As e-scooters rise in popularity in Michigan, so does the need to understand the legalities around their use. At White Law PLLC, we believe it’s crucial to be informed given how much usage – and injuries – have soared in recent years.
One study found that electric scooter injuries and hospital admissions in the United States showed a 222% increase from 2014 to 2018. Those injuries result in court cases that further illustrate what the law says about this hobby.
In this article, we will be discussing the laws, unique legal challenges, and our role as e-scooter law specialists.
Understanding E-Scooter Legislation in Michigan
There are a few basics anyone interested in using e-scooters should understand about the law in Michigan before starting to ride.
How Does Michigan Law Define E-Scooters?
Michigan law categorizes e-scooters under the same umbrella as electric skateboards, defining them as wheeled devices with a floorboard for standing, a length of no more than 60 inches, and a width less than 18 inches.
They’re designed for a single rider, have an electric propulsion system with power less than 2,500 watts, and their maximum speed is less than 45 mph on a level surface.
Are E-Scooters Allowed on All Roads in Michigan?
No, if you are riding on an e-scooter, it has to be on a road that has a speed limit of no more than 45 miles per hour (unless you are crossing). You must ride an e-scooter as close to the far right edge of the road as you can.
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Exploring Unique Legal Challenges of E-Scooters
These laws result in some legal challenges specific to e-scooters.
What Are Some of the Legal Challenges Unique to E-Scooter Use?
One significant challenge is the high rate of accidents and injuries involving e-scooters. In fact, one-third of those injured on electric scooters suffer head trauma. The most common injuries are fractures, head injuries, and contusions, sprains, and lacerations, raising several legal implications. You could even experience post-traumatic stress disorder after an accident.
How Does Michigan Law Regulate E-Scooter Usage to Ensure Safety?
Michigan law imposes several restrictions to promote safety. For instance, operators must ride no more than two abreast, riders under 12 are not allowed to operate scooters on roadways, and riders under 19 must wear a helmet. E-scooters cannot be operated between half an hour after sunset and half an hour before sunrise unless equipped with appropriate lighting and reflectors.
The Role of a Michigan E-Scooter Law Specialist
If you’ve been injured as a result of an e-scooter, you may have some options legally.
Why Would I Need an E-Scooter Law Specialist?
Given the complex and rapidly evolving area of e-scooter legislation, a specialist can help protect your rights, especially if you’re involved in an accident. These professionals can assist you in understanding the laws and your rights, and navigate the legal process surrounding any personal injury claim. They can also help you avoid behaviors that jeopardize your accident case.
What Services Can a Law Firm Provide As E-Scooter Law Specialists?
Our attorneys offer expert advice on e-scooter laws in Michigan, guide you through the legal processes, and advocate for your rights, especially in case of an accident leading to personal injury. We aim to protect the rights of e-scooter users and ensure they receive fair compensation in case of an accident.
We understand that you may be going through a difficult situation and we are ready to help however we can.
Securing Fair Compensation After an E-Scooter Accident
If you’ve been injured through someone else’s negligence involving an e-scooter, here’s what you should know.
How Can I Secure Compensation After an E-Scooter Accident in Michigan?
Accidents involving e-scooters can be complex and daunting, especially when seeking compensation for injuries. As e-scooter law specialists, we can assist you in collecting necessary evidence, managing communications with insurance firms, and negotiating settlements on your behalf.
What Challenges Might I Encounter When Seeking Compensation?
You may face challenges in establishing liability in e-scooter accidents as the laws are still evolving. Moreover, dealing with insurance companies can be overwhelming, as they often attempt to minimize payouts. Our experts are equipped to tackle these challenges effectively.
You will always work directly with your attorney throughout your case.
Understanding the Statute of Limitations in Michigan for E-Scooter Injuries
There is a statute of limitations that applies to e-scooter cases that you should be aware of.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims Involving E-Scooters in Michigan?
In Michigan, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally three years from the date of the accident. However, these laws can be complex and exceptions may apply, so it’s crucial to consult a legal professional promptly after an accident.
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