Whether you enjoy riding an e-bike, e-scooter or hoverboard, it is important to understand the risks that you face whenever you ride near traffic. If you become involved in an accident while riding one of these micromobility devices, you are especially vulnerable, and you could sustain devastating injuries. Aside from broken bones, brain trauma and other injuries, you could have emotional hardships and financial strain due to medical costs, missing work or rehabilitation.
Reviewing statistics and risk factors regarding micromobility devices and traffic accidents can provide a better understanding of this serious issue.
Data on injuries due to micromobility accidents
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that in recent years, an increasing number of people needed emergency treatment as a result of accidents involving micromobility devices. In fact, emergency department visits resulting from e-scooter accidents increased from 7,700 in 2017 to 25,400 in 2020.
Between 2017 and 2020, micromobility accidents led to over 190,000 emergency department visits, and these visits increased by 70% from 2017 to 2020.
The impact of micromobility accidents
The CPSC reports that micromobility accidents often lead to upper and lower limb, head and neck injuries. Sometimes, these accidents prove fatal. If you suffer an injury while riding a micromobility device, you could have to take time off work, leading to lost wages. You could face immediate hardships (such as physical pain) and long-term challenges (like immobility and brain damage).
If you have sustained an injury because a negligent driver struck you while you were riding a micromobility device, you need to hold them answerable for their actions.