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Electric Scooter Injuries Pile Up but Lawsuits Are Hard to Make

Jan. 25, 2019, 5:55 PM

Over the past few years, cities across America have experienced sudden downpours of shared electric scooters, piling up almost overnight on curbs, sidewalks and front-yards from Atlanta to Los Angeles.

The phenomenon has quickly built billion-dollar startups, a new urban subculture and even a gray market for freelance scooter-chargers. But as with everything new, it’s also triggered litigation. And in the case of a transportation mode that leaves riders exceptionally vulnerable to sudden injury, it’s reasonable to expect a lot of it.

A man on an electric scooter in San Francisco.
Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Now, lawyers have their first trickle of data as they seek to make unlucky ...