies usage. Scott G. Winterton of the Deseret News states: "The bill, SB139, proposes to modify current state code that prohibits motorized scooters from operating on streets with speed limits over 25 mph, as well as roadways that have more than two lanes. The bill also stipulates that operators may not consume alcoholic beverages while riding and those under 15 years old must have an adult supervisor present when they ride."
For the time being, E-Scooters are completely legal in the state of Utah. Insurance companies are trying to create policies regarding coverage for accidents involving E-Scooters. Navigating what this means for you can be complicated. If you or someone you know is involved in an accident involving an E-Scooter, it is definitely worth your time to contact a personal injury attorney. We have experience with insurance companies and can help you to determine what your coverage is. Contact our office for a FREE consultation.