If you use an e-scooter, e-bike or hoverboard, it is crucial to recognize the risks that you face while riding the device, especially near traffic. Whether you use one of these devices to go to work because it is a convenient method of transportation or you like to ride an e-scooter for fun, you could encounter various hazards on the road.
Unfortunately, data shows that an increasing number of people sustain serious injuries while riding e-scooters. It is pivotal for drivers and those who use micromobility products to recognize hazards, focus on prevention and review the prevalence of injuries attributed to these accidents.
Data on e-scooter accidents
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission states that micromobility device injuries went up by 127% between 2017 and 2021. E-scooters accounted for a majority of these injuries, and 56% involved those using an e-scooter they owned while 44% involved those renting an e-scooter.
Risks associated with e-scooters
The CPSC notes that since e-scooters are often quiet, small and fast, drivers can have difficulty seeing those using these devices. Many accidents take place in parking lots, and you should always inspect your device before riding (such as checking the brakes, lights, tires, bell, handlebars and throttle).
You should anticipate that drivers cannot see you and avoid moving in an unpredictable manner. Watch out for hazards such as uneven surfaces and remain vigilant whenever you ride. Unfortunately, you could become involved in an accident regardless of the precautionary measures you take. If the negligence of a driver caused you to suffer an injury while riding an e-scooter, explore your options.