Electric scooters are becoming an increasingly popular, inexpensive way to navigate major cities all over the United States. This new form of transportation comes with risks many users do not think about.
Since e-scooter rentals do not include a helmet or other protective gear, falls or any accidents have the potential to cause severe damage.
1. Internal organ injuries
Internal organ injuries were among the most common injuries to riders on electric scooters. Brain injuries and other internal organ injuries were 32.5% of electric scooter injuries, and so many physicians express concern for individuals riding the scooters and for those on the sidewalk since the scooters often go up to 30 miles per hour.
A recent study conducted by the Henry Ford Health System found that one-third of patients injured by electric scooters suffered head trauma. Many riders have difficulty stopping while navigating sidewalks or fall while maneuvering due to uneven surfaces. Symptoms of a concussion include confusion, headaches, ringing ears, nausea and dizziness.
3. Head and neck fractures
Individuals who sustain neck fractures from an e-scooter accident may experience pain and stiffness in their necks. Symptoms also include difficulty standing, reduced overall mobility and reduced muscle power. In extreme cases, paralysis may result. Children and the elderly are the most prone to head and neck fractures after a serious scooter accident.
Overall, to reduce serious injuries, e-scooter users should take safety precautions such as wearing appropriate clothing and a helmet, following local traffic laws and understanding the features of the scooter they are riding.