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
A study found that the most common electronic scooter injuries are caused by falls from electronic scooters. Collisions with objects and being hit by a moving vehicle or object also made the list.
Electronic scooter riders also have to worry about damaged scooters. A recent story out of Fort Lauderdale shared an even more alarming story of a man who was cutting electronic scooter brake wires.
Cities with electronic scooters include:
- Fort Lauderdale
- Washington D.C.
- New York
- Los Angeles
- Saint Louis
- Santa Barbara
- Columbus Ohio
- Oklahoma City
- Green Bay