Electric scooters are a fun mode of transportation that is growing in popularity, especially in tourism and in cities where cheap transportation is in demand. Riding on one of these scooters may seem risk-free, but in reality, it can come with certain risks. In fact, for every 100,000 elective scooter trips, approximately 20 people suffer injuries.
Scooters can be enjoyable, but it is not always easy to maintain balance. People on scooters are also vulnerable to injuries in accidents involving careless drivers. There is growing evidence that suggests that riding an e-scooter may not be as much of a carefree activity as it is a growing public safety concern. When e-scooter accidents happen, what kind of injuries do people often suffer, and who is really to blame for them?
Is it worth the risk?
The most common injuries people suffer in e-scooter incidents can be more serious than you may presume. Head injuries are common, and any blow to the head comes with the risk of concussion and other types of damage. A recent study looked into the growing popularity of e-scooter use and the growing number of injuries people are suffering while riding them. In this study, about half of the people injured on e-scooters suffered head injuries. Of that number, about fifteen percent were traumatic brain injuries.
One reason for the high number of head injuries people suffer while riding these vehicles is that e-scooter riders often do not wear helmets. In addition to the potential head injury a person may suffer in an e-scooter accident, common scooter injuries include:
- Bone fractures
- Tendon, nerve or ligament damage
- Organ damage
- Severe bleeding
Are you an e-scooter accident victim?
There is also reason to believe that scooter use and scooter-related injuries will continue to rise as many companies have implemented share programs that allow users to pay online and use e-scooters to travel short distances in congested areas. Accidents of this kind may continue to be a safety concern for years to come.
If you suffered injuries in an accident that occurred on an e-scooter, you may have grounds for a civil claim. It is possible your accident was the result of factors beyond your control, and it may be possible to hold liable parties accountable. If you are not certain, you may want to speak about your case with an experienced Illinois personal injury attorney.