E-scooter companies like Lime and Bird are readily available in cities throughout the greater Los Angeles area. While the popularity of electric scooters has only increased since they first started showing up in 2017, electric scooter accidents and injuries have also increased. According to EurekaAlert, “The number of scooter-related injuries and hospital admissions in the United States grew by 222% between 2014 and 2018 to more than 39,000 injuries.” The CDC also estimates that for every 100,000 e-scooter trips taken, 20 individuals will end up sustaining an injury. Below, we discuss some of the common electric scooter accident injuries we see at our law firm.
Head injuries sustained in electric scooter accidents range from mild concussions to traumatic brain injuries. If you or someone you know hurt their head due to an e-scooter accident, then it is crucial to seek treatment immediately, especially if the following symptoms occur:
- Difficulty speaking
- Trouble concentrating
- Weakness or numbness
- Vision issues
- Nausea or vomiting
- Recurring headache
This type of injury tends to happen when e-scooter operators lose control and slide across the pavement during an accident. These injuries are the result of the impact of the rider hitting the concrete and their exposed skin rubbing on the surface while their body skids. Road rash can lead to permanent damage, like skin irritation, infections, and surface nerve damage.
Dislocated Joints & Neck Injuries
One common reaction people have when they are operating an e-scooter and are about to collide with a person, vehicle, or object is to put their arms and hands in front of their body to break the fall from the scooter. However, such a reaction can result in serious injuries, like dislocated joints in the arms, wrists, shoulders, and fingers. E-scooter accidents can also leave operators with long-lasting nerve damage, joint pain, and muscle damage in the neck and upper back area.
Consult with a Skilled Scooter Accident Attorney Today
At Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP, we understand that scooter accident cases require in-depth investigations to pursue all forms of compensation for damages. Our talented and compassionate lawyers are here to walk you through each phase of the legal process to ensure your best interests are protected. When you choose us to represent you, we make it our goal to fight for your right to hold negligent parties responsible for your injuries.
To set up a free case consultation, please call us today at (800) 462-7160.