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Staying safe on e-scooters in New York City

E-scooters and public e-bikes are now common in New York City, offering convenience and speed for riders. However, their popularity has contributed to an increase in accidents, causing injuries and even fatalities, according to reporting by WABC.

As a resident, you can contribute to a safer environment by riding responsibly and being aware of your surroundings.

Risks of e-scooters

Authorities have reported a significant increase in e-scooter-related incidents that correspond to their rise in popularity. E-scooters can be dangerous for several reasons. They often ride on busy streets or sidewalks, resulting in collisions with cars and pedestrians. Many riders underestimate the speed and agility of e-scooters, leading to loss of control and crashes. As of 2022, e-bike and e-scooter accidents are more prevalent than those involving traditional bicycles.

Helmets and protective gear

Helmets can significantly reduce the risk of head injuries, which may be severe or even fatal. They provide a protective barrier between your head and the pavement or other vehicles. In addition to a helmet, you should wear protective clothing such as gloves and elbow pads, which can reduce the risk of severe injuries.

Public bikes and scooters

When using public e-bikes and e-scooters, like those provided by CitiBike, always inspect the vehicle before use. Check that the tires are properly filled and that the headlights, tail lights and blinkers are functioning, especially if you plan to ride at night. The brakes must also work effectively.

If you notice anything suspicious or the vehicle seems in poor condition, do not use it and find a different one. Additionally, familiarize yourself with the road rules for e-bikes and scooters. It is necessary for your safety and the safety of others to know where and how you can ride.

Understanding the rules

E-scooters and e-bikes are not mopeds. You can typically ride them in bike lanes and on streets with a speed of less than 30 mph. However, you should not assume everyone is aware of your presence, even when you are in the appropriate lane. Always ride cautiously and be mindful of other people around you.

If you have an accident while riding an e-bike or e-scooter that causes injury, consider contacting a legal professional. You can seek compensation through various methods, including household insurance and uninsured motorist claims.

Although e-scooters and e-bikes can lead to accidents and harm, there are steps you can take to address these incidents.


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