If you enjoy riding an e-scooter, or another micromobility product such as a hoverboard or e-bike, it is crucial to recognize the many risks that you face. Accidents involving these products can occur for a wide variety of reasons, from mechanical failure to the negligence of another person. Sadly, many people suffer injuries while using e-scooters and e-bikes because of reckless drivers.
It is very important to understand the risk factors that cause these accidents and go over statistical data on these accidents in order to understand how prevalent they actually are.
The prevalence of micromobility accidents
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, accidents involving micromobility products such as e-scooters, e-bikes and hoverboards resulted in over 190,000 ER visits between 2017 and 2020. Accidents that involved e-scooters accounted for a significant proportion of this increase, rising from 7,700 ER visits in 2017 to 25,400 ER visits in 2020.
The consequences of a micromobility accident
The USCPSC reports that micromobility product accidents often cause head, neck, upper limb and lower limb injuries. If you suffer an injury while using an e-scooter, you could become sidelined from work, struggle with hospital expenses and have long-term difficulties as a result of immobility. If you become involved in a traffic accident while using one of these products, you are particularly vulnerable.
Unfortunately, careless drivers cause many of these accidents, such as those who speed, use an electronic device while driving or drive drunk. If a micromobility accident has left you with serious injuries, you need to take a close look at all of your options.