Electronic scooters are new, fun, and fast! They seem to be everywhere we look – at the beach, weaving through traffic on the crowded downtown streets, and throughout the suburban neighborhoods.  People are flying by on these scooters.  The fad is here to stay, but with the fun, also comes the danger.

Riders in Fort Lauderdale have used electronic scooters 322,541 times since November, the city reported. The average ride is nearly a half hour long.

Most people sign on the app, get on the scooter, and go …. Unfortunately, these electronic scooters are often poorly manufactured, negligently maintained, and improperly calibrated.

Also, the scooters are everywhere and so very inviting.  Yet, they don’t come with a helmet.  Many users simply get on a scooter to get to the next bar down the road very few people will use a helmet while operating one.

The Ellsley Law Firm specializes in cases involving scooters.  The issues range from defective or malfunction scooters to failure to instruct and warn, to operator error.  The injuries are sometimes catastrophic and the litigation is often lengthy, complex, and quite expensive.

Please call us at 1-800-SCOOTER (726-6837) for a no cost, no-obligation meeting to answer any questions or concerns that you may have regarding any scooter-related accident, incident, or injury.

You may also visit our law firm’s website at www.800scooterlaw.com

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Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) complied data from 249 people who were treated for electric scooter (e-scooter) injuries at the University of California Santa Monica and UCLA Medical Center over a one-year period.

The study found the most common cause of injury during operation of a e-scooter is falling at 80% of all injuries. Second was collision with another object at 11%. Third, being struck by another moving vehicle at 9%.

Other startling findings include: only 4% of riders were documented as wearing a helmet, 92% of injured e-scooter injuries occurred to the driver of the e-scooter, and 40% of patient’s had head injuries.

Researchers also collected data based on observations over a seven-hour period at various Los Angeles intersections. One common occurrence was e-scooter riders not wearing helmets at a rate of 94% of the total 193 e-scooter riders observed.

While these e-scooters are intended for street use only as they can reach up to 15mph, they are often spotted on sidewalks, and later when they are no longer in use, are left littering the sidewalks and curbs. While Santa Monica already prohibits bicycles and electric devices from being driven on sidewalks that seems to be ignored by many e-scooter operators.

There are limitations to this study including limited data in medical records and inability to determine urban planning and infrastructure’s effects.

Please read the complete study at here.

In an effort to create a transportation alternative, Miami is allowing six companies to put 300 scooters on the streets. While this may be a cheap and easy alternative to traditional transportation methods, these scooters come with a risk of significant injury to riders and pedestrians.

Please be careful on these scooters. They can reach speeds of 20 mph. If you suffer a scooter injury, please call The Ellsley Law Firm at 1-800-SCOOTER or click on our website at 800SCOOTERLAW.com

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