Scooter-Related Face And Head Injuries Triple Over Last Decade Due To Rental Scooters
Recently, the New York State Senate decided to allow e-scooter rental companies such as Bird, Lime, and even Uber and Lyft to begin renting out motorized scooters. They are a cost-effective method of transportation and are particularly popular in urban areas and on college campuses. The legislation allows individual jurisdictions to draft their own regulations regarding the e-scooters. The one exception is the city of Manhattan, where scooter rentals will be disallowed, to prevent congestion. However, the city will allow for individually owned scooters to operate. This decision comes just as news that with the rise of the use of these scooters, injuries are also becoming more common, as Healthline reports.
While the rental companies like Bird and Lime recommend that riders wear a helmet, they are not provided with the scooter. A new study by Rutgers University shows that face and head injuries that are scooter-related have tripled over the last decade.
The study was published in the American Journal of Otolaryngology took information from the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. The system takes data and then extrapolates the data to provide national estimates.
According to the system, between 2008 and 2017, there were almost 1,000 head and facial injuries caused by scooters. Nationwide, that extrapolates to almost 32,000 emergency department visits.
Riders are not the only ones who are at risk of injury. As they are currently banned on streets, scooters tend to be ridden on sidewalks, where collisions with pedestrians are common.
The ages of the injured ranged from 19 to 65, but nearly 1/3 were between 6 and 12 years old.
Closed head injuries, concussions, and lacerations were the most common injuries related to scooters. Broken noses, skulls, and other facial fractures were also common.