In New York and around the country, electric scooters have become a daily part of navigating city streets. Unfortunately, that has also led to a troubling number of fatal accidents. For those who take to the road on an e-scooter, it is important to pay attention to certain factors that lead to collisions. After injuries and fatalities in an e-scooter crash, an in-depth analysis as to why the accident happened can be key when weighing the available options.
Study into e-scooter safety shows troubling risks
According to a recent study in the Journal of Safety Research, there are fundamental challenges that e-scooter riders face when sharing the road with cars. Researchers compared e-scooter accidents involving cars with bicycle accidents involving cars. It found that both bike and e-scooter crashes happened 80% of the time at intersections, and 70% happened during the day.
The big difference was that e-scooter riders rode on sidewalks and collided with cars that were entering or leaving a driveway and when the e-scooter entered a crosswalk. In nearly all, the e-scooter emerged from the right where the car’s driver would have a problem seeing it. Given the personal, financial and emotional costs involved in an e-scooter accident, it is wise for those who have been impacted to understand their rights.
Having advice can help after an e-scooter accident
The popularity of e-scooters has risen exponentially since they were introduced for widespread use across the United States. An overwhelming percentage of those who died were killed after colliding with a car. This study shows the problems that this can cause in terms of safety. When there is an accident, it is vital to gather evidence and determine how it happened.