E-scooters have taken New Orleans by storm, offering a quick and convenient way to zip through traffic. Whether visiting the Big Easy or looking for something fun to do locally, there are at least six e-scooter rental companies in the city.  These compact vehicles are especially popular among young adults and professionals looking for an alternative to traditional public transport or car services. However, the rising popularity of e-scooters comes with its own set of challenges, notably an increase in accidents and safety concerns. While these scooters provide an efficient way to get around, sharing the road with cars, bicycles, and pedestrians creates a mix contributing to collisions and injuries. Moreover, not all riders follow traffic rules or wear protective gear, adding another layer of risk.

Common Causes of E-Scooter Accidents: More Than Just a Fall

E-scooter accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, and it’s not always as simple as a rider losing balance. One common cause is equipment malfunction, where a scooter’s brakes or motor fail, leading to loss of control. Road conditions also play a significant role; uneven surfaces, potholes, or debris can make for a hazardous ride. Additionally, rider behavior contributes to many accidents. Speeding, ignoring traffic signals, or weaving between cars increases the likelihood of a mishap. Pedestrians, too, can inadvertently become part of the problem by stepping into the path of an oncoming scooter without warning. Finally, car drivers who are not vigilant about sharing the road with smaller vehicles like e-scooters can cause collisions

Types of Injuries: From Minor Scrapes to Major Trauma

When it comes to e-scooter accidents, injuries can vary widely in severity. On the milder end of the spectrum, riders might experience scrapes, bruises, or minor cuts. However, more serious accidents can result in significant harm such as fractures, dislocations, or even head injuries. In some unfortunate instances, collisions with larger vehicles like cars or trucks can lead to life-altering conditions or fatalities. Facial injuries and dental damage are also not uncommon, especially if a rider is not wearing a helmet or other protective gear. Injuries to the hands or wrists can occur as riders instinctively try to break their fall. With a range of possible injuries, it becomes clear e-scooter accidents are not to be taken lightly. Awareness of these potential outcomes can encourage safer riding habits and more cautious behavior on the road.

Legal Framework: Understanding Liability in E-Scooter Accidents

Liability in e-scooter accidents can be a complex issue, often involving multiple parties. In some cases, the rider might be at fault for reckless behavior or ignoring traffic rules. However, other times, the blame could lie with car drivers who fail to yield the right of way or are otherwise negligent. Equipment malfunction can also introduce the possibility of the scooter company being held responsible. Local laws and regulations further complicate the matter, as different jurisdictions have their own rules governing e-scooter use and liability. For example, some cities require riders to use bike lanes, while others allow scooters on sidewalks. In multi-vehicle accidents, determining fault can become even more complicated. Given these complexities, understanding the legal framework surrounding e-scooter accidents is important for anyone involved, whether as a rider, pedestrian, or motorist.

Insurance Coverage: What’s Included and What’s Not

Insurance coverage for e-scooter accidents can be a gray area, leaving many people uncertain about what is covered and what is not. Traditional auto insurance policies generally do not extend to e-scooters, and not all e-scooter rental companies offer insurance options. Some riders might find partial coverage under their homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, but these policies often have limitations. Personal injury protection (PIP) or health insurance would cover medical expenses, but usually won’t address property damage or other liabilities. In cases where another vehicle is involved, the driver’s auto insurance might offer some coverage, depending on the policy and who is found at fault. Given these variables, it’s important for riders and other parties to be aware of their insurance options and limitations when it comes to e-scooter accidents.

Steps to Take Immediately After an E-Scooter Accident

In the moments following an e-scooter accident, taking the right steps can make a significant difference in outcomes. First and foremost, checking for injuries and seeking medical attention if needed is paramount. If possible, moving the e-scooter and any other vehicles involved out of the path of traffic can prevent further accidents. Documenting the scene is also helpful; taking photos of the accident location, the e-scooter, and any other vehicles involved can serve as valuable evidence later. Witnesses can provide additional perspectives, so collecting contact information from anyone who saw the accident is a good idea. Filing a report with local authorities can also be beneficial, as it creates an official record of the incident. Being aware of these steps can help individuals be better prepared in the unfortunate event of an e-scooter accident.

