University researchers find a 222 percent increase in the number of scooter related injuries and hospital admissions between 2014 and 2018.
A team at the University of California San Francisco gathered four years (2014-2018) of e-scooter injury rate data from across the US. The team analyzed both the rate of e-scooter injuries over time and their geographic distribution in the US.
- About 40,000 e-scooter injuries occurred between 2014 and 2018.
- Nearly 80 percent of e-scooter hospital admissions occurred in urban areas.
- E-scooter injury rates increased by 222 percent between 2014 and 2018.
- Fractures, contusions and abrasions, and lacerations were the most common injuries.
Researchers recommended better rider safety measures and regulations, such as increased helmet use to reduce injury rates.
- E-scooter manufacturers should encourage helmet use by making them more easily accessible.