Accidents List Of Electric Scooter Accidents And Deaths  

Sarah Blumert
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One of the recent trends sweeping the nation is that of the electric scooter, AKA the e-scooter. These vehicles, compact and two-wheeled, are placed around busy areas of many major cities, including San Francisco and Washington, DC. Their purpose is to provide quick, last-minute transportation for those using public transit. Ideally, riders rent a scooter for $1 (plus 10-15 cents per minute) and zip through their last few blocks of travel in between their transit stop and final destination. However, are electric scooters safe? As with any new technology, a great deal of public debate has emerged surrounding the trend. 

While this business model initially sounds convenient and cost-effective, electric scooter accidents have some seeing e-scooters as worrisome new tech. Reports of Bird scooter injuries have consumers wary that the vehicles have unreliable brakes and erratic operational interfaces. Public outcry against these vehicles has become so great that many suspect e-scooters will be banned if proper safety precautions and regulations are not put in place.

This list details several noteworthy and tragic accidents resulting from electric scooters only, which excludes transporters such as Segway. While most cases are centered in Southern California, as Santa Monica serves as the unofficial birthplace of the trend, these scooters and their resulting hazards are present across the country and world. 

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Boy Requires Lip Stitches Foll... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List Of Electric Scooter Accidents And Deaths
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Boy Requires Lip Stitches Following A Run-In With A Lime Scooter

Date: July 3, 2018
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Injuries: Eight broken or loose teeth, and a lip laceration

A 7-year-old boy was riding his bike on Ocean Front Walk. Four people on e-scooters were riding nearby. When one rider, atop a Lime scooter, crossed into the oncoming lane, he bumped into the boy on the bike. After this incident, the child required extensive dental work and stitches on his lip.

George Gardikas Suffered Bone Fractures And Lung Problems Following A Scooter Incident

Date: June 11, 2018
Accident: San Diego, CA
Injuries: Six fractured ribs, an impacted clavicle and scapula, as well as a collapsed lung 

George Gardikas unintentionally drove into the path of an oncoming car exiting Route 163 while driving an electric scooter. Gardikas wore no helmet and was later cited with a DUI.

Gardikas initially suffered from fractured bones, but his lung collapsed after 24 hours in the ICU. The victim’s sister spoke out about e-scooters' lack of safety following her brother’s episode, claiming, “Think twice before you get on them. Your sister, brother, loved one, mother, father, child - this could happen to them.”

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A Woman Required Leg Surgery After Attempting To Help Another Scooter Rider

Date: June 9, 2018
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Injuries: Torn ACL and meniscus in her knee 

On Main Street, a 30-year-old woman was riding a Bird scooter in a bike lane. Another Bird rider ahead of her tumbled from their vehicle. The woman tried to stop her own scooter to help the fallen driver. However, after trying to brake and stepping off her scooter with one foot, she dropped to the ground. This led to her having substantial leg surgery to correct her torn ACL and meniscus. 

Bird Mechanic Required Staples In Her Scalp After Her Scooter’s Brakes Failed

Date: May 18, 2018
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Injuries: Head impact, scalp laceration, fractured clavicle, and cervical strain

A 56-year-old woman working as a Bird mechanic was attempting to fix a defective scooter. As she was unaware of what was wrong with the vehicle - as Bird did not inform her - she mounted it for a diagnostic trial. When approaching a busy intersection, the brakes failed. While she attempted to quickly dismount, she dropped to the pavement. This impact required her to get staples.