If you use a motorized scooter (also called an electric scooter or e-scooter), be sure to wear a helmet—and don’t ride if you’re under the influence of alcohol or drugs. That’s the takeaway from a study of 61 people treated for scooter-related injuries at an Arizona emergency department between October 2018 and October 2019, published in JAMA Network Open.
Though most of the treated individuals had mild injuries, one-third had severe injuries to the head, neck, or face or severe neurological injuries; two of the riders died from traumatic brain injuries. None of the riders had been wearing a helmet at the time of injury. And more than half tested positive for alcohol, illicit drugs, or both.
E-scooters have become an increasingly popular mode of transportation, especially in cities, but many people remain unaware of how dangerous they can be. In addition to the steps above, other tips for safe e-scooting include keeping both hands on the handlebars (put your cell phone in your pocket or bag), not wearing earbuds or headphones, making eye contact with motorists and pedestrians to ensure they see you, and riding in a bike lane when possible (and never on the sidewalk).
Also see Electric Scooters: Watch Out!