A new study which assessed the public health impact of rentable dockless electric scooters (e-scooters) has found that 20 individuals are injured per 100,000 e-scooter trips.
Researchers from the Austin Public Health Department (APH), with assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others, examined data on people with injuries involving e-scooters who sought care at a hospital emergency department or had care provided by emergency medical services in Austin between September and November 2018.
The authors identified 190 people who were riding a scooter at the time of their injury. Of the injured riders, 48 per cent had head injuries, while 15 per cent of riders had evidence suggestive of a traumatic brain injury. Less than 1 per cent were wearing a helmet at the time of injury.
Seven in 10 participants sustained injuries to the upper limbs, 55 per cent to the lower limbs and 18 per cent to the chest/abdomen. Over a third had a bone fracture.
The authors said the findings suggest a need to increase the frequency and methods of educational messages on safe e-scooter riding practices and say there is also a need to establish and strengthen injury surveillance related to emerging transportation vehicles.