Hopped on a Limebike on the way to work this morning and found out that the brakes were out the hard way. Now I have a broken bone in my hand and a few stitches to show for it. Do I have any legal rights that could hold Limebike responsible for allowing me to rent damaged equipment?
Your statement describes a cause of action at civil law, but you would have the burden of proving your allegations by a preponderance of the evidence.
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This vandalism/terrorism has been in the news, but this is the first I've head of someone being injured. I'm sorry that you are that person.
Lime Bike may have responsibility, particularly if someone reported the bike damaged before you used it. Lime Bike also likely has some no-fault insurance coverage that may assist with your medical bills.
You should probably discuss this situation further with a bike lawyer. Most lawyers provide free consultations.
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