Recently the US-based company that is specialized in making dock free electric scooters, e-assist bikes and pedal bikes, namely Lime had another traffic accident: a user in Washington, DC, collided with an SUV while using the Lime electric scooter, and was killed. According to the rescue video released by the local fire department, the victim was an adult male and was rescued from the bottom of the vehicle by rescuers.
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This is already the second fatal accident related to Lime. Earlier this month in Dallas, a 24-year-old Texas man accidentally fell while using the Lime scooter, and his head was brutally bruised and died.
TechCrunch pointed out that although these accidents are sad, considering the weakness of the protection measures for cyclists and electric scooters, these unfortunate events are also expected.
Electric scooters have been favored recently, and both Lime and rival Bird announced this week that their customers have now taken north of 10 million rides.
At the same time, more and more cities are worried that electric scooters are too fast, prone to accidents and hit pedestrians. So it is forbidden to use scooters on the sidewalks. As a result, scooter riders can only share city streets with other cars.
One solution to this problem is to create a protected lane that will allow the electric scooter to travel safely. The program was promoted by various electric scooters and their investors, and Bird even publicly stated that their company is willing to fund new infrastructure to ensure the safety of bicycles and scooters.
Another possible solution is probably to force the electric scooter rider to wear a helmet. But the governor of California signed a bill on Wednesday, stipulating that starting January 1, California citizens no longer have to wear helmets when riding electric scooters.