USA- Usatoday.com writes that electronic scooters are leading to problems, dangers, and controversy in many cities across the nation. The use of such devices has been increasing, and with it, the number of injuries has been spiking. Over the course of four years, the number of injury reports jumped by triple
The study looked at scooter use and injuries from 2014 through 2018. Close to 40,000 reported injuries took place in that time period, including head trauma, broken bones, bruises, cuts, and scrapes. The national rate of scooter injuries increased from six injuries per 100,000 people to nineteen.
The victims’ ages were mostly between eighteen and 34, and many of those who were hurt did not require hospitalization.
A study conducted on the rapid growth of injuries led researchers to state that safety measures and regulations are needed in order to make scooter riding safer for the public.
So far, there have even been over a dozen fatal scooter accidents in the United States.
Scooter rentals throughout the nation have led to the rise in injuries. In some locations, officials have taken steps such as banning the use of scooters at night in an effort to curb the number of injuries. Another issue is that with people using the sidewalks to ride on or to leave scooters on, pedestrians are facing issues with the scooters as well.
Scooters are not all bad, though, as one of the authors pointed out, they could cut traffic congestion and lead to more active commuting. The issue is that riders need to have a better understanding of how to use scooters safely. One important factor is that all riders should use helmets whenever traveling by scooter.
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