AUSTIN (KXAN) — Injuries from rental electronic scooters could lead to lawsuits. KXAN has learned Austin Attorney Adam Lowey is representing three people who say they have been seriously hurt while on or by electric scooters.
The potential lawsuits would not be the first against the popular e-scooters. John Montgomery from Los Angeles is suing Bird Rental E-Scooters. He says a mechanical failure with the scooter threw him in the air while going full speed at 15 miles an hour. Montgomery said he landed on the sidewalk on his face and wrists, leaving him with a broken jaw, fractured wrist and permanent damage to his hearing.
“I thought for sure I was going to die. It was very traumatic. It was terrifying and I’ve never been in so much pain in my life,” says Montgomery.
In an email responding to Montgomery’s lawsuit, a Bird spokesperson said the company prioritizes safety and investigates all reports of vehicle malfunction and accidents, working with mechanics to maintain its scooters.
Just like in Austin, doctors at the emergency department at Cedars-Sinai Medical center in Los Angeles where John was treated say they are seeing a rise in electronic scooter-related head and face injuries.