Blogs » Law and Legal Services » Deutshmann Personal Injury & Disability Law - PERSONAL INJURY & DISABILITY LAW BLOG


Deutshmann Personal Injury & Disability Law - PERSONAL INJURY & DISABILITY LAW BLOG
E-Scooters aren't legal on public property in Ontario - but that's changing soon
Return to Blog 

E-Scooters are becoming popular in Canada, and although the experiment in Waterloo with them has stalled, the rise of them as a quick and easy way to get about is noticeable. They are great when the weather is warm and dry. I suspect there will be more than a few of them under Christmas trees soon. A question to consider though is what happens if you are in a crash and hit a pedestrian while riding one?

Scooters are a lot of fun, but they can travel a lot faster than you think. Some will go up to 25 km/hour which is very fast if you fall or hit an object. Most riders don’t wear helmets. Injuries at those speeds are quite likely. If you hit a person with your e-scooter then you likely will both be injured.

Ontario has announced plans to run a five-year pilot project that would allow e-scooters on the province’s roads. Currently e-scooters can only be used on private property in Ontario. Municipal by-laws vary about allowing them on sidewalks and pathways. Last year there was a pilot project in Waterloo involving an e-scooter sharing company on trails linking the University of waterloo, the David Johnston Research Park and Downtown.

The use was impressive with some 18,000 trips being logged. The experiment ended though as the company has decided to wait for Ontario to amend its e-scooter legislation.

The proposed changes to the legislation include allowing e-scooters on roads although no details have been offered by the Ontario government.

If you are riding one on public property and strike someone you will be responsible for their injuries and may be charged with riding the scooter illegally. For the time being you may want to hold off getting an e-scooter until the province announces their changes and the regulations around them.

In other provinces like Alberta, Calgary has allowed e-scooters but has also made minimum age requirements for them. Sharing apps for e-scooters are common but the insurance you purchase usually only covers the bike, not the rider or anyone they strike in which case the rider may be sued for damages and held responsible for injuries.

The Ontario government will have to consult with the industry and insurance companies in order to determine what is reasonable when they roll out the test program.

Posted on Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 - 09:30:00 AM EST
 Comments  (0) Post a Comment 
   By Deutschmann Personal Injury & Disability Law - Visit Our Business Directory Listing  |   Return to Blog 

Blogs Home   |   Start a Blog   |   Subscribe To Blog
News   |   Announcements   |   Events Calendar
Contact The News Editor   |   News FAQs

    <<     January  2022     
S M Tu W Th F S
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31          
Jump to:

Article Categories
Disability Law
Car Insurance
Law Enforcement
Personal Injury Law

Recent Articles
Exercise Is an Important and Effective Treatment for Low Back Pain
Now This Shows Dedication to Cycling
When the Most Joyful Moment In Life Becomes The Tragic - Birth Trauma Injury
Inspiring Client Stories
Winter Tires? Are you still on the fence?
Can Concussion Diagnosis Be A Urine Test Away?
Looking for a Fun Way to Enjoy Winter? How About Fat Biking
'Dancing Molecules' offer new hope for traumatic spinal cord injury recovery
Snowmobile Season is Fast Approaching – Are you Ready for a Safe Season?
Will We Need COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots? It Looks So.
Measuring Blood Protein Level May Be Key to Predicting Brain Injury Outcome
First Indy Autonomous Car Race Features Local Entry
Swimming Pool Injuries in Ontario – Common and Dangerous
Cycling Safety – Cycling Facts
What You Need to Know About Personal Injury Cases
Sitting too much? Most of us are and it's as bad for us as smoking.
OPP Say It’s Vital Users Understand E-Bike and Scooter and Mobility Scooter Rules
See a car with a green flashing light? Yield the right-of-way!
If the Expert Predictions Are Right the Future of Driverless Cars Is Very Nice!
Resilience is Key to Spinal Cord Injury Recovery

Articles by Month of Posting
December 2021
November 2021
October 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2018
January 2017
January 2016
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
August 2012
July 2012
May 2012
April 2012