E-Scooters and Bike Share Programs: Factual & Legal Issues That Can Arise When Things Go Wrong


CLE credits earned: 3 GENERAL (or 3 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

E-scooters, Bike Share & other Alternative Transportation programs have landed in cities throughout Ohio and seem to be outrunning “The Law.” Steve Magas, Ohio’s “Bike Lawyer,” will discuss the long, rich history of bicycles & bicycle advocacy while tracing the development of “Bike Law” in the U.S. and discussing how today’s modern transportation alternatives fit into state and local Bicycle and Traffic Laws. He will review legal issues arising around the country as alternative modes of transportation such as electric scooters, bike-share fight for space on sidewalks and roadways. Steve will discuss some of the factual & legal issues that can arise when things go wrong, unique expert witnesses that may be needed, and interesting ways to locate evidence.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Bike Laws & Their History
•   Alternative Transportation Systems & Legal Issues
•   Claims, Experts, Evidence Issues

Date / Time: March 17, 2020

•   2:00 pm – 5:10 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 4:10 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 3:10 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 2:10 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: September 20, 2019

Steve Magas, Esq. is an avid cyclist & Ohio trial lawyer with over 35 years of experience. Steve’s trial experience is primarily in the area of personal injury and wrongful death cases and insurance issues. He has worked for plaintiff’s firms and spent several years as in-house trial counsel for CIGNA Insurance and with an aggressive insurance defense law firm. While he has broad trial experience, the primary focus of his solo practice over the past 10 years has been in the representation of injured bicycle operators. As Ohio’s Bike Lawyer, Steve has handled over 450 “bike cases” while writing about bicycle law issues on a local, state and national level. He is a co-author of “Bicycling and the Law” with Olympic cyclist-turned-lawyer Bob Mionske. Steve has presented his BIKE LAW 101 seminar several times throughout Ohio and has been retained as an expert in bike cases.

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Section I. Bike Law History
a) Early Bike Crash Cases
b) Are Bicycles a Lawful “Vehicle?” Why?
c) The History of Bicycle Advocacy
d) Who were The LAW?
e) What role did Bike Lawyers play in early Advocacy
f) Why does the Good Roads Movement have modern relevance?

Section II. Modern Bicycle Laws
a) How did Modern Bike Laws Develop?
b) Comparing State “Bike Laws”
c) Why You MUST always “Check Local Listings”
d) The X-Foot Law

Section III. The “Fundamentally Inconsistent” Rule & Home Rule

Section IV. Overview & Application of Typical Bike Laws
a) Basic Rules
c) Mandatory Bike Lanes
d) What is a “Roadway?”

Section V. E-Bikes/E-SCOOTERS & Other Alt Transport
a) E-Bikes – What are they – Common Laws
b) E-Scooters – Lime/Bird Takeover

Section VI. Bike Share/Scooter Share programs
a) 35 Things to Know about the Bird Rental Agreement

Section VII. E-Scooter Crashes – Who Pays

Section VIII. E-Scooter Litigation

Section IX. E-Scooter Crash Reconstruction – Unique handling

Section X. E-Scooter RISKS/Hazards

Section XI. Bicycle Crashes- Representing the Injured Cyclist
a) Bicycling Errors That can Lead to Crashes
b) Motorist Errors That can lead to crashes
c) Representing a Cyclist in a Crash Claim
d) Unusual Experts to Consider
e) Where To Find Evidence?
f) Bike Computers – Using Garmin Data
g) Bicycle Cameras – Go Pros