JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In recent years, electric scooters, e-bikes, and hoverboards have seen a surge in popularity among American consumers as a mode of transportation to commute to and from work or school, as well as for recreational use.
According to recent research, as more individuals use them, it is contributing to an increase in the number of hospital visits and, in some instances, fatalities.
The City of Jacksonville began testing electric scooters and bicycles as part of a pilot program a year ago. There are about 400 electric scooters all over the city, and people can use them almost any time except between midnight and 5 a.m.
One thing that riders should do before going on one is watch them to ensure that they are safe to ride. Riders should make sure that they are in good condition.
Check the handlebars and the throttle for any damage to determine whether or not it is safe to ride the motorcycle with them.
As stated in a study published by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, there has been a rise in the number of people who have died and visited the emergency department.
Between 2017 and 2021:
- 117,6700 people were treated for electric scooter incidents
- 68 people died in scooter accidents
- 53 people died in electric bike incidents
- 8 deaths with hoverboards
In this same report, more people died from e-scooter and bike accidents who were between 18 and 59 years old than any other age group.
Experts encourage riders to follow simple safety suggestions, that can ultimately save their life.
They include wearing a helmet while you ride, keeping both hands on the handlebars while also keeping objects off of them, slowing down when going over bumps, and not making sudden moves or attempting stunts.
One of the biggest things: Never ride while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.