E-Scooters Safety Tips

E Scooters Safety TipsThey are everywhere! Whether it is Louisville, Nashville, or any other major city you have probably seen e-scooters parked around.
In the last several years, e-scooters have quickly become a fast, inexpensive way to get from point A to point B. And what is not to love about the convenience of them? Simply download the app, find the nearest e-scooter and scan it to start cruising around the city. Once you get to your destination, simply leave it!

Never has there been such a brilliant alternative to walking across town, or just spending a few hours having fun.

However, not every ride on e-scooter's end in happy tales.

E-Scooters can cruise at speeds up to 20 miles per hour and require no special training or skills to use them. Add alcohol to the mix and it can be a recipe for disaster.

E-Scooters account for over 25,000 ER visits each year. While some of the most traumatic accidents account for major head injuries, skull fractures and brain bleeds, the majority are less extreme, but still very problematic none-the-less.

"A lot of people are really unaware how dangerous they can be," said Dr. Jiao of Kleinert Kutz. “We have seen an increase in broken bones, cuts and abrasions from accidents.”

Dr. Jiao recommends the following tips for your next e-scooter ride:

  1. View the safety instructions before hopping on an e-scooter. E-Scooter rental companies have excellent safety slides or videos that highlight appropriate use and safe handling of the device, all located within the convenience of the app.
  2. Always use the designated space (e.g. bike lane), go with the flow of traffic, and follow traffic laws. Although this seems very straight forward, it is easy to get caught up while having fun and forget that you are on a vehicle that is capable of moving very quickly.
  3. Always wear safety equipment. Helmet laws vary by city and state, but it is always smart to wear a helmet to protect yourself. E-Scooter companies will even have helmets attached to their vehicles when in a location that requires them.
  4. Protect your hands! Unfortunately, there are no laws regarding hand and wrist braces for operating any of these vehicles. Although it may not be legally required to wear wrist braces, knee pads, or elbow pads, these are high impact areas that will often “break” a person’s fall. For your own safety, and to minimize the chances of really getting hurt, wear extra protective gear to keep you going!

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