Building a Strong Personal Injury Case: Evidence and Documentation

Building a robust personal injury case after an e-scooter accident often hinges on the quality of evidence and documentation gathered. Photos of the accident scene, the e-scooter, and any other vehicles involved can provide compelling visual evidence. Medical records detailing the extent of injuries and treatments received are also important. Witness statements can offer additional perspectives and may corroborate a claim. In some cases, surveillance footage from nearby businesses or traffic cameras might be available and can serve as unbiased evidence. Keeping a record of any expenses related to the accident, such as medical bills or property damage, can help in quantifying the financial impact. 

Settlements and Court Verdicts: What to Expect in Compensation

E-Scooter Injuries

When it comes to e-scooter accidents, compensation can vary widely depending on the specifics of each case. Settlements and court verdicts take into account several factors, such as the severity of injuries, the extent of property damage, and the circumstances leading up to the accident. In some instances, individuals may receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and even emotional distress. If a rider is found to be at fault, compensation may be reduced or denied altogether. In multi-vehicle accidents, the distribution of fault among parties can also influence the amount awarded. 

If you have suffered an injury on an e-scooter, contact Alvendia Kelly & Demarest today at 504-200-0000 to schedule a free consultation.

In 2003, after being dissatisfied with the quality of legal care for victims of car accidents, Roderick ‘Rico’ Alvendia sought to establish a new firm focused on providing high-quality legal services to aid injured victims and their families. J. Bart Kelly, sharing Rico’s passion for upholding justice, joined the firm later that year, and established a partnership.

  • They helped me with every need possible. The back issues I had could have been much worse if they didn’t step in and help me. Bart, Megan, and all the people that work for this legal team are amazing. I would recommend them to anyone. Thank you all for helping me each step of the way. I can’t thank these people enough.

    - T. Gibson-Warren

  • I want to thank the whole team for all your help and persistence with my settlement. I truly appreciate.

    - A. Alfortish

  • Great experiences every time I need you guys. I always recommend your firm.

    - W. Young

  • Bart and his team were wonderful to work with. It was clear that their vision and determination to fight for our case, is why we were able to reach a settlement, where my previous attorney was not.

    - C. Perez

  • Bart Kelly and his legal team reevaluated my case after another attorney backed away from a legal challenge, I just want to say Thank You to mr kelly and his team for the hard work and dedication to my case to make it successful . Thank You

    - N. Gex

  • Attorney Kelly is an impeccable attorney. He has represented me extremely well. I was very, very, very pleased with the outcome of my settlement. He’s highly recommended … to give assistance to anyone. I thank him for his services and I’m super elated over the way he handled the case. He is a phenomenal lawyer.

    - S. Spears

  • I’ve learned the importance of having good coverage insurance, thanks to Mr. Kelly explaining everything to me. We do not hope or wait for accidents, but rest assured that I will call Mr. Kelly again if I need his services. Thank you.

    - Ann Zimmer

  • Being represented by Mr. Kelly and his legal team was a very awesome experience. They were very patient and they worked really hard in resolving my case. I would most definitely refer them to all my friends and associates. Thank you very much.

    - Nathaniel Bonney

  • I am very grateful for Mr. Bart’s assistance. He was very professional and fair. I never felt like a client with him. I always felt like a close friend. Also, I would like to thank everyone in the office for being friendly, kind, and for helping me.

    - Glac Mantuso

  • Just want to say thanks a lot because I received way more than I expected. You guys did a wonderful job of getting the max for myself and my family. Everyone I met or spoke to on the phone was really professional and nice. Once again, thanks a lot.

    - Jessica Quinn

  • J. Bart Kelly is the best attorney I have ever met. He is intelligent, caring, understanding, and knows how to protect his clients. I love his strong take-charge attitude to fight for what is right.

    - Teri Haas

  • My lawyer took the time to explain everything in a clear and concise manner. I’ve been treated fairly and with the utmost respect. I am very appreciative of all of the staff at AKD for their services.

    - James Barber

  • I am grateful for the way that my case was handled. Thanks.

    - Darryl Hill

  • Thanks to Bart and Meg. Fantastic group of people and team. Love you guys.

    - Claudine Hope

  • I was involved in a terrible accident and had a lot of serious injuries. I was so happy that Bart (and his team, including his nurse paralegal) was my attorney. The results were much more than expected as far as the settlement. Thanks.

    - Karen Bourgeois

  • I received exceptional service from the law office of Bart Kelly. He is a great attorney who cares about what you are going through, and I am very pleased with the outcome.

    - Melissa Sanchez

View all