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Understanding e-scooter accident injuries

On Behalf of | Mar 28, 2024 | Personal Injury

E-scooters have become a popular mode of transportation in many cities, offering a convenient and eco-friendly way to get around. However, with the rise in e-scooter usage, there has also been an increase in e-scooter-related accidents and injuries.

It is important to understand the types of injuries that can occur in e-scooter accidents to raise awareness and promote safety for riders.

Head injuries and broken bones

One common injury in e-scooter accidents is head trauma. Without the protection of a helmet, riders are at risk of sustaining head injuries if they fall off the e-scooter or collide with obstacles. Head trauma can range from concussions to more severe traumatic brain injuries, which can have long-term effects on a person’s cognitive functions and overall well-being.

Fractures and broken bones are also common injuries in e-scooter accidents. The impact of a fall or collision can result in fractures in the arms, legs, wrists or collarbones. These injuries often require medical attention, including casts, splints or surgery, and can lead to long periods of immobility and rehabilitation. Unfortunately, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that e-scooter injuries increased by 22% from 2021 to 2022.

Road rash and other injuries

Road rash and abrasions are another frequent type of injury in e-scooter accidents. When a rider falls off the e-scooter, they may slide on the pavement, leading to skin abrasions, cuts and bruises. Road rash can be painful, prone to infection and may leave permanent scars if not properly treated. Soft tissue injuries, such as sprains and strains, are also common among e-scooter riders. The sudden stops, starts and turns on e-scooters can strain muscles, ligaments and tendons, leading to pain, swelling and limited mobility.

In some cases, e-scooter accidents can result in more severe injuries, such as spinal cord injuries or internal injuries. The impact of a collision or a fall from an e-scooter can damage the spinal cord or internal organs, leading to paralysis, organ damage or internal bleeding. By understanding the types of injuries that can occur in e-scooter accidents, riders can take proactive steps to protect themselves and reduce the risk of accidents and injuries while enjoying the convenience of e-scooter transportation.