Reports Indicate that 29 or More E-Scooter Fatalities Have Occurred Since 2018
USA- Qz.com writes that four victims were killed in scooter accidents in Atlanta in 2019. The incidents all involved scooter versus motor vehicle collisions. A twenty-year-old man died last May when he was taking a Lime scooter from a metro station and was struck by a Cadillac SUV. During the investigation, the woman who killed the young man stated that she could not avoid him as he exited a parking lot.*
Reports indicate that more scooter fatalities have occurred in Atlanta than any other city in the world. When scooter-share companies, including Lime and Bird, entered the scene in 2018, they came with a host of risks to riders and pedestrians. There have been 29 reported deaths, most of which involved motor vehicles. It is not clear whether any of the victims had a helmet on at the time. A few of the fatal crashes involved pedestrians who were struck by scooters.
Of course, when compared to the death toll from motor vehicle accidents, which was over 36,000 in 2018 in the United States alone, 29 does not sound like a large number of deadly wrecks. However, cities were largely unprepared when scooter companies launched, releasing the devices on the street before requesting any permission or seeking permits. The same plan was used by Uber, and in the case of the scooters, there were some notable setbacks. According to reports, Lime had to remove its scooters after the batteries caught fire during its early introduction.
Cities have tried to regulate these scooters in order to protect the public. Efforts include curfews, age requirements, and recommending helmets. The scooters are only becoming more common, and regulators are still trying to find ways to prevent tragedies and figure out where these devices will fit into traffic patterns and laws.
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