In recent years, an increasing number of people have started using electric scooters. Some people ride e-scooters to work every single day, while others enjoy these micro-mobility devices from time to time. It is essential for those who use electric scooters as well as drivers, motorcyclists and bicyclists to focus on safety, accident prevention and the consequences of an accident.
Sadly, an increasing number of people have sustained serious injuries due to e-scooter accidents. Those using an e-scooter become particularly vulnerable when a collision involving a much larger vehicle occurs.
Data on e-scooter accidents
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission published information on e-scooter accidents and this data shows a surge in the number of people injured in these incidents. According to the CPSC, e-scooter injuries increased by 66% from 2020 to 2021. During 2021, an estimated 42,200 e-scooter accidents caused injuries that resulted in emergency department treatment. In comparison, e-scooter injuries resulted in an estimated 7,700 emergency department visits in 2017.
Between 2017 and 2021, electric scooter accidents resulted in 117,600 emergency department visits, based on estimates.
Preventing e-scooter accidents
On the road, those using e-scooters should remain vigilant and look out for other vehicles. Reflective vests, blinking lights and headlamps can help drivers see those using e-scooters. Likewise, drivers should exercise caution around people riding e-scooters and carefully follow traffic safety guidelines.
Tragically, irresponsible drivers (such as those who drive drunk) continue to collide with many people riding electric scooters, and they should face consequences for their actions.