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As E-Scooter Use Rises in Popularity, So Do Concerns About Accidents

an electric scooter on the curb near a busy street.

If you were hurt in a New Orleans e-scooter accident, an attorney can file a claim and fight for the compensation you deserve.

E-scooters (electric scooters) are becoming more popular because they make it easier for people to get around, especially in cities like New Orleans. For example, according to federal data reported by Forbes, at least 158 U.S. cities have e-scooter systems.

E-scooters are considered environmentally friendly and less expensive than other forms of transportation like cars and motorcycles. Unfortunately, although there are many benefits to riding e-scooters, people can still get severely injured or die in accidents caused by others.

Fortunately, victims often have recourse through the civil justice system. Contact The Law Offices of John S. Williams, LLC, today to see how an experienced New Orleans e-scooter accident lawyer can help if you or someone you love was injured in a crash due to negligence.

What makes e-scooters dangerous?

Unlike a car, electric scooters provide no protection in the event of an accident. As a result, getting hit by a car while riding an e-scooter, crashing it, and/or being ejected from an e-scooter can cause severe and debilitating injuries, such as:

  • Road Rash: It's easy for riders to get scrapes and road rash. While this injury affects the top layer of the skin, it is prone to infection. In severe cases of road rash, the victim may require skin grafts and cosmetic surgery.
  • Severe bruising: The force of impact from an e-scooter accident could cause severe bruising. You may experience swelling in the affected area, pain, and difficulty moving.
  • Fractures and broken bones: Some fractures can be treated with a cast or splint, but many may require surgery. Bones can crack or completely break in one or multiple places, requiring lengthy and costly medical treatment.
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI): Even with a helmet, e-scooter riders are at risk of suffering a concussion or some other type of serious head injury, such as a skull fracture. Concussions are often referred to as "mild" traumatic brain injuries (mTBI), but that's easy to say when you're not the one who is suffering. Without proper treatment, a head injury can have long-lasting effects.

Women riding e-scooters in the city on a warm autumn day

According to Consumer Reports, 1 in 3 people involved in an e-scooter accident must be treated for injuries in an emergency room. Along with reckless and negligent drivers, e-scooter riders are also at risk of getting into accidents because of potholes, poor road conditions, and poor e-scooter maintenance. That means depending on the circumstances of your e-scooter accident, there may be multiple liable parties and multiple sources of compensation.

Get help from a New Orleans e-scooter accident lawyer

If you or a loved one was hurt in a New Orleans electric scooter accident, an attorney can help you understand your legal rights, weigh your potential legal options, and fight for the compensation you're entitled to under Louisiana law.

At The Law Offices of John S. Williams, LLC, we know how to hold negligent parties accountable. Our dedicated legal team understands what it takes to build strong cases that have been proven to get meaningful results.

In addition, you pay no attorney fees if your case isn't resolved with a settlement or verdict. That's because we offer legal representation on a contingency fee basis. To find out more about how we can help you, contact us today for a free and confidential consultation.

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