According to a new study, riders of electric scooters are more likely to be involved in accidents and injuries than those using other types of personal means of transportation.
Research conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles, estimates that millions of e-scooters are ridden daily, with about 115 riders injured as a result.
In contrast, only 104 riders were injured out of 1 million motorcyclists, while only 15 out of 1 million cyclists were injured.Researchers used data from 1,354 people in Los Angeles clinics between January 2014 and January 2020, before and after the introduction of electric scooters.
The team said the injury rate is likely to be lower, but the individual accidents that occur are less severe and fatal than motorcycle accidents.
Dr. Juan Elmore, a professor at the University of California Los Angeles and senior author of the research, said that millions of riders are currently using these scooters, so it is important to understand the impact on public health.
He added that research has shown that the rate of injuries from e-scooters is similar to the rate of injuries from motorcycles, which is astonishing.