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.

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