Several Fatalities Associated with the use of E-Scooters
UNITED STATES – According to an online report from consumerreports.org, several individuals across the United States have perished while riding on a rented e-scooter since the fall of 2017, per Consumer Reports (CR).*
Pursuant to a recent survey conducted by CR, it appears that riders are confused as to the traffic laws they should follow. As warm weather increases during the spring and summer months, e-scooters flood city streets throughout the U.S. As more and more people are using e-scooters, the number of accidents – including deaths – is on the rise.
Earlier in 2019, an investigation conducted by CR, which evaluated data from 110 hospitals in 47 cities in the U.S., reveals that there were at least 1,500 e-scooter enthusiasts sustained injuries since e-scooters were introduced to the public back in 2017. At the time of CR’s investigation, there were four deaths associated with the use of e-scooters.
This past March, a 53-year-old man from San Diego, California was riding an e-scooter without a helmet and died after he lost control of his e-scooter and ended up striking a tree. One month after this accident, a five-year-old boy who was riding an e-scooter with his mother fell off of the scooter and was struck by a car. This deadly accident occurred in Tulsa, Oklahoma. There were also two deaths that occurred in May: a twenty-year-old from Atlanta, Georgia was struck and killed while riding his e-scooter in the early morning hours. A 26-year-old also was also struck and killed by a sports utility vehicle when riding an e-scooter in Nashville, Tennessee.
The fatalities underscore the potential hazards of riding on an e-scooter, particularly when they have been misused. The two companies that manufacture e-scooters, Lime and Bird, indicate that only one rider at a time should be on an e-scooter, they should never be ridden by individuals who are under the age of eighteen, and helmets should be worn at all times.
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