What are they?
It’s 2019, and electronic motorized scooters have officially taken over. In several large, metropolitan cities, you can now rent one of these “e-scooters” for a small fee and then leave it on the street for the next renter to pick up when you’re done using it.
Why this trend is catching on
It’s a genius idea, from a creative perspective. For many people, it takes away the tedious, dull maintenance of a standard vehicle (like stopping for gas, cleaning a car, putting air in the tires, getting oil changes and standard tune-ups…). Many of these users live downtown, with everything they need in close proximity to them, which is why the idea of a convenient rental system that avoids waiting around, parking hassles, and daily maintenance has spread like wildfire over the past 2 years.
For others, the e-scooters act as a way to help promote sustainability. After all, this eco-friendly method of transportation has the potential to drastically reduce the amount of poisonous chemicals in the air we breathe. Without exhaust fumes from cars transmitting chemicals like carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides into the air at an alarming rate, we could all probably sleep a little better at night.
What you need to know before renting one
Thing is, with every great new idea comes a certain level of risk. Now in over 65 U.S. cities alone, e-scooters bring with them an increased level of risk to public safety. Both riders and by-standers are at risk of being involved in an accident involving a vehicle of any kind, including a scooter. And now, the transportation industry has been shaken up and new information about the risks of e-scooters is being released every day.
The speed limit is not always enforced. By law, e-scooter users are not to ride on streets or main roads with speed limits over 35 mph. However, when on the road, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings— not just in front and back of your vehicle, but to the sides as well.
Drugs and alcohol do NOT mix well with them. One article on the increasing popularity of e-scooters reported a correlation between accidents with riders not wearing helmets and drug or alcohol use. In many cases, riders pulled over for showing signs of intoxication weren’t wearing safety protection on their head, therefore endangering themselves, as well as the public.
Overall, the number of riders who have been seriously injured or killed due to e-scooters has risen since their release in 2017. From broken bones and noses to life-threatening internal bleeding, the number of accidents caused by or related to e-scooters is steadily increasing. As we continue to learn more about the effects of this addition to the transportation industry, many have noticed the common pattern involving e-scooters and these types of injuries.
We want you to be safe!
So, to answer our question: e-scooters are as safe as you make them. To riders who wear helmets, ride soberly, and are cautious of their surroundings, this convenient method of transportation may be extremely helpful in their daily life. For others, it can be an accident waiting to happen.
At G3 Help Me, our mission is to help keep you and your loved ones safe on the roads. We’ve seen far too many road safety accidents that could have been easily avoided. If you or someone you love has been in an accident involving an automobile, e-scooter, truck, bus, bike, motorcycle, or other mode of transportation, give us a call at 865-658-4012. We provide free confidential consultations to anyone injured in an accident. Because you matter to us!