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Micromobility devices and traffic accidents

On Behalf of | Mar 15, 2024 | Car Accidents |

In recent years, micromobility devices such as electric scooters and bicycles have become increasingly popular. While these devices offer many benefits, their presence on roads and sidewalks has raised concerns about safety.

Unfortunately, many micromobility users become involved in traffic accidents.

Risk factors

These devices are compact, lightweight and easy to maneuver. This makes them a popular choice for short-distance trips in urban areas. However, their small size and limited speed can make them less visible to drivers. This increases the risk of accidents, especially at intersections and busy roadways. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that people went to emergency departments more than 360,000 times due to micromobility accidents between 2017 and 2022.

One of the main factors contributing to car accidents involving micromobility devices is the lack of designated infrastructure to accommodate these new forms of transportation. Many cities are still in the process of adapting their roadways and traffic regulations to accommodate the growing number of electric scooters and bicycles sharing the streets with cars. Another common issue is the behavior of both micromobility device users and car drivers. Riders of electric scooters and bicycles may sometimes ignore traffic laws, such as running red lights or riding on sidewalks, putting themselves and others at risk. On the other hand, car drivers may fail to yield to micromobility users or be unaware of their presence on the road.

Staying safe

In accidents involving micromobility devices and cars, injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to more severe conditions. For example, broken bones, head injuries and spinal cord damage. The vulnerability of micromobility users in these accidents highlights the importance of raising awareness and promoting safer practices for both riders and drivers. Micromobility users should wear helmets, use lights and reflective gear at night and ride defensively to stay safe on the road. Car drivers, on the other hand, should be vigilant, give space to micromobility users and share the road responsibly.

By promoting awareness and fostering a culture of mutual respect and cooperation among all road users, people can work towards a safer and more harmonious coexistence between micromobility devices and cars.

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