According to a study published by JAMA Network Open, nearly 30,000 e-scooter riders visited emergency departments across the United States in 2019 for injuries related to the two-wheeled vehicles. Between 2014 and 2019, there were more than 70,000 trips to emergency rooms nationwide that were linked with e-scooter usage.
In 2014, there were fewer than 5,000 scooter-related injuries that were severe enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room. Since then, the numbers have significantly increased. To gather the data, researchers analyzed information on electric scooter use and ER visits between 2014 and 2019 from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s national electronic injury surveillance system.
Dr. Eric Wagner, a co-author of the study and director of upper extremity surgery research at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, discussed his experience with e-scooter accident patients: “I probably operate on at least two to three people that have scooter injuries every month, especially during the summer months. These injuries are increasing and they aren’t benign. Many of them are fractures, many of them are head injuries, and some of the head injuries require hospital admission, which means that they’re very severe.”
Of the nearly 30,000 ER trips linked to scooter usage in 2019, over 8,000 involved fractured bones and more than 4,000 were for traumatic brain injuries or concussions. According to the data, the head was the most common site of injury. Nearly nine percent of patients who visited hospitals admitted to using alcohol or drugs prior to their accidents. Men between the ages of 15 to 39 accounted for the greatest increase in injuries over the course of those six years.
As e-scooters continue to grow in popularity, the nation is faced with a growing public health problem. Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency medicine physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, agreed that people underestimate the dangers of electric scooters and their potential speed. In order to reduce accident rates, Glatter believes increased regulations are the answer:
“Increased regulations are necessary to protect citizens from the dangers associated with this new mode of transportation. This includes mandatory helmet use, enforcement of laws against operating them under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and a requirement that all riders take a safety course before operating them.”
If you’ve been involved in an e-scooter accident, you may not have been at fault for what happened. If that’s the case, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim to seek compensation for your losses. We understand how quickly accident-related expenses can add up—especially in the event you need to take time off of work. In order to recover as fully as possible and get your life back in order, you’ll benefit from working an attorney from the Rideshare Law Group. Contact us today to learn more.