People are getting injured while using electric scooters. This shouldn’t come as a massive shock to anybody who has observed the explosion of dockless, shareable two-wheelers over the past year and a half. However, the degree to which individuals are breaking bones and suffering head injuries is warning public health officers who published research into e-scooter-associated accidents on Thursday.
The study, which was performed by the Public Health and Transportation departments in Austin, in connection with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recognized a total of 271 individuals with scooter-associated accidents from September 5 to November 30, 2018. The CDC published the research at its Epidemic Intelligence Service conference in Atlanta.
Throughout the research period, there were a total of 182,333 hours of e-scooter use, 891,121 miles ridden on e-scooters, and 936,110 e-scooter journeys. The analysis crew calculated that there were 20 people injured per 100,000 e-scooter journeys taken in the course of the three-month interval.
Of these injured riders, nearly half sustained head accidents. 15% witnessed traumatic brain injuries. These accidents could have been averted using a helmet; however, merely one of 190 injured scooter riders were using one.
Dockless electrical scooters and bikes have developed into a phenomenon in quite a few cities and colleges as enterprise capitalists have spent money into a number of startups like Bird and Lime. The scooter growth has even attracted ride-hail players like Uber and Lyft, which need to offset their contribution to rising traffic congestion by changing quick automotive rides with bike and scooter journeys. They’re wildly popular, too: 38.5 million journeys have been taken on shared scooters throughout dozens of US cities in 2018, according to the National Association of City Transportation Officials.
There’s a notion that most scooter accidents happen at night time; however, the research reveals that less than half (39%) occurred within the hours between 6 PM and 6 AM. A further 20% occurred throughout morning and night rush hours, and 22% occurred throughout work hours.