In just one year, almost 250 people in Southern California were taken to emergency rooms with bruises, bumps, broken bones and even head trauma obtained as a result of scooter accidents. Electric scooters are becoming increasingly popular; these quick, efficient modes of transport are easily available for swift rentals. They are often faster and easier than using a car while providing greater automation than a bike. Inexpensive for cheap rentals, you can even have fun when heading out on an e-scooter. Unfortunately, e-scooter riders may face serious dangers, especially when confronted with negligent or dangerous drivers in larger, heavier vehicles.
E-Scooters can be surprisingly dangerous
Most e-scooter riders do not wear helmets. This may come as no surprise. After all, you typically hop on an e-scooter after securing a rental on an app, and you’re unlikely to carry a scooter helmet with you. Many scooter users are careful, safe drivers. While the vehicles are light, youthful and fun to use, the biggest threat to riders comes from other negligent drivers on the road whose cars and trucks carry a serious punch when they crash into a scooter user. If you are injured in a scooter crash, you may face another unpleasant surprise: Many auto insurance policies do not cover scooter use and associated injuries.
Scooter injuries can be life-changing
You may have noticed that some drivers seem to hate the scooters, shaking fists at them or knocking them over on the sidewalk. Some may wonder if this type of attitude may lead to more aggressive driving around scooters. Regardless of the reasons, however, scooter crashes can be devastating. Riders who are not wearing helmets can suffer severe head injuries, including traumatic brain damage with lifelong effects. Others may face broken bones or soft tissue injuries requiring ongoing, costly treatment.
Whether you regularly use an e-scooter or are just considering driving one, it is important to understand proper safety practices. Wearing a helmet can decrease the risk of serious injuries. If you have been injured in a scooter crash caused by someone else, you may wish to consult a personal injury attorney about your options to seek compensation.