Scooting into Personal Injury
Despite all the posted safety information, training, and age requirements, accidents will still occur. Like driving a car, there is only so much prevention that can be baked into the system itself. Mistakes do happen. Collisions will follow. And injuries may occasionally result. These are simply unfortunate (and unavoidable) facts of modern transportation.
The rise of e-scooters' popularity has, in fact, driven an increasing number of people to the emergency room. A doctor in the Bay Area of California actually reports dealing with nearly a dozen personal injuries related to e-scooters every single week. ABC News reports that Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego has experienced an influx as well: roughly 30 e-scooter personal injury accidents in less than four months. Some estimate that as many as 80 injuries occurred in the downtown San Diego area overall over that same timespan. Of course, adding insult to injury, a man in Los Angeles was charged recently with a DUI while operating one of the many e-scooters seen around the city.
California is not the only state seeing an increase both in e-scooters' use and in their ability to cause harm, though. Baltimore has also approved the driving of e-scooters in its area, and in September of this year, Dallas, Texas, even experienced one death as the result of a shared scooter.