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Bird Rides Not Liable to Cyclist Who Ran Over Discarded Scooter

May 6, 2020, 4:00 PM

Bird Rides Inc. owed no legal duty to a man who says he ran over an abandoned scooter in a downtown Atlanta street around dusk, lost control of his bike, fell to the pavement, and broke his hip, a federal court in Georgia said.

Norman Robinson, who said he required surgery and months of physical therapy, alleged Bird breached its duty of care by failing to equip its products with warning lights or reflectors, failing to prevent scooters from remaining in roadways, and failing to prevent minors from handling them.

Because Bird had no stations for customers to safely dock ...