Five electric scooter safety tips for Tampa residents

Electric scooters, commonly known as e-scooters, have quickly become popular in Tampa since their launch this summer as part of a yearlong pilot program. Although e-scooters serve as a convenient, ecofriendly mode of transportation, they can also pose safety hazards. For instance, riders may lose control and enter traffic or hit pedestrians.

The presence of e-scooters has impacted the city’s pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers who must now be on the lookout for them. Numerous injuries have been reported. In one accident, a 33-year-old man suffered fatal injuries when his Lime e-scooter swerved into a tanker truck’s path. He was not wearing a helmet.

With the arrival of e-scooters, Tampa residents can benefit from taking some precautions to avoid getting hurt or injuring others in an accident. Here are some simple tips for e-scooter riders to remember:

  • Inspect the e-scooter before hopping on to make sure its wheels, brakes and other parts are working properly. If you have never been on one before, doing a test ride in an open, uncrowded area might be helpful.
  • Wear a helmet, even though it is not required under Florida law. Helmets can protect you from concussions or serious brain injuries due to a fall.
  • Ride solo.Since e-scooters are built for only one rider, riding tandem increases the risk of equipment malfunctions or losing balance.
  • Focus on your surroundings. Many e-scooter accidents occur because the rider failed to pay attention to the road conditions or was unaware of the weather. Avoid distractions like using your cellphone or listening to music while riding an e-scooter. Otherwise, you may easily miss seeing pedestrians, cars and other riders.
  • Make sure to park e-scooters safely so that they are out of the way and not blocking sidewalks or building entrances. Otherwise, people can trip over them.

E-scooters are relatively new in Tampa, and the rules governing their use are still evolving. If you have been injured in an e-scooter accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at Joyce and Reyes to learn how we can help.