Jacoby Stoneking, a 24-year-old Dallas resident, died after suffering an injury in an electric scooter accident earlier this month. Kenneth Moore, a friend, told KDFW-TV that Stoneking called him, asking him to request a ride from Lyft while expressing frustration after hurting his foot.
When the Lyft driver arrived, however, he discovered Stoneking incapacitated on the street and contacted emergency services. Stoneking was then transported to Baylor University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead the following day.
Although the cause of death remains unknown, Stoneking suffered bruising and scrapes on his hands and lower extremities, according to the police report. Law enforcement also noted that a Lime scooter, which was broken in half, was found approximately 500 feet away.
Authorities determined that Stonking’s death was caused by injuries suffered while riding a scooter. This is considered the first death involving an electric scooter.
Suffered an Injury Caused by an Electric Scooter? Are Fort Worth Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
In Dallas, Austin and San Antonio, electric scooters have recently become a popular means of transportation, especially for the younger demographic. Riders can access Bird and Lime scooters through their cell phones, ride them to their destinations, and park them anywhere when they are finished.
However, these motorized scooters can be involved in a variety of accident. Single scooter accidents are often caused by malfunctions and road hazards such as potholes and debris. A scooter rider could collide with a pedestrian, or a motor vehicle can crash into a scooter rider.
Whether you have suffered an injury caused by a negligent scooter rider or you were struck by a car while riding a motorized scooter, our Fort Worth personal injury attorney at the Law Office of James M. Stanley can help. We can pursue a personal injury claim against the negligent party or a municipality claim against the government entity in charge of fixing poorly maintained roads and sidewalks.