Electric scooters, also called e-scooters have become popular on college campuses and in cities around the United States. For a small initial fee and then a per-minute or per-hour charge, people can rent e-scooters from companies like Bird, Lime, and even Uber and Lyft. Unfortunately, the rise in the popularity of these vehicles has also led to a rise in accidents.
Doctors in emergency departments are reporting a rise in scooter-related injuries to both the riders themselves and unlucky pedestrians in a scooter’s path. Although the terms of service in the rental contract recommend wearing a helmet, the helmets are not provided to the rider. This has led to numerous lawsuits against the rental companies as well as the operators of the scooters.
Walt Disney World Info reports that a college athlete is suing Walt Disney World for injuries that caused him to miss a season of college basketball.
According to the lawsuit, David Maynard was visiting Walt Disney World in May 2018 when he was hit by an ECV from behind. The accident nearly severed his left Achilles tendon.
Maynard required surgery and physical rehabilitation which caused him to miss the 2018-2019 basketball season.
Maynard attends Colgate University in New York.
The lawsuit is seeking at least $30,000 in damages, claiming that Maynard suffered from great physical pain and mental anguish.
The lawsuit further claims that guests are allowed to operate the Disney-owned scooters too close to pedestrians and are not properly trained in their use.
Disney commented that they will respond to the lawsuit in court.