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What happens when your car is hit by a lime scooter

Posted at 10:29 PM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 06:42:45-04

MILWAUKEE — An Uber driver who's van was hit by an e-scooter is warning others of what's turning out to be a complicated process of getting his vehicle repaired and paid for.

Andy Nieznanski said his van was hit Saturday night on North Water Street by two people on a lime scooter.

"There was two on one scooter which you're not supposed to do. And they were on the sidewalk and they were slaloming in between people." he said.

That's when they lost control and crashed into the side of his van causing damage. One of the people on the scooter exchanged info with him, and the other rode away.

It was when Nieznanski reported it to Milwaukee Police that things got complicated. He said originally the officers began to file an accident report, but then determined since he wasn't moving, it was a property damage case. However, because intent is needed for property damage reports, he said his only option may be small claims court.

"I thought you know with the stroke of a pen insurance company takes care of it, and its become more of a thing," Nieznanski said.

Ultimately he believes his Uber insurance will cover the claim, but that carries a $1,000 deductible.

A Milwaukee Police spokesperson says because the scooters are motorized a report should be written unless the damage is less than $1,000. Nieznanski has an appointment to get an estimate for repairs tomorrow but anticipates it will be more than $1,000.

Lime told Today's TMJ4 that every rider has $1,000,000 in liability insurance as part of the rental contract, but that is generally for personal injury and not damage. Claims can be addressed to their website at support@li.me