E-scooter injuries on the rise, report finds

A new report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has found that injuries and deaths associated with e-scooters are increasing along with their popularity.

Speed seems to be a factor, according to the CPSC.

“Remember, many accidents can be prevented by simply slowing down,” acting CPSC chairman Robert Adler said in a release. “Always wear a helmet, be aware of your surroundings and be prepared to stop.”

CPSC data show:

  • There were about 133,000 emergency room visits associated with all micromobility products from 2017 through 2019.
  • Much of the increase in emergency department visits involves e-scooters, which rose from 7,700 in 2017, to 14,500 in 2018, to 27,700 in 2019.
  • A majority of hoverboard injuries seen in emergency departments (67%) involved children under 15. By contrast, 58% of injuries involving e-scooters involved people age 25 and older.
  • Fractures, followed by contusions/abrasions, are the two most common diagnoses for emergency micromobility injuries.
  • The most frequently injured body parts are the upper and lower limbs, as well as the head and the neck.
  • Most of the injuries are attributed to unspecified falls. Loss of user control, collisions with other motor vehicles, and pavement issues are other notable hazards leading to the injuries.
  • CPSC is aware of 41 fatalities associated with micromobility products from 2017 through 2019, though reporting is incomplete at this time.

Read the report online.

The CPSC also released a new PSA:

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Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Writer/Editor for WTOP.com. He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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