It’s hard to miss the colorful bikes and scooters that have been popping up throughout Dallas. It would appear to be a great concept: accessible, affordable, ‘greener’ urban transportation. But what happens when things take a turn for the worse? No one plans on having an accident, but they inevitably do happen. Who is liable in a scooter accident – the corporation or the consumer?
Several weeks after the e-scooters made their debut in Dallas, Uptown resident Kelley Mitchum underestimated the speed at which she was traveling, and ended up in a severe crash. Upon turning a corner too quickly, she was launched headfirst into McKinney Avenue’s trolley tracks. The $1.38 rental ride resulted in a hefty emergency room bill, after treating her two black eyes, scraped arms and knees, and a laceration in her forehead which required stitches.
Cases like Mitchum’s are bound to become more frequent in Dallas’ busy urban landscape, as was the case of a local Dallas musician in early August.