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Tampa attorney suggests riders read "terms of use" before renting a scooter

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Posted at 9:38 PM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-04 06:09:29-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- A Tampa attorney suggest riders read the "terms of use" before renting an e-scooter.

"You click through just to jump on the scooter as fast as you can, but reading through it would probably really scare people out of using them," said Karina Perez, a personal injury attorney with Vanguard Attorneys.

In May, people could start renting e-scooters from four vendors in the city of Tampa. According to the city, users must be 16 years or older and are required to have a valid driver's license or permit.

Helmet wearing is encouraged, but not required.

In June, a 33-year-old man died while riding an e-scooter in Tampa. Police said for some reason he veered into the path of a semi-truck.

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Before anyone rents a scooter users must accept a "user agreement."

"It's limiting your ability to recover against the company if you do get injured or if somebody injures you on a scooter," said Perez.

Perez suggest riders check their insurance policy and ensure at a minimum you have uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage and look at the details for exclusions. She also suggest riders wear a helmet.

She said scooters only reach speeds up to 15 mph, but that's enough to cause an injury.

"Most people haven't had any scooter training and I know it sounds silly, but they're actually difficult to maneuver," said Perez.

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Jade Geftman rents an e-scooter to avoid a 20 minute walk to her car in downtown Tampa. She said she is cautious and pays attention to her surroundings.

"I try try to be aware of the sidewalks because there are a lot of bad grooves in the sidewalks so if I see that I'll slow down," said Geftman.

Scooters cannot be ridden in the following locations: Tampa Riverwalk, Bayshore Boulevard and 7th Avenue.

ABC Action News reached out to the four vendors.

A spokesperson for Lime sent us the following statement:

“The safety of our riders and community is our top priority. Lime’s insurance coverage meets or exceeds all requirements from cities, college campuses and businesses where we operate. We recognize that every incident is unique and requires an individual approach, and we have a process in place to fully investigate all claims.”