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electric scooters People use a smartphone to unlock Neutron Holdings Inc. LimeBike shared electric scooters on the Embarcadero in San Francisco, California, on Thursday, May 3, 2018. City officials, eager to do something about the electric scooters issue, are sending cease-and-desist letters and are planning to require permits soon, while impounding any that they say are parked illegally. (Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

(Bloomberg) – Bird Rides Inc. and other scooter startups have drawn fire from pedestrian advocates, politicians and annoyed citizens. Now they have a new nemesis: personal-injury lawyers.

In recent months, people hurt riding (or hit by) scooters in San Francisco and Los Angeles have been calling legal firms to file claims. Smelling opportunity, firms have even carved out dedicated spots on their websites urging people to file scooter-related claims. “Our thought when we first saw them “flying” around Santa Monica and haphazardly abandoned on city sidewalks: This is an accident waiting to happen,” blared McGee Lerer & Associates.

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