Studies Investigate the Safety Risks of E-ScootersMarch 20, 2019
E-Scooters have been growing in popularity in recent years, particularly in cities across the country. Lime and Bird are two e-scooter start-up companies whose dockless scooters are popping up in cities such as Austin, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. People who use e-scooters say that they appreciate this latest transportation option because it is fun, affordable, and environmentally responsible. However, there is a growing concern over the safety risks associated with e-scooters. After a series of e-scooter accidents in Austin, Texas, the Austin Public Health and the Austin Transportation Department urged the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address the issue, who recently launched a study examining e-scooter accidents.
According to the manager of the Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit with Austin Public Health, it is important to identify the risk factors for e-scooter injuries, the severity of the injuries, and why customers are getting hurt. The manager, along with three CDC epidemiologists, are working together to examine severe e-scooter injuries that occurred in Austin between September and November 2018. They are currently in the process of evaluating the data that was collected, but they did find that e-scooter accidents happen at various times throughout the day, and most accidents occur when the rider hits a bump in the road or loses control of the scooter.
Common Causes of E-Scooter Injuries
San Diego is another city where e-scooters are becoming more widely used. The University of San Diego Medical Center reported that there were 42 patients admitted to its trauma center for e-scooter-related injuries within the past year. Many patients were not wearing a helmet, and close to half were legally drunk. Other healthcare facilities, including UCLA’s medical center in Santa Monica, Ronald Reagan Medical Center, and Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas also reported a rise in e-scooter injuries ranging from facial and orthopedic injuries to severe trauma and head injuries.
Unfortunately, the e-scooter companies do not provide helmets as part of the rental. In addition, scooter riders are not legally required to wear a helmet. Both Lime and Bird emphasize safety on their website and encourage all riders to wear helmets. However, few actually do, since they are not provided or required by law.
Consumer Reports also investigated the rise in e-scooter accidents in the United States. After sending requests for crash data to medical facilities across the country, 23 reported that they treated 1,545 patients for scooter-related injuries over the past year. While Consumer Report’s investigation was limited, since it was not able to measure the average trip length, it suggests that the actual number of e-scooter accidents is likely much higher.
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