Across the Buckeye State, injuries involving electric scooters are increasing.
In Cleveland, 21-year-old Jenasia Summers died after a heroin-inebriated driver named Scott McHugh hit her from behind. McHugh will spend eight years in prison for his crime, and has had his driver’s license suspended for the rest of his life.
In Columbus, the Division of Fire has reported at least 47 crashes involving e-scooters in the first eight months of 2019.
What gets particularly complicated with these scooter accidents is the law.
If you are injured while riding a scooter, your health insurance may cover your injuries. Your car insurance, your homeowner’s insurance, and your renter’s insurance will likely not cover anything. And, if you have rented an e-scooter from a scooter company, you signed a waiver that absolved the scooter company of almost any responsibility. When you signed the user agreement, you took on almost all responsibility yourself.
If you are ever in an accident while riding an electric scooter, treat it like any other accident. Take pictures of your injuries, take pictures of the scooter, and take pictures of the scene of the accident. Call the police to report the accident. Call the scooter company. And call your insurance company to find out if they will be adding e-scooters to the coverage that their policies provide.
A January 2019 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) looked at 249 scooter-related injuries in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times. It showed that most scooter-related injuries were suffered by riders, not pedestrians. Approximately 40% of these patients had head injuries.