A lawsuit has been filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court claiming that various e-scooter firms have acted in “gross negligence,” even “aiding and abetting assault.” This lawsuit follows the announcement of Santa Monica’s pilot program for e-scooters and bikes as well as recent legislation regulating e-scooters in various Los Angeles neighborhoods. The class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of pedestrians involved in various scooter accidents throughout Los Angeles and Santa Monica. The plaintiffs claim that the existing e-scooter companies have exercised, “wanton disregard for the safety of others.”
Was Safety a Priority from the Beginning?
When Bird and Lime first launched their respective scooter fleets, there was certainly a learning period for riders, drivers, legislators and scooter startups alike. City officials have worked hand in hand with community members as well as scooter startups to develop a framework to safely allow further growth in this emerging industry. For some, these actions are too little too late, and understandably so. The way that Bird and Lime deployed their scooters in the public could be considered reckless considering the speeds consumers can operate them. A number of riders and pedestrians have been severely injured in accidents involving rented scooters, including some accidents that may have resulted from mechanical failures. At this point, it is hard to tell how the class action lawsuit will proceed, but scooter companies from here out should take notice of how this develops.