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E-scooter injuries rising

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It seems strange to wonder about the dangers of e-scooters on the roads and pavements however, there is a clear reason for why this is strictly not legal. However, with the availability of rental schemes, that have been met with criticism, there have been some injuries that were reported.

At least 57 pedestrians were injured after being hit by e-scooters across the UK last year, new figures from the Department of Transport (DfT) have shown.

These modes of transportation have begun being a popular form of transportation over the last few years yet despite privately owns e-scooters not being considered as road legal.

According to the Department of Transport, of the 57 injuries reported, 13 are considered to be in serious condition. Twenty-two people in other vehicles and 21 cyclists were also involved in collisions with the scooters.

Bryn Brooker, head of marketing and road safety at Nextbase, has issued advice about how e-scooters could be used more safely.

He said: “It will come as no surprise that we have seen an increase in the amount of serious e-scooter collisions from our dash cam users.

“We suggest that motorists take extra time to check their surroundings before they make any manoeuvres, always give e-scooter riders at least 1.5 metres of space when overtaking, and do not alarm them by beeping your horn or speeding up, this is likely to cause riders to lose concentration.

While it certainly is a novel and potentially more eco friendly mode of transportation, the current lack of regulatory oversight or even the general public awareness on the handling of such modes of transportation makes this an extremely volatile option.

It would be much better if these e-scooters could even be equipped with cameras that can be monitored to ensure that any accountability is maintained should an accident occur.

Written by: jaimmynanayakkara@yahoo.com

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