If you enjoy riding an e-scooter, it is crucial to realize the different risk factors that could cause you to become injured. For example, you could become involved in a traffic accident if you ride on the road or near vehicles (such as a parking lot). While using an e-scooter or another micromobility device (such as a hoverboard or an e-bike), you are particularly vulnerable should an accident take place.
Sadly, data shows that an increasing number of people have sustained injuries as a result of accidents involving e-scooters.
Statistics on e-scooter injuries and emergency treatment
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has published unsettling statistics on e-scooter accidents resulting in injuries. According to CPSC data, e-scooter injuries requiring emergency treatment rose between 2017 and 2020. In 2017, e-scooter injuries led to 7,700 emergency room visits, and this increased to 25,400 in 2020.
The CPSC states that e-scooter accident victims often sustain injuries involving their head, neck, upper limbs and lower limbs.
E-scooter accident risk factors
The CPSC outlines several risk factors associated with e-scooter accidents. Mechanical and electrical issues cause many accidents, and it is important to check for damage and inspect an e-scooter before riding (such as looking at the brakes, tires, lights, frame, handlebars and throttle).
The CPSC also notes that human error causes e-scooter accidents, and this includes negligent drivers. Even if you prioritize safety and do everything you can to avoid an accident, a drunk or distracted driver could hit you. If an e-scooter accident caused by a negligent driver has left you injured, hold the driver answerable.