According to a new joint study by the road safety institute VIAS and five Belgian hospitals, an e-scooter rider is hospitalized on average once per week, with common injuries including broken jaws and head trauma.
In the majority of accidents, the e-scooter rider was the only person involved. Typically, they were inexperienced or first-time riders between the ages of 20 and 40 years old. In addition to broken jaws and head injuries, other common injuries included fractured wrists and lesions to the abdomen resulting from the impact to the belly against the scooter’s steering wheel.
The VIAS also noted that the majority of emergency room trips resulting from e-scooter accidents involved riders not wearing helmets. Individuals who owned e-scooters were more likely to use safety gear than those who rented public scooters. Renters were more likely to “underestimate the risks and adopt a slightly riskier behavior.”
While most e-scooter accidents took place during the day in areas with heavy and mixed traffic, a number occurred in the later hours and involved riders who were under the influence of alcohol. Just like with driving a car, alcohol consumption severely impairs a rider’s ability to control an e-scooter—which increases the risk of an accident happening.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the rideshare industry and reduced ridership, experts in the industry are projecting a significant boost in e-scooter usage as restrictions lift around the United States. As such, it’s important for e-scooter riders, drivers, and pedestrians to be aware of the dangers of acting negligently.
E-scooter riders have to be aware of the dangers of operating such a device and how to avoid them. This includes following the rules of the road, obeying any requirements per the company they are renting the vehicle from, and wearing protective gear like a helmet. Additionally, drivers need to be on the lookout for e-scooters. Because the vehicles are still fairly new to many locations, drivers may not be aware of their presence. As a result, it’s more likely for a collision to happen.
If you’ve been injured in an e-scooter accident, the Rideshare Law Group can help. We guide rideshare accident victims through the personal injury claims process to help them recover compensation for their losses. The sooner you get in touch with our law firm, the better your chances are of receiving a full and fair monetary award for your crash.