Whether you like to ride an e-scooter, e-bike or hoverboard, it is essential to understand the risks you face on the road. With the increasing popularity of these devices, more people have found themselves injured and killed in traffic collisions while using micro-mobility products. While using one of these devices, you are especially vulnerable if you become involved in a collision with a motor vehicle.
Sadly, data shows that in recent years these accidents have become more prevalent.
Statistics on micro-mobility devices and traffic accidents
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that in 2020, 57,800 people needed emergency treatment as a result of accidents while using micro-mobility devices, compared to 34,000 in 2017. Data from 2020 shows a 70% increase in comparison to micro-mobility accident injuries resulting in emergency room visits during 2017. Micro-mobility accidents often cause victims to suffer head, neck, upper limb and lower limb injuries.
Traffic accident risks and micro-mobility products
There are various reasons why those using micro-mobility devices become involved in traffic collisions. Sometimes, people use these devices without a lot of experience, which can increase the odds of a crash. Negligent drivers also cause a lot of accidents, such as those who drive while distracted or drunk. Some drivers struggle to see people using e-scooters and hoverboards, especially when visibility is poor.
If a driver’s negligent behavior caused you to become hurt in an accident, you need to firmly stand up for your rights. Take a look at all of the details surrounding the collision, and focus on your recovery from a physical and financial point of view.