The use of micromobility products, like e-scooters, has increased significantly in the past few years as a result of advancements in battery technology and the growing popularity of commercial ridesharing services. Vehicles like electric scooters are perceived as eco-friendly, convenient, and cost-effective. Unfortunately, as more riders are using these devices, accidents rates are climbing.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published an analysis, “Micromobility Products-Related Deaths, Injuries, and Hazard Patterns: 2017-2019,” which shows the number of electric scooter-related injuries and deaths are increasing.
In regard to injuries and fatalities, the study notes the following:
- E-scooters resulted in an estimated total of 50,000 emergency department visits from 2017 through 2019.
- Annually, estimated visits for the three years were 7,700, 14,500, and 27,700, respectively.
- Fractures and contusions or abrasions were the most common injuries.
- The upper and lower limbs, as well as the head and neck, were the most frequently injured body parts.
- Most of the injuries were a result of unspecified falls.
- Approximately 90 percent of accident victims were treated and released from emergency rooms. Seven percent were treated and admitted or transferred to another hospital. The remaining three percent were held for observation, left without being seen, or died from their injures.
- CPSC is aware of 27 fatalities related to electric scooters over that three-year span.
- An estimated nine of those deaths occurred on dockless or rental scooters.
Of the 140 follow-up in-depth investigations CPSC conducted on the accidents, 37 involved e-scooters. Of those accidents, 32 involved dockless or rental vehicles. In nearly half of the accidents, brake problems were noted as the primary hazard. Speed was also a notable hazard. Other hazards noted include unexpected power loss, fire hazards, multiple product-related issues, miscellaneous product-related problems, human and environmental factors, and unknown factors. Most accidents occurred on streets or highways.
Acting CPSC chairman Robert Adler released the following statement regarding the accidents and injuries: “Remember, many accidents can be prevented by simply slowing down. Always wear a helmet, be aware of your surroundings, and be prepared to stop.”
If you’ve been involved in an e-scooter accident, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. The lawyers from the Rideshare Law Group can help. We have extensive experience representing accident victims and we’re prepared to take on your case next. Contact us today for more information.