With Tampa continually being ranked as a top city in the Southeast to live in, offering an abundance of culture and amenities at livable prices, one can only presume from the multitude of rising figures that relate to job growth and the development of more housing that the expansion of infrastructure will encourage more people to live here. With an already crowded area, as concluded from the heavy traffic, public transportation has been given a new face lift by a company called Coast Bike Share.
On their website, they suggest that using their rental bikes around the city helps to keep our carbon footprint down and saves you money among many other things. Their motto, “Good for you; Good for Tampa; Clean Living,” is subsequently supported with asserting that “coast helps you enjoy an active lifestyle while alleviating traffic, reducing pollution and making commuting fun.” Activities such as these promote a healthy, easy going lifestyle.
However, signing the agreement to use one of these rentals can waive a lot of rights that people may not understand fully. That doesn’t mean that using one of the bikes will automatically be a negative way to travel or that the cost of a possible accident is too risky; in an optimistic light, it may end up being all the company suggests for a renter. Yet, riding one of the bikes means that as the person liable for an expensive city-owned bike, you should know who is accountable for what and why. Product liability in bike rentals can be hard to understand because of the rental agreements and waivers signed before the transaction occurs.
Types of Agreements
No release is perfect and one release could never cover every unusual circumstance that could possibly arise. Being able to distinguish the good waivers from the bad can help renters understand what exactly they may be giving up in court later on. The Coast Bike Share program in Tampa has the third release (**) mentioned above, along with strict instructions on personal agreements of their own so that all bases are covered. It is your responsibility as a renter to read all the terms and conditions of the agreement. Many do not like to read all of it because of how dry it is, however, it’s for your own protection down the road.
Dolman Law Group
If you or a loved one is renting a bike and would like to know your rights when doing so based on waivers, please come in for a free consultation and evaluation of the documents. If unfortunately there was a bike accident and you need to file a claim against the company or manufacturer, please call the bike rental lawyers at Dolman Law Group today for complete care. You can reach the firm at (727) 451-6900
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765