E-scooters can be a fun method of transportation and are especially popular on college campuses and in downtown areas of larger cities. However, their use can lead to injuries, especially when the rider fails to adhere to certain safety precautions.
Here are a few causes of e-scooter accidents on the roads of Georgia cities.
Inexperience with the transport method
While they are growing in popularity, many people do not have much experience with operating an e-scooter. Just like someone who is new to driving a car or truck, someone with little experience or understanding of how to use an e-scooter is more likely to get into an accident. If someone is new to riding a scooter, they may want to get some practice in a less populated area first.
Operating under the influence
Downtown areas generally contain a large number of drinking establishments, and people might incorrectly think of scooters as a safer alternative to driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. However, intoxicated riders of e-scooters can face the same penalties that they would if caught driving a car while intoxicated and put themselves at risk of injuring themselves or someone else.
Failing to wear proper safety gear
E-scooters can travel quite fast, so it is a good idea to wear a helmet when riding one, just as one would when riding a bike. In addition, it is prudent to wear bright, reflexive clothing when riding at night.
Being aware of some of the causes of e-scooter accidents can help riders avoid sustaining severe injuries.