The decision by City Hall in New Orleans to not be a part of an e-scooter pilot program looks to be a smart one. After months of deliberating and contemplating potential laws and regulations, the city said thanks but no thanks.

Now there is study conducted by the Public Health and Transportation departments as well as the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified 271 scooter-related injuries between September 5 and November 30 of 2018 in Austin, Texas. The study is based on:

  • 182,333 hours of scooter use
  • 891,121 miles ridden
  • 936,110 e-scooter trips

Amongst all these hours and miles is the fact that users are hurting themselves and others. The alarming statistics include:

  • 20 injuries per 100,000 trips
  • Nearly half of those injuries involve the head
  • 15 percent of the injured involved traumatic brain injuries
  • One in 190 injured riders wore a helmet
  • Half of the injuries were defined as serious, involving bone fractures or nerve, tendon or ligament injuries

Scooters popularity is growing

We do not have scooter ride shares at this time, but there is still a large jump in the number of scooter users. Those riders injured due to the negligence of others or pedestrians hit on the sidewalk or street by scooter riders are advised to contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney here in Covington. These legal professional can help secure compensation to help cover time away from work, medical expenses, property damage and related medical expenses that may not be covered by insurance.