DEEP ELLUM— A simple Bird scooter ride almost cost one man without a leg. Arlington resident Alexander Forney, 21, was riding a Bird scooter in Deep Ellum this past August when he “tapped the brake a little too hard” which sent him sailing over the handlebars into the pavement.
A ride that should have only cost about one dollar turned into an almost 1 million dollar medical journey. Alexander’s face was covered in road rash, his tooth cracked, his tibia was broken in three places, and his knee was shattered into about 1,000 fragments. He describes it as “one of the most painful experiences of my whole life.” The damage was so extensive that doctors almost had to amputate his leg. Nine hours of surgery later, Alexander now lives with over a dozen metal rods in his left leg, arthritis, and nerve damage. To make light of an otherwise very dark situation, he got a tattoo of a broken scooter on his leg.
Alexander was the only person involved in the incident, so there is no opposing party to pay for his damages. Luckily, his insurance covered most of the medical expenses, leaving him to pay $10,000 out of pocket. Bird & Lime scooters require users to sign their arbitration agreements (digitally, through the app) before riding. This agreement ensures the companies’ limited liability, so no, you cannot sue them for crashing the scooter yourself.