How to Stay Safe When Using an Electric Bike or Scooter

Within the past few years, businesses have tweaked the model pioneered by Uber and Lyft to offer a new type of transportation: Electric bicycles and scooters that are available, on demand, via a smart phone app. People across the country can now opt for these small vehicles instead of driving or relying on public transportation or rideshare services. This relatively-new phenomenon is a fun, inexpensive, and convenient way to get from Point A to Point B.

While electric scooters and bikes do have a lot of positive attributes, there is one negative: They can be dangerous. Riders can fall off of the vehicles, run into things, or be hit by a car if they aren’t careful. If you are one of the many people who uses these services or are interested in giving it a try, there are some easy things you can do to stay safe.

Go for a Test Drive

First-time scooter or bike riders may need a trial run to get used to the controls. If you are able to do so, you should try out the vehicles in a safe, open area before venturing out onto the roads or sidewalks. You may be surprised by how fast the electric bicycles and scooters actually move — a pre-trip test will help you operate the vehicles more adequately.

You can also try walking the path that you plan on navigating on a bike or scooter ahead of time to familiarize yourself with the route and identify any elements that could present a safety hazard.

Use Designated Paths

Many bike and scooter accidents occur because riders are using the vehicles where they shouldn’t be. Depending on the laws in your city, you may be prohibited from driving on sidewalks or roads where cars travel. These rules are in place for safety reasons, and should be followed. Using a designated bike path or road also decreases your chances of injuries caused by riding over uneven pavement.

Be Aware of Drivers and Pedestrians

Another way you can avoid bike and scooter accidents is by being alert. Just like when you are driving in a car, it is extremely important to be observant of the other vehicles around you. On an electric scooter or bike, you won’t have the benefits of using mirrors or turn signals, so make sure you are consistently checking your peripherals and using hand signals when needed. On sidewalks and crosswalks, watch out for pedestrians, signs, and other hazards.

Victims of bicycle accidents commonly suffer from severe injuries. Be safe on the roads, and if you are injured in a collision, contact Ortega, McGlashan, Hicks & Perez, PLLC.

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