E-SCOoters have become more popular
Electric scooters have increased massively in the past few years. A recent study conducted by the Public Health and Transportation departments in Austin, Texas, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that over 270 people were injured on e-scooters from September 5, 2018 to November 30, 2018. The study also showed that for every 100,000 e-scooter trips, 20 people were injured. As e-scooters become more and more popular, unfortunately, injuries are on the rise.
How Safe are E-scooters?
Unfortunately, as their popularity has increased, the frequency of e-scooter crashes has also increased. Grady Memorial Hospital—the biggest hospital in Georgia—estimated that it receives between 80 and 100 e-scooter injuries per month.
The e-scooters can be rented easily with smartphone apps which is why they have become so widely accessible. Atlanta specifically has seen an increase in e-scooters since early 2018. There are few regulations regarding e-scooters, which is what makes them unsafe. Like bicycle crashes, e-scooter crashes are also often caused by distracted driving of motorists, poorly lit areas, and motorists driving vehicles too close to riders.
What are the Most Common Injuries in E-scooter Crashes?
Some of the most common types of injuries as a result of bike or e-scooter crashes are:
- Head injuries
- Neck trauma
- Facial injuries
- Broken bones
- Road rash
- Abdominal or pelvic injuries
- Muscular strains
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What are the Causes of Atlanta E-scooter Crashes?
Unfortunately, e-scooter and bicycle accidents in Atlanta are all too common. There are several reasons for this:
- Drivers are distracted by their phones or GPS systems.
- There are poorly lit areas that make bicyclists and e-scooter riders less visible.
- In many areas of Atlanta, there are no protected bike lanes.
- Many people are riding bicycles and e-scooters in areas with a significant amount of traffic.
- Drivers are traveling too close to bicyclists and e-scooter users.
- The occupants of parked motor vehicles open doors into the paths of approaching bicyclists or e-scooter users.
- Drivers are speeding and don’t have time to stop before colliding with a bicyclist or e-scooter rider.
If you have been involved in a bike crash or an e-scooter crash, you may be entitled to compensation. Get in touch with us today, and we can get started on your case.