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Why are e-scooters and e-bikes dangerous?

On Behalf of | May 30, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Electric scooters and electric bikes, also known as e-scooters and e-bikes, are popular for their convenience. However, with their rise in use, there has also been an increase in injuries.

Knowing the types of injuries and the circumstances under which they occur is important for anyone who uses these modes of transportation.

Common injuries among riders

One of the most common injuries resulting from the rise in e-bike and e-scooter accidents is road rash. Broken bones are also frequent, especially in the arms and legs, since riders often instinctively try to break their fall with their limbs.

Head injuries from these vehicles pose a significant risk to an individual’s health. Additionally, spinal injuries can occur, potentially leading to long-term disability.

Typical injuries to pedestrians

Pedestrians are not immune to accidents involving e-bikes and e-scooters. Collisions can lead to severe injuries such as broken bones, especially at high speeds. Soft tissue injuries, like sprains and bruises, also happen often. In more severe cases, pedestrians may suffer from spinal cord injuries.

Causes of accidents

Several factors contribute to accidents involving e-bikes and e-scooters. Poor road conditions, such as potholes and uneven surfaces, may cause riders to lose control.

Mechanical failures and brake malfunctions also pose significant risks. Furthermore, distracted or inattentive drivers of cars can cause accidents by not noticing e-bike or e-scooter riders.

Negligence and compensation

Determining negligence often involves examining whether the responsible party breached their duty of care. For instance, a driver who runs a red light and hits a rider could be at fault. Similarly, a municipality may be at fault if poorly maintained roads lead to an accident. Compensation can cover medical bills, lost wages and other related costs.

Understanding the risks associated with e-bikes and e-scooters can help people take the right precautions. However, accidents may still happen. When they do, those injured by another’s negligence could want to seek fair compensation for their suffering and losses.