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A recent study in the United States has found that although electric scooters and E-bikes have become more popular across the country, such vehicles generate a higher rate of risk for severe injuries in comparison to conventional bicycles, and a different pattern of injuries as compared to conventional scooters.
The authors of the report analyzed data from the emergency department between 2000 and 2017, which was compiled by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), on the basis of injuries for all 3 vehicle variants.
According to the report, people who drive e-bikes were more likely to be hospitalized for internal injuries in comparison to riders for other bikes. On the other hand, users of battery powered scooters displayed higher rates of concussions. The injuries sustained from riding e-bikes were also much likelier to involve a collision with pedestrians in comparison to traditional scooters or motorcycles.
E-bikes Result in More Emergency Department Injuries
Charles Di Maggio, the lead author for the study stated: “We don’t know a lot about the overall risks and benefits of electric-powered scooters and e-bikes.” Notably, the study found that injuries from e-bikes were of a more serious nature. According to reports of more than 245 million injuries, powered scooters accounted for 130,797, which is 5.3 emergency department injuries per 10,000, while the number for e-bikes was 0.13 per 10,000.
In addition, injuries from pedal bicycles accounted for 385.4 per 10,000. Most people injured by e-bikes were older, with the average age being 31.9 years, while the age of people involved with powered scooters being 29.4 and that of conventional bikes being 25.2 years. Most people involved in e-bike accidents ranged from 18-64, while powered scooters affected 10-14 year olds.
Accidents from powered scooters were found to result in concussions 3 times more than that involving e-bikes, with a higher possibility of fractures. On the other hand, accident victims involving e-bikes suffered more internal injuries accounting for 17 per cent, while the figure for pedal bikes and powered scooters was 7.5 per cent.