Is it safe to scoot around town?
With companies like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb going public this year, you would likely agree that the sharing economy is in full swing. But these aren’t the only services designed to provide momentary convenience without the related costs of ownership.
Companies like Bird and Lime provide electric scooters in some of the largest cities across the United States. Released through an app, the scooters can get you around town without the worry of waiting in traffic, as you would likely do in a car. But you should consider the potential safety risks involved with an electric scooter ride.
Common injuries related to electric scooters
While electric scooters gain popularity, the trauma centers in the cities where they are located report an increase in injuries related to the rentals. Inexperience plays a significant factor in injuries among riders. And road conditions may also increase the chances of getting hurt.
However, riding a scooter around moving motor vehicles may contribute to injuries, which could be especially dangerous for those lacking experience with balancing on a moving scooter across unfamiliar terrain.
According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common injuries sustained on rental scooters include:
- Head injuries (45%)
- Fractures involving the upper extremity (27%)
- Lower extremity fractures (12%)
You would be wise to consider wearing a helmet to protect yourself from a concussion or potential brain injury while riding an electric scooter. And maintaining a cautions speed while staying out of traffic could not only help you get around town quickly but also safely.