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As you may have noticed, electric scooters have become a popular mode of travel in Georgia. With the ability to travel up to 15mph, E-scooters are a terrific way to travel longer distances than can be achieved on foot.

In Georgia, there is no legal age limit for riding an E-scooter. However, children under the age of 16 must wear a safety helmet. And while it isn’t a legal obligation, wearing knee and elbow pads is also recommended for safety.

Riders can travel on roads with a speed limit of less than 35mph and bike paths and bike lanes. When using an E-scooter in traffic, riders must obey all the same laws as motorists. Due to the increased risk of injury in the event of an accident, it is important for all road users to exercise increased care around E-scooters.

Lack of Protection

While E-scooters offer a convenient way to travel for children and adults, several risks are associated with this form of transport. One of the fundamental issues is the lack of protection afforded to riders.

If an E-scooter gets into a collision with a larger vehicle, the rider can suffer serious injuries. Even the smallest car is far heavier and faster than these lightweight scooters. Riders should wear high-visibility clothing and safety gear to provide protection when using public roads.

Parked E-Scooter Hazards

There are rules surrounding how and where riders can part E-scooters. For example, when the scooter is not in use and parked up in public, it must be left upright. In addition, riders cannot park on vegetation, on a public path, over a grate, or in a way that impedes emergency service personnel vehicles.

There is a potential trip and fall risk to members of the public if E-scooters are parked incorrectly. These scooters are typically small in frame and often light-colored. The owner of any E-scooter that causes an accident could be liable for medical costs and property damage.

Riding on Sidewalks

It is illegal to ride E-scooters on sidewalks or crosswalks. However, the rider can dismount and walk the scooter in these areas. It is the rider’s responsibility to reasonably avoid colliding with pedestrians and pets in these instances. When a rider is dismounted from an E-scooter, they are not automatically at fault for any accident that may occur.

If you have been injured while riding an E-scooter or due to a collision with an E-scooter, reach out to Burnside Law Firm for a consultation today.

Posted on behalf of Burnside Law Firm LLP

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