As electric scooters have gotten more popular it stands to reason that there have been more accidents in injuries. However, the increase in ridership is just one factor leading to this increase in accidents. That is, according to a study published in Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open. Keep reading to find out how alcohol has increasingly been an issue in scooter accidents, then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation if you have been injured in this or another accident.
The Facts of the Matter
According to the report, of 103 patients treated in three different trauma centers for e-scooter accidents, 79% of them were tested for alcohol. About half of the group that was tested was found to have a blood-alcohol level of more than 0.08 – the legal limit for drivers in California and almost all other states.
DUI and Safety Issues on Electric Scooters
This was not all the study found. It also found that alcohol is not the only issue. About 60% of the 103 patients described above were screened for drugs and more than half of them tested positive. Certain studies have taken steps to reduce e-scooter ridership by intoxicated individuals. For example, a man who hit a pedestrian was recently tried for DUI in Los Angeles.
Other steps safety advocates have been taking include encouraging helmet usage during e-scooter riding to prevent heard injuries. However, most people do not seem to be following this advice. In fact, the study showed that 98% of the people injured were not wearing a helmet when they were injured. Some states, like New Jersey, have passed laws requiring helmet use by anyone under 17 who is on an e-scooter.
E-Scooter Accidents Are on the Rise
According to a study by Rutgers University, the number of e-scooter accidents in the United States is increasing. In fact, they found a 66% increase between 2008 and 2018. In addition to minor accidents, there are also more deadly scooter accidents, such as the death of Emily Hartridge in London. She was killed when her scooter ran into a truck.
Most e-scooter accidents do not result in death but they can result in serious injuries including traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and other serious issues. One study by the CDC found that almost half of all e-scooter injuries were to the head of the injured.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a scooter accident we urge you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000. We can provide a free legal consultation so you understand your options. Call us now and let us get started.