DALLAS — It was like any other day. Cody Daniels had just clocked out of work and was walking of this out of a downtown Dallas parking garage.
Someone on a electric scooter hit him at full speed.
“Stepped onto the sidewalk and then he hit me from this side, straight to the ground,” Daniels said. He said he couldn’t see him. “He hit me faster than I could turn my head really to look.”
Feeling panicked, Daniels felt his face and saw blood.
“So I ran back into the store, to the bathroom, just to look what my face looked like.”
This is what it looked like.
A trip to the emergency room, and 7 stitches later, he’s looking a little better.
“It hurt, yeah,” says Daniels.
He says the guy on the scooter didn`t even stop to help. “Watch out for these people on scooters, hopefully someone will see this and maybe not get hurt. Maybe it will help someone.”
But, it`s not just Daniels whose concerned, around the country, people complaining about the electric, dockless scooters are making headlines.
Darren Laughlin, an Indianapolis man says, “I was crossing the street, I had the walk signal, and somebody on one of the scooters comes screaming around the corner and run into the side of my chair.” He was hit, not once, but twice by people riding the scooters recklessly.
Daniels says, “Yeah, I just want people to get them off the sidewalks.”
But, at the end of the day, change could be on the horizon.
The scooters are on a 6 month trial basis with the city of Dallas.
There is no do doubt crashes like Daniels` will be part of the discussion.
We have reached out to Lime for a response, they tell us they will follow up once they know more about the situation.
A Lime spokesperson tells us: “We do not tolerate unsafe riding behavior of any kind, and encourage riders to always be responsible and safe when operating any of Lime’s products.” Also, “To promote safe riding, we inform riders of safe riding practices both in the app and on the scooter itself; we encourage them to wear helmets, and advise against unsafe scooter behavior like performing stunts. In order to unlock a Lime scooter for the first time, all riders must go through an in-app tutorial that includes safety tips.”
After hearing about the incident the spokesperson tells us: “To promote safe riding, we inform riders of safe riding practices both in the app and on the scooter itself; we encourage them to wear helmets, and advise against unsafe scooter behavior like performing stunts. In order to unlock a Lime scooter for the first time, all riders must go through an in-app tutorial that includes safety tips.”