Electric scooters have become a popular alternative to other methods of transportation, but with their rise in popularity also comes a rise in injuries.
On or about Dec. 13, 2021, a Pennsylvania woman sustained serious personal injuries and damages when the handlebars of the electric scooter she was operating suddenly collapsed. This caused her to lose her balance, fall, and suffer injuries, including a trimalleolar fracture to her right ankle requiring surgical repair with metal plates and numerous screws.
Specifically, the plaintiff believed the scooter she was operating to be an Iwheels brand D8 Pro model which she purchased from a user named fast-trust on the eBay Inc. online sales platform. Despite the risks and dangers associated with e-scooters that were available to it, eBay Inc. took no action to further the safety of its consumers from dangerous and defective e-scooters. Due to the defendant’s involvement in the sale of the scooter, she seeks civil damages for personal injuries and damages resulting from the sale of the dangerous and defective scooter.
Scooter injuries are becoming increasingly common. According to the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were more than 190,000 emergency room visits due to micro-mobility products from 2017 through 2020, with visits increasing 70 percent during that time period. This includes e-scooters, e-bikes, and hoverboards. Most of the increase between 2017 and later is attributable to e-scooters which have grown in popularity as companies like Bird and Lime introduced rentable e-scooters into cities across the country.
Loose or detaching handlebars, batteries bursting into flames, flat tires and baseboards breaking in half are all commonly reported defects in recent years. Although we are not investigating flat tires and baseboards, we are investigating potential cases concerning exploding batteries and handlebars that have failed. Potential clients must have suffered a serious injury, such as a brain injury, significant burns, or broken bones requiring medical intervention.
When a consumer or patient receives a defective product that causes injury or worse, he or she has the right to file a personal injury lawsuit. They may sue the manufacturer or seller of the defective item for putting profits above public safety by designing defective products or failing to warn users of their risks. Contact the experienced product liability experts at KBA Attorneys to find out if you are eligible to file a claim.
Figuring out whether someone is responsible for compensation after a traumatizing accident can be overwhelming. Seeking the help of professionals is extremely beneficial. Personal injury attorneys such as those at KBA Attorneys have decades of experience navigating the many intricacies of personal injury claims and how they affect every aspect of your life. To learn more about our team and see how we can guide you through the bankruptcy process, contact our office by clicking here.
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