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30+ E-Scooter Injury Facts in GeorgiaBrenda
Since e-scooters swarmed U.S. streets and sidewalks back in 2017, the world of public foot traffic has yet to be the same. Companies like Lime, Bird, Razor, Skip scooter and several others throughout the country have made fortunes on e-scooter sharing apps – but at what cost? A recent study conducted by the CDC and City of Austin, Texas found an alarming spike in e-scooter related injuries that have . The study also pointed out that the majority all e-scooter related injuries were easily preventable.
In an effort to inform the public of the dangers that are associated with e-scooter use, below are a list of 30+ facts surrounding e-scooters in Georgia:
1 As of August 2019, Atlanta’s night-time ban forbids any Atlantans from riding e-scooters throughout the times of 9:00pm – 4:00am, every day.
2According to a CDC study, head injuries are the leading type of injury related to e-scooter use throughout the United States.
3 As of October 2019, e-scooter related injuries have contributed to four rider’s in Atlanta.
4 27% of injuries related to e-scooter use involved upper extremity fractures, leaving it the second most common type of e-scooter injury.
5 The average age for e-scooter injury victims that were included in the study was 29.
6 29% of injuries in the study happened to first-time riders.
7 A whopping 18% of e-scooter injuries involved other motor vehicles.
8 This CDC study found that the rate of e-scooter injuries in the U.S. was 14.3 per 100,000 trips.
9 According to a CNBC finding, 98% of e-scooter injury victims admitted to the University of San Diego Medical Center were not wearing a helmet at the time of their accident.
10 Head injuries and fractures were the most common diagnosis.
11 80% of riders sustained injuries from a fall.
12 11% of injured riders sustained injuries in a collision with an object.
13 Nearly 9% of injured riders were hit by a moving vehicle or object.
14 For almost 5% of patients, intoxication was a factor.
15 Less than 1% of riders were using a helmet at the time of their accident.
16 Nearly half of all injured riders had a ‘severe injury,’ including bone fractures.
17 15% of victims who obtained brain injuries suffered traumatic brain injuries.
18 As of December 2018, there are at least 1,500 bird scooters deployed on Atlanta streets and 12,000 total throughout the state of Georgia.
19 Of those injured, 38% of those included in the CDC study that were injured indicated they would use a scooter again.
20 70% of injured individuals sustained injuries to the upper limbs (hands/wrists/arm/shoulder).
21 35% of those injured in the study sustained a type of bone fracture (excluding nose/fingers/toes fractures).
22 39% of injured riders in the study were injured on the weekend (Saturday & Sunday).
23 Of all days in the week, Saturday was considered the most dangerous with nearly 40 riders sustaining injuries on that day.
24 Of all injured riders in the study, 39% sustained their injuries during 6:00pm and 6:00am.
25 Of those riders injured over the weekend (Sat-Sun), nearly half of their injuries occurred within 6:00pm and 6:00am.
26 Of those riders injured during the work week (M-F), almost half (47%) of the injuries occurred between 9:00am – 11:00am, 1:00pm – 4:00pm (work hours).
27 Over one-third of injured riders included in the study reported excessive speed as being one of the contributing factors to their injury.
28 Overall, 63% of all riders in the study completed e-scooter riding training via a phone application.
29 Based on metrics provided by the city of Austin, Texas, 20 individuals have been injured per 100,000 e-scooter trips.
30 More than half of injured riders were hurt on the street.
31 33% of injured riders in study were injured while riding on sidewalks.
32 According to Bird’s recent Safety Report, 30% of Bird rides replace trips that would have otherwise been taken in a car.
While many e-scooter injuries result from user error or misuse, there are cases in which e-scooter companies may be liable for someone’s injuries. For example, if a e-scooter sharing company fails to adequately inform users of the potential dangerous associated with their rides, or know about broken scooters out for use, and do nothing to repair or remove these scooters from public use, they could be found at least partially liable.
If you’ve been injured in a e-scooter accident in Georgia and have doubts as to whether you may seek compensation for your injuries, a skilled personal injury attorney can inform you on whether you have a strong injury case on your hands. If you’re in Atlanta, ChancoSchiffer P.C. personal injury law firm is an excellent choice, and offer free consultations for all cases. They also accept criminal defense cases, so if you were charged with a DWI on an e-scooter, they can help.