SALT LAKE CITY — Electric scooters are involved in hundreds of emergency room visits, according to a recent study conducted by University of California, Los Angeles.
The study found 249 patients reported to emergency rooms in Los Angeles from September 2017 to August 2018 due to electric scooter-related injuries.
The UCLA study shows that 228 of the individuals surveyed were injured while riding e-scooters, and 21 were injured as non-riders.
Roughly 10 percent of patients were under the age of 18.
Only 10 riders were reported as wearing helmets and 12 were perceived as riding under the influence of alcohol.
Of the 249, 58 percent were men.
According to the study, 80 percent of scooter-related injuries were falls, followed by collision injuries (11 percent) and injuries resulting from being hit by a moving object (roughly 9 percent).
Roughly 40 percent of reported injuries were head injuries.
Researchers observed and recorded scooter activity at two busy intersections and found “a significant number of riders violating rules by sharing the scooter