Are electric scooters really that dangerous?

E-scooters have been around for a while now, with a wide variety of makes and models available to rent or buy. Some people say these scooters are an easy, environmentally-friendly way to get around. But others argue that they’re dangerous to the community.

There have been lots of reports of e-scooter injuries, so are they really that dangerous?

Can e-scooters lead to injuries?

According to a Trauma Surgery and Acute Care Open study on motorized scooters, out of 103 patients admitted to the hospital, only two of them were wearing helmets. Over 49 patients had a BAC level above the legal limit. The most common types of injuries were face and head injuries. Although researches are ongoing, it seems that injuries could be the result of a rider’s carelessness rather than a scooter's malfunction.

Are e-scooters even legal?

During e-scooters’ popularity around 2017 to early 2019, the Governor of New Jersey decided to come up with a regulatory plan before complications occurred. On May 13, 2019, the governor along with the New Jersey’s state legislature, signed into legislation (S731) that these new motorized vehicles will be allowed on New Jersey roads. The chairwoman of Bolt Mobility corporation went on to state that legalizing e-scooters bring us “safe and sustainable mobility solutions.” While some people might be happy with the new and easy way to get around, others might have serious complaints.

Are community members safe?

New Jersey law allows e-scooters with a 20-mph capacity and subjects them to follow bicycle laws. But careless riders who drink or ignore the rules could still cause serious injuries. A mother in Hoboken, New Jersey was hit in September by an e-scooter rider. The mother and her three-month-old both sustained minor injuries. Pedestrians need to watch out for lawless scooter riders who could cost them time in the hospital and expensive medical bills.

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