E-scooters and e-bikes have seen a surge in popularity in recent years, and in many cities and towns, they're a common sight on streets and sidewalks. On college campuses, e-scooters are particularly popular; they are simple to use, quick, relatively lightweight, and make it easy to get from one side of campus to the other.
Of course, there are downsides to both e-scooters and e-bikes. While many e-scooters are foldable and can be carried relatively easily, others are less portable and must be parked. As a result, some campuses are dealing with small herds of e-scooters clogging sidewalks and lawns near building entrances. Even folded scooters are large enough to create obstacles in classrooms and lecture halls. And there are, of course, traffic issues; students don't always pilot their e-scooters or e-bikes carefully, and the speed at which they can travel makes collisions with pedestrians more dangerous than with non-powered vehicles.
An even more dangerous issue with both e-bikes and e-scooters is their lithium-ion batteries. The batteries can be highly combustible if physically damaged or if allowed to overheat (left in direct sunlight or near a heat source such as a radiator) and can burst into a very high-temperature flame without warning. They should also be unplugged when charging is complete, but many people treat their e-scooter batteries the same as they do their laptops and will leave them plugged in well after they have finished charging.
A number of schools have responded to these multiple safety issues by banning e-bikes and e-scooters altogether, while others have restricted their use to certain roads and bike paths. Use restrictions, however, do not address the serious dangers that arise when a scooter or bike battery charging in a student's dorm room or a faculty member's office suddenly bursts into flames.
Student Safety Should Be a School Priority
When you send your student away to college, you, of course, worry about all sorts of things, campus safety being one of them. You rely on the school to have safe buildings, walkways, and roads and depend on school security to prevent on-campus crime. Most schools prohibit items like candles and flammable liquids in dormitories; there is a strong argument that e-bike and e-scooter batteries should be added to that list.
If your student has been injured on campus, whether struck by someone piloting an e-bike or e-scooter, or while escaping from a dorm fire caused by a lithium-ion battery, or by any other means, your student may be entitled to reimbursement of their medical and rehabilitation expenses, and compensation for their pain, suffering, and any long-term physical effects of their injury. Lawsuits to recover for these kinds of on-campus injuries also do more than simply help the student who has been injured; they often drive the school to make positive changes to their campus infrastructure and to their safety policies that will benefit students, faculty, and staff for years to come.
Joseph D. Lento Can Help Your Student Recover
Joseph D. Lento has years of experience representing students who have been injured on campus and can help your injured student get the help and compensation they need to get back on their feet. Your family and your student should not face these difficult situations alone; Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm Team have the knowledge and background to negotiate a settlement with the school and if the school is unwilling to accept responsibility, to help you and your student take the matter to court.
Contact Joseph D. Lento today at 888.535.3686, or contact the Lento Law Firm Team online to schedule a consultation and learn more about how they can help.