- Injuries relating to rentable dockless electric scooters (e-scooters) frequently involve inexperienced riders, excessive speeds, and lack of helmet.
- Authors recommend education on safe riding, including helmets and safe speed.
Why this matters
- Data are just emerging on e-scooter public health effects.
- 936,110 e-scooter trips included.
- 190 of 192 injured were riders.
- 55% male, 65% white; median age, 29 years.
- 33% of interviewed riders were injured during a first ride.
- 14% of injured riders were hospitalized.
- Patterns among injured riders:
- 42%, severe injuries.
- 15%, evidence of traumatic brain injury.
- 48%, injuries to head; 70%, to upper extremities; 55%, to lower extremities; 18%, to trunk.
- 35% sustained fractures.
- 10% of injured riders collided with a motor vehicle.
- 50% of interviewed riders blamed pothole or crack, 37% excessive speed, 19% malfunction.
- 38% of interviewed riders told researchers they would use an e-scooter again.
- Retrospective study, Austin, Texas, using emergency medical services (EMS) over 2 months in 2018 for e-scooter-related injuries (n=192).
- CDC, Austin Public Health (APH) department reviewed charts, interviewed 125 patients.
- Outcomes: injury types, contributors.
- Funding: APH, CDC.
- Did not capture non-EMS-involved injuries.
- Risk for recall bias.