Florida Electric Scooter Accident Lawyer Serving Victims and Families
Electric scooters (or eScooters) present a variety of safety risks for riders. A study co-published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Austin Public Health in 2019 found a direct and immediate correlation between the introduction of rentable eScooters and an increase in scooter-related injuries. According to the study:
“Concurrently with [eScooters’] appearance, doctors at local hospitals and the local emergency medical services began observing injuries associated with this emerging mode of transportation. This was not unique to Austin. In January 2019, researchers from Los Angeles, California published findings characterizing injuries associated with e-scooter use among patients seen at two emergency departments.”
While the study found a significant increase in the number of scooter-related hospitalizations over the three-month period following the introduction of rentable eScooters in Austin, the authors also noted that the study, “likely underestimates the prevalence of e-scooter related injuries.”
5 Known Serious and Fatal Injury Risks Associated with Electric Scooters
According to the CDC’s study, five of the most-common factors involved in electronic scooter accidents resulting in hospitalizations are:
1. Excessive Speed
Modern electric scooters are designed to travel at up to 15 miles per hour. This is more than enough speed to cause traumatic injuries in the event of a crash. According to the study, 37 percent of scooter accident victims reported that excessive scooter speed was a contributing factor of their injuries.
2. Lack of Experience
The CDC and Austin Public Health concluded that, “a third of the interviewed riders were injured during their first e-scooter ride[; and, overall], 63% of the injured riders had ridden an e-scooter nine times or fewer before injury.” Critically, while the study acknowledges that riders are provided with access to training on eScooter use via rental companies’ phone apps, it also notes that “additional training may be necessary” in order to protect inexperienced riders.
3. Lack of Safety Protections
“Almost half of the injured riders in th[e] study sustained an injury to the head. A traumatic brain injury was experienced by 15%.” Despite the speed at which electronic scooters can travel and the fact that most renters are not experienced riders, eScooter rental companies do not provide helmets or other safety equipment with their scooters.
4. Traffic Congestion
One in 10 electronic scooter accidents involves a collision with a motor vehicle. Electronic scooter accidents tend to be concentrated around downtown areas where riders may be forced to cope with heavy traffic congestion.
5. Unfamiliarity for Drivers
According to the CDC, “continuing education for motorized vehicle drivers and e-scooter riders is needed to prevent collisions.” In cases involving vehicle collisions, it appears that drivers may be unsure of what to do when they encounter electronic scooters on the road.
Speak with an eScooter Accident Lawyer about Your Legal Rights
Have you or a loved one been injured in an electronic scooter accident? If so, we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation about your legal rights. To find out if you may be entitled to financial compensation, call 954-764-4849 or inquire online now.