Survey Reveals that 80 Percent of E-Scooter Riders Do Not Wear Helmets
PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA – According to an online news article published by finance.yahoo.com, survey results show that 80 percent of e-scooter riders claim that they do not wear helmets.*
A survey commission by VOOM, a usage-based insurer of e-scooters, e-bikes, powerboats, motorboats, and small planes, found that 80 percent of e-scooter riders do not wear helmets. VOOM is an Israeli company headquartered in Tel Aviv but is licensed to operate in all 50 states, with an office in Palo Alto, California.
The survey also revealed that 40 percent of e-scooter riders have been involved in an e-scooter accident or know someone who has, and despite this fact, many e-scooter riders continue to operate without helmets. E-scooters have exponentially grown in popularity in recent years, and there is a “growing awareness” of the dangers of “micro mobility.”
Injuries from e-scooter accidents have increased at an alarming rate nationwide. Tampa General Hospital in Florida has seen a 500 percent increase in the number of e-scooter injuries the hospital has seen over the past year. Additionally, in Atlanta, Georgia, 2 deaths were reported this summer, and in Chicago, Illinois, at least 6 accidents were reported during a 6-day pilot program.
As e-scooter accidents continue to rise worldwide along with the growing popularity of e-scooters, many wonder if riders are taking the necessary precautionary measures to protect themselves from severe injuries and death.
While riders may need to do more to protect themselves, city streets are not always accommodating to e-scooters, according to the VOOM survey results, which showed the following:
- More than 60 percent of riders who responded to the survey indicated that they would operate an e-scooter on a street even in the absence of a bicycle lane and may also choose to ride on sidewalks or anywhere else they can.
- Approximately 32 percent of millennials are worried about the lack of bicycle lanes available for e-scooter riders.
Even though millennials express concern about e-scooter safety, they also admit to “riding recklessly,” and do not take “necessary precautions to prioritize their safety,” according to the CEO and co-founder of VOOM, who goes on to state: “There is a dire need for effective solutions, whether that be better laws, increased awareness of self and public safety, or suitable insurance policies that fully cover riders and their surroundings.”
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