Whether you regularly ride an e-scooter for fun or because it is a convenient form of transportation, you need to understand the risks that you face, especially around moving vehicles. If you end up in an e-scooter accident, you could become seriously hurt and the injuries you suffer could impact your life in many ways. For example, you could struggle with medical costs, losing your ability to work and mental trauma.
Sadly, data shows that e-scooter accidents have become particularly prevalent in recent years.
E-scooter accident injuries
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that in 2021, emergency departments treated an estimated 42,200 people due to e-scooter injuries, up 66% in comparison to 2020. Furthermore, estimates show that 7,700 people received emergency department treatment due to e-scooter injuries in 2017, which highlights the significant increase in accidents.
Between 2017 and 2021, an estimated 117,600 emergency department visits occurred as a result of e-scooter accidents.
Other data on e-scooter accidents
Among e-scooter accident victims involved in a 2021 study, 52% wore a helmet when the accident occurred and 74% of the accidents happened on paved roads. 21% said that the accident took place when it was dark or hard to see and 26% held something while using the e-scooter. Rentals represented 44% of e-scooter accidents leading to emergency department trips.
If you sustained an injury while using an e-scooter, it is pivotal to carefully examine the details of the accident. In addition, you should focus on all aspects of your recovery, from your physical and mental health to your financial well-being.