The sudden presence of electric scooters, electric skateboards, and all manner of micromobility devices on our streets has raised all kinds of issues and concerns with people. Are these exciting technologies really safe? Who is liable if there is a crash involving a scooter and a car? A scooter and a scooter? A scooter and a pedestrian? A scooter and a bike?
"Contributory negligence" refers to the harsh legal doctrine in which the injured party is barred from recovery if he is found to be guilty of negligence, no matter how slight (as slight as 1% negligent). If the other party involved in your accident is 99% responsible and you are 1% responsible, legally, you cannot recover a single penny, regardless of how serious your injuries are, when the rule of contributory negligence applies.
We’re in the midst of some of the most incredible fall riding conditions of the year here in the DC area - the humidity has finally abated, the air is crisp and refreshing, and the leaves have started to turn the brilliant yellows and oranges of autumn. Fall is one of the best times for cycling, which also means that it is one of the busiest times for our local trails. Before you plan your next ride, review these trail etiquette tips.