Electric scooters (or e-scooters) appear to be everywhere. Injuries to pedestrians and those who ride e-scooters are increasing. Many are serious and even fatal.
One doctor who was involved in a study of e-scooter-related injuries between 2014 and 2020 says, “We found that the injury rate of people riding these electric scooters was actually higher than an injury rate for people that ride motorcycles.” That was in Southern California, where e-scooters are ridden all year long. However, even in Connecticut, we can’t underestimate the dangers they pose.
The dangers for pedestrians
Because of the speed that e-scooters can travel, pedestrians who are crossing the street often can’t get out of the way nor can e-scooter riders stop in time to avoid a collision. One emergency medicine physician says that many of the pedestrians he has treated after collisions with e-scooter riders “have sustained head injuries, lacerations, concussions, internal organ injuries and extremity fractures.” Of course, those who are knocked off an e-scooter can suffer the same injuries.
Are more regulations needed?
With the price of gas and just maintaining a car increasing, we’re probably going to be seeing more e-scooters than ever. Physicians and safety advocates are seeking stricter regulations, including mandatory safety courses. Safety advocates also want law enforcement agencies to crack down on people riding while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Both contribute to many e-scooter collisions.
If you or a loved one has been injured by an e-scooter rider or while on an e-scooter, don’t underestimate the severity of the injuries or the medical and other expenses you may be dealing with. Having sound legal guidance can help ensure that you get the compensation to which you’re entitled.