budweiser wrote: ↑
Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:55 am
Makes me wonder if Bird knows there will be a slew of issues relating to who is liable. Accidents are always waiting to happen.
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Injuries and lawsuits are already happening. CNET recently wrote an expansive article on this.
CNET: Electric scooters are now disrupting wrists, elbows and heads
Here is a snippet from the article about liability.
You assume all responsibility
When you sign up to rent a scooter, you must click a button that says you agree to the app's terms of service.
This lengthy multiscreen agreement basically says users take on all responsibility for what happens during rides. Even when it may "result in injury or death to you or others," as Lime's agreement states.
That means if a car hits you, it's your responsibility. You hit a pedestrian? You're liable. What if the scooter's brakes fail? Still your fault.
"Rider agrees that Vehicles are machines that may malfunction," reads Bird's agreement. "Rider assumes full and complete responsibility for all related risks, dangers, and hazards."