Electronic scooters are wreaking havoc across the country. Many cities are struggling with figuring out how to regulate and police scooters when they are in and out of use. While legislators scramble to catch up, electronic scooter users, pedestrians and drivers are being injured.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that for every 100,000 electronic scooter trips, 20 riders are being injured. There is little to no training processes for users who can find themselves in dangerous situations. Drivers and bicycle riders who are not used to electronic scooters being on the road or sidewalks can also run into problems.
Electronic scooters cause serious injuries including:
- Serious cuts, sprains and bruises
- Broken bones and bone fractures
- Head trauma
- Back injuries
Because these rental scooters are relatively new and are rapidly spreading around the country, many cities have yet to develop rules to regulate their use and ensure the safety of scooter riders, motorists, and pedestrians.