Riding an e-scooter can serve as a fun, convenient and economical method of transportation. Unfortunately, those using e-scooters and other types of micro-mobility devices such as hoverboards and e-bikes are very vulnerable in the event of a motor vehicle collision. It is vital for those who use e-scooters as well as drivers and motorcyclists to understand how often accidents occur and the consequences of these collisions.
In addition, e-scooter riders should go over road safety tips to reduce the chances of becoming involved in a crash.
Data on traffic accidents and e-scooters
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission says that an increasing number of e-scooter riders have suffered injuries and died in traffic crashes in recent years. In 2021, 77,200 people sustained injuries while using micromobility products, a 127% increase from 2017.
Moreover, the surge in micro-mobility product injuries was higher for e-scooter users than those hurt while using e-bikes and hoverboards. During this period, 68 people lost their lives due to e-scooter accidents.
Avoiding a traffic accident while using an e-scooter
The CPSC outlines various traffic safety tips for e-scooter riders. Drivers can have difficulty seeing e-scooters and riders should slow down when necessary, pay attention to surroundings and avoid moving in an unpredictable manner. E-scooter riders can also reduce the chances of a collision by using their horn or bell, paying attention to hazards on the road such as potholes and always riding sober.
Sadly, negligent drivers sometimes collide with e-scooter riders, and they should face consequences for causing an accident.