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CDC Study Identifies Crash Risk with Electric Scooters

May 3, 2019 – A recent study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health and Transportation in Austin, Texas, found the crash risk associated with the trendy electric scooters found in many large U.S. cities to be approximately 20-in-100,000.

The study found at least 271 people who reported suffering scooter-related injuries between Sept. 5, 2018, and Nov. 30, 2018. CDC Researchers presented the data at the agency’s Epidemic Intelligence Service conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

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What’s the problem?

During the study period noted above, there were a total of 182,333 hours of e-scooter use, 891,121 miles ridden on e-scooters, and 936,110 e-scooter trips. The researchers found that there were approximately 20 individuals hurt per 100,000 scooter trips taken during the 3-month period.

Of the injured, nearly half suffered head injuries. At least 15% of these were subsequently diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), the study found. The authors said many of these injuries could have been prevented by wearing a helmet, but only one of 190 injured scooter riders was wearing one.

“These injuries may have been preventable,” the researchers concluded. “Studies have shown that bicycle riders reduce the risk of head and brain injuries by wearing a helmet. Helmet use might also reduce the risk of head and brain injuries in the event of an e-scooter crash.”

Do I Have a Scooter Accident Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in electric scooter accident lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.

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