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5 Common Injuries from a Scooter Crash in Atlanta

Atlanta’s streets have seen a surge in popularity of e-scooters. These zippy little vehicles offer a convenient and eco-friendly way to navigate the city, but they also come with inherent risks. Scooting through a bustling city environment exposes you to potential hazards, and without the protection of a car, even a minor accident can lead to serious injuries.

In this blog we’ll share the 5 most common injuries people sustain in scooter crashes in Atlanta. By understanding these risks, you can make informed choices and take safety precautions to minimize the chance of getting hurt.

If you’ve been injured in a scooter crash due to another’s negligence, reach out to the scooter accident lawyers at Greathouse Trial Law in Atlanta. We’re here to answer any questions and determine whether you have a case. Call us at (678) 310-2827 to schedule your free consultation.

What is a Scooter?

In Atlanta, you will find a variety of electric scooters available for rent through companies like Bird and Lime. These are dockless scooters, meaning you can find them parked around the city, rent them with a phone app, and leave them at your destination for the next rider. They are not gas-powered and typically have a smaller frame than traditional motor scooters.

It’s important to note that Atlanta also has regulations in place for these electric scooters. For instance, they cannot be ridden at night between 12:00 AM and 4:00 AM. There are also limitations on speed and where you can ride them. While scooters offer a convenient way to get around, it’s important to be aware of the potential risks. For example, one of the most common injuries sustained in scooter accidents are head injuries.

1. Head Injuries

Scooters offer little to no protection for your head in the event of a crash.  A fall from the scooter itself, or a collision with a car or another object, can easily cause serious head trauma.  These injuries can range from a concussion, which can cause headaches, dizziness, and memory problems, to hematomas (blood clots) and even skull fractures.  The severity of a head injury can significantly impact your life, so prevention is crucial.

The simplest and most effective way to protect your head during a scooter accident is to wear a helmet.  Studies show that helmets significantly reduce the risk and severity of head injuries.  In fact, according to available data, research shows that most scooter accident victims treated for head injuries admitted to not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

2. Road Rash

Road rash is a common and painful consequence of a scooter accident.  It occurs when you scrape or slide across the pavement after a fall. The friction removes the top layers of your skin, leaving behind a raw, exposed wound. Road rash can be incredibly painful and take weeks or even months to heal completely, depending on the severity.

To minimize the risk of road rash, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and gloves whenever you ride a scooter.  These simple measures can significantly reduce the amount of skin exposed in the event of a fall.

3. Broken Bones

The most common broken bones from scooter accidents typically occur in the arms, legs, and wrists.  These fractures can happen in a variety of ways, from a fall where you try to catch yourself to a collision with another vehicle or object.  The severity of the break will determine the treatment needed, which may involve casting, surgery, or physical therapy.  The healing process can take weeks or even months, depending on the bone and the severity of the break.

Staying aware of your surroundings and riding defensively are the best ways to avoid these types of injuries.  Be mindful of road conditions, watch out for other vehicles and pedestrians, and avoid riding under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

4. Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries, such as sprains, strains, and muscle tears, are also frequent occurrences in scooter accidents.  These injuries happen when ligaments, tendons, or muscles are stretched or torn beyond their normal range of motion.  The pain and discomfort caused by soft tissue injuries can significantly limit your range of motion and make everyday activities difficult.

While typically not life-threatening, soft tissue injuries shouldn’t be ignored.  Treatment for these injuries usually involves rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE method) to reduce inflammation and promote healing.  In some cases, physical therapy may be recommended to help regain strength and flexibility.

5. Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are the most devastating consequence of a scooter accident.  The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that carries messages between your brain and the rest of your body.  Damage to the spinal cord can cause paralysis, loss of sensation, and other debilitating problems.  In severe cases, spinal cord injuries can be fatal.

There is no cure for spinal cord injuries, and treatment focuses on managing the symptoms and improving quality of life.  The potential consequences of a spinal cord injury are life-altering, so it’s essential to prioritize safety whenever you ride a scooter.

Ride Responsibly, Arrive Safely

In this blog, we’ve covered the five most common injuries associated with scooter accidents in Atlanta.  By understanding these risks and taking safety precautions, you can significantly reduce your chances of getting hurt.  Here’s a quick recap: wear a helmet every time you ride, dress appropriately with long clothing, stay aware of your surroundings, and avoid distractions while riding. Equipping yourself with knowledge and practicing safe riding habits are the best   ways to ensure a fun and injury-free scooting experience in Atlanta.

See below for more information on safe scooter riding practices or to find resources:

Let’s Keep the Conversation Going

We hope this blog has given you valuable information about the importance of safety while riding a scooter.  Here at Greathouse Trial Law, we believe in promoting responsible scooting habits for a fun and injury-free experience for everyone.

So, have you had any positive or negative experiences riding a scooter in Atlanta? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.  Let’s keep the conversation going about scooter safety and how we can all share the road responsibly.

Educational Resources

The City of Atlanta website offers the following helpful resources:

#ScootSmart Educational Flyer

Scoot Smart Kick Off Video


How To Ride a Scooter

Move Smart: An Enforcement Officer’s Guide to Creating Safer Streets for People Who Walk, Bike, or Scoot in Atlanta. 


Get the Help You Need After an Atlanta Scooter Crash

If you’ve been injured in a scooter crash in Atlanta due to someone else’s negligence, Greathouse Trial Law can help. Our experienced Atlanta injury lawyers can: investigate your accident and determine liability, gather evidence to support your claim, negotiate with insurance companies to maximize your compensation, and represent you in court, if necessary.

We understand the physical, emotional, and financial challenges of recovering from a scooter accident. Let us handle the legal side of things so you can focus on healing. Contact Greathouse Trial Law today at (678) 310-2827 to schedule your free consultation with a scooter accident attorney. If more convenient, you can also reach out to us by completing our online form. Let us help you navigate the legal complexities and maximize your potential compensation.

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