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Several Fatalities Associated with the use of E-Scooters


October 06, 2019

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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Source:https://www.consumerreports.org/product-safety/deaths-tied-to-e-scooters/

Category: Personal Injury

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