How safe are motor scooters? Motor scooters are an efficient, expedient, and cost-effective option for people looking to run errands, commute to work, and visit friends. But, are they safe? The reality is that this mode of transportation is one of the most dangerous on the road. They offer little protection against injuries, and they're no match for the size and speed of modern trucks and automobiles. When a motor scooter accident happens, it's almost always the rider who ends up on the wrong side of the pavement.
The Micromobility Revolution Isn't Just Spinning Its Wheels
Micromobility via motor scooter rentals is a growing trend that will continue to expand. Faster, easier to park, less expensive to own than an automobile, the appeal is obvious. However, the risks and hazards are not. Indeed, most riders view these as fast, safe, and efficient with little concern about the hazards of traveling 15-20 mph down the sidewalk or bike lane without training or a helmet.
Motor Scooter Accidents & Injuries
From 2014 to 2018, nearly 40,000 broken bones, traumatic head injuries, lacerations, bruises, and other injuries were treated by hospital emergency rooms. In 2014, the rate of injuries from motor scooter accidents rose from 6 per 100,000 to 19 per 100,000. Most of the injured individuals were between the ages of 18 and 34, which is the primary demographic riding these dangerous machines.
More recent data published by the Journal of American Medicine studied 249 patients who were treated in hospital emergency rooms between 2017 and 2018. The data showed that only 4.4% of riders were wearing helmets when their accident occurred. Thus, it's not surprising that 40.2% of the injuries treated were head injuries. 31.7% of injuries were bone fractures, and a total of 27.7% were soft-tissue injuries, including lacerations, bruises, scrapes, strains, sprains, etc.
The Risky Rise of the Scooter
Motor scooter rental companies have popped up across the United States. These include Bird, Lime, and many others. In less than a decade, scooter companies have risen from an idea to become a multi-billion dollar industry. But, it's a loosely regulated industry. This makes it a highly dangerous enterprise that is causing serious harm to users.
Different cities have banned these motor scooter rental services at various times and in different states. In some cases, regulations and rules have been passed that have allowed them to return to the streets. However, these rules still do not require riders to undergo training, nor do they require them to wear helmets and other protective gear while riding.
Scooter Pedestrian Accidents
While cars and trucks may seem to pose the greatest threat to motor scooter riders, only about 10% of accidents involve motor vehicle collisions. Moreover, the data shows that the motor scooter riders pose an equally significant risk to pedestrians.
The data gathered by the Journal of American Medicine showed that in addition to the injuries suffered by scooter riders, nearly 8.4% of those injured were pedestrians, not the scooter operator. These injuries included dislocations, bone fractures, Traumatic Brain Injuries, soft-tissue injuries, lung contusions, and more.
Contact Brad Pistotnik Law at 1-800-241-BRAD or call us on our local line at 316-684-4400. Brad Pistotnik is a motor scooter accident attorney in Kansas who represents riders and pedestrians who are injured in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Texas. It is our pleasure to schedule a free consultation with you. You can call Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can reach Tony Atterbury on his cell at 316-617-9237.