If you love getting around the city with an electric scooter, you might be in for a surprise when you see the following news. Researchers claim that thousands of people end up in hospitals, and even more people get hurt, using these devices. Now, the electronic scooters are being blamed for tens of thousands of injuries all over the United States.
Many cities opted to bring these scooters into their boundaries and to rent them through phone apps. The idea is that these rental scooters make it easier to get around the city without a car. The problem is that they can be dangerous and lead to a greater number of traffic accidents and injuries.
E-scooters are becoming popular, and over time, more people will be hurt in line with the total number of scooters being rented. Interestingly, e-scooter users do tend to be hurt around the same rate as bicyclists, but they are at a lower risk of injuries than car drivers. Still, there were eight deaths tied to e-scooter use in 2017 through 2019.
Based on studies, it appears that there are approximately 20 injuries per every 100,000 rides. Around a third of those who ended up in the emergency room did report head injuries, which is more than double the rate of those riding bicycles. This could be due to the fact that many e-scooters are rented without helmets.
If you are hit by a car or get hurt because of a defective e-scooter, you could be in a position to make a claim. Your injuries should be accounted for, so you can fight for compensation and focus on healing.