If you live in Boston, you’ve no doubt noticed a significant increase in the presence of electric scooters on city streets. In fact, there are often thousands of scooters that are competing for space with pedestrians at one time. And while the scooters are fun, popular, and a faster way to get around when compared to walking, as the number of e-scooters increases, so does the number of scooter-related injuries. If you’re involved in an e-scooter injury caused by the negligence of another party, our lawyers at the office of Lovenberg & Associates, P.C. can help.

Most Common Types of E-Scooter Injuries

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with the Public Health and Transportation Departments in Austin, TX, conducted a study to learn more about the prevalence of scooter-involved injuries and the most common types of injuries. Per the report, those who are most at risk of injury are those ages 18-29, followed by people ages 30-39. Of 190 injured riders involved in the study, just over half identified as male. 

Of the injured riders, 48 percent suffered injuries to the head, including fractures, lacerations, and abrasions. Unfortunately, fewer than one percent of people involved in the accidents were wearing a helmet at the time of crash, suggesting that being helmeted could reduce head and brain injuries. 

About 70 percent of riders involved suffered injuries to the upper limbs, 55 percent to the lower limbs, and 18 percent to the chest/abdomen.

Causes of E-Scooter Related Injuries

Electric scooters, as stated above, are often competing for road or sidewalk space with pedestrians or cars, making it dangerous for both e-scooter riders and pedestrians alike. E-scooter injuries can be the result of:

  • Distracted riding – i.e. failing to pay attention to one’s surroundings;
  • Riding too fast for conditions;
  • Failing to yield to pedestrians and drivers as appropriate;
  • Impaired riding;
  • Distracted and aggressive driving (of a car); and
  • More.

Either an e-scooter rider or a pedestrian who is not operating a scooter may be seriously hurt in an e-scooter crash; it is unlikely for a driver of a motor vehicle involved in an e-scooter crash to suffer any injuries. 

Our Boston Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help

Being injured in an e-scooter crash can be scary and, if you’re not at fault, you may not be sure who to hold liable – the driver of the motor vehicle involved, the rider of the e-scooter (if other than yourself), the e-scooter company, or someone else? 

At the law offices of Lovenberg & Associates, P.C., our experienced Boston personal injury  lawyer attorney can help you if you’ve been harmed. To learn more about your rights after being injured in an e-scooter accident, call our law firm directly at (617) 973-9950 or send us a message telling us more about your situation and your injuries. We work on a contingency fee basis.