E-Scooter Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries
Although the City of Philadelphia was slow to accept the electric scooter trend, e-scooters are beginning to take off in various parts of the city. Not surprisingly, we’re also seeing an increase in dangerous E-Scooter accidents. When you're on a scooter, you interact with traffic, but you have absolutely nothing to protect you from the impact of an accident with one of the much larger and heavier vehicles in your midst. If you've been injured in an e-scooter accident that was caused by someone else's negligence, consult with an experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer today.
When you hop on a scooter, you’re on a motorized vehicle, and although it can’t get up to the speed of traffic, it moves much more quickly than you could walk and requires very little exertion on your part. This can make it more difficult for motorists to spot you on the road – especially motorists who are distracted, impaired, aggressive, or otherwise negligent. Any accident between a car and a scooter is a dangerous accident that can leave the person on the scooter seriously injured.
Injuries Common to E-Scooter Accidents
Due to the size and weight difference between scooters and other vehicles, the impact of e-scooter accidents is often extreme. A crash can lead to a variety of very serious injuries, such as:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Broken bones
- Deeps cuts and abrasions
Any one of these injuries can be life-altering, and each warrants a closer look.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury to the brain that can be permanently debilitating. Any injury to the brain is serious, and the long-term effects are unpredictable at best. Our brains make us uniquely ourselves, and an injury of any significance can reverberate far into the victim’s future. Further, just when a TBI victim most needs his or her loved ones for support, these relationships are often strained due to the personality changes TBI victims can experience. The economic and emotional consequences associated with a serious TBI can be devastating.
Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury can occur anywhere on the spinal cord, and they are generally painful injuries that are slow to heal and can seriously diminish the victim's range of motion and quality of life. When very serious, a TBI can leave the sufferer partially or completely paralyzed below the injury site. The negative consequences associated with a spinal cord injury are often immense.
Broken bones are common to every type of traffic accident, and scooter drivers are especially vulnerable to extremely serious breaks. A broken bone is exceedingly painful, very slow to heal, and can lead to permanent complications. A broken bone that doesn’t heal correctly can become debilitating and lead to chronic pain.
Deep Cuts and Abrasions
Scooter accidents leave the scooter driver very susceptible to experiencing deep cuts and abrasions throughout the course of the accident. The impact of the accident is very likely to include being thrown and/or dragged against the pavement, which can leave your skin with deep, dangerous cuts and abrasions. These painful, unsightly injuries can lead to serious infections and permanent scarring. When they occur on or near the face, they can also be disfiguring.
If you’ve sustained a serious injury in an e-scooter accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, the damages you’ve suffered are likely to add up quickly, including:
- Medical Costs – The medical expenses associated with a scooter accident often involve emergency care and transportation, surgery and aftercare, treatment from doctors and specialists, physical therapy, prescription medications, adaptive physical devices, home health care, and more.
- Lost Wages – Sustaining a serious injury in a scooter accident is likely to leave you out of work for a protracted period and to make you lose wages in the process. If your injuries are quite serious, you could face a diminished earning potential into your future and even an altered career trajectory.
- Pain and Suffering – The pain and suffering associated with a serious injury-causing accident should never be discounted. In fact, the emotional component of such an accident can be extremely difficult to overcome and can wreak considerable havoc into your future.
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If you’ve been injured in an e-scooter accident caused by a negligent motorist, the results-driven personal injury lawyers at Mattiacci Law, LLC, are committed to skillfully advocating on behalf of your rights and getting you the compensation you deserve. We’re here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at 215-709-7915 for more information today.