The dockless motorized scooters from Bird and Lime have been sweeping into more cities. Although much of the craze centers around the way riders leave hundreds of them around sidewalks and streets, there’s more: emergency rooms and medical offices are getting lots of cases of scooter injuries.
Similar to motorcyclists, electric scooter riders do not have the outside physical protection around them that normal vehicles prove. Because of this, electric scooter riders are susceptible to certain physical injuries if accidents do occur.
While Bird and Lime encourage riders to wear helmets, not all of them do. Bird and Lime are typically used spontaneously, and many people don’t bring helmets with them wherever they go. Because of this, head injury patterns in electric scooter accidents are especially noticeable.
Head injuries can range from mild to severe. Some common head injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Scalp wounds
- Skull fractures
After an electric scooter accident, you should look for signs of head injuries that could include:
- A reoccurring or worsening headache
- Confusing or distraction
- Loss of balance
- Vision problems
- Weakness or numbness
- Difficulty speaking
Head injury symptoms are not always immediately apparent. They make take a while to surface. Because of this, even if you have no apparent symptoms after an electric scooter accident, you should seek medical attention immediately. This can help your attorney strengthen your case later on if an injury was sustained and you would like to seek compensation against those at fault.
Injuries From Malfunctioning Scooters
A few cases involve malfunctions, such as the handlebar stem collapsing, a wheel locking up, or faulty breaks. These sort of electric scooter malfunctions can result in injuries that can include broken bones, torn ligaments, broken teeth, and road burns.
With electric scooters accidents, it can be hard alone to determine who’s accountable for any injuries that are sustained. If you or a loved one is suffering from an experience like this, Kwartler Manus can provide a lawyer to help win your case.
Our personal injury office is experienced in helping accident victims earn the compensation they deserve. When we fight, we win!
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