In recent years, micromobility products (such as e-scooters, hoverboards and e-bikes) have become increasingly popular. Unfortunately, with more people using these devices, an increasing number of people have become hurt in micromobility accidents. It is very important for those who use e-scooters, e-bikes and hoverboards to understand the risks they face around moving vehicles. Likewise, drivers should remain alert and look out for those on micromobility devices.
Regrettably, statistics show a significant increase in injuries involving the use of these products.
Micromobility accident injuries have gone up
The Consumer Product Safety Commission states that emergency department visits due to micromobility injuries increased 70% from 2017 to 2020. In 2017, these accidents sent 34,000 people to emergency departments, compared to 57,800 in 2020.
Furthermore, e-scooter accidents represent a significant proportion of this increase. In 2017, e-scooter accidents resulted in 7,700 emergency department visits, and this went up to 25,400 in 2020.
The aftermath of a micromobility accident
The CPSC says that many micromobility users involved in accidents suffer injuries involving their head, neck, lower limbs and upper limbs. When a car hits someone on a micromobility product, the rider becomes particularly vulnerable in comparison to a passenger vehicle occupant. In the event of a serious injury, the victim could struggle with intense pain, the inability to work, financial hardships due to medical expenses and many other problems.
Unfortunately, many micromobility accidents take place because of reckless drivers, such as those who speed, text behind the wheel or operate a vehicle while under the influence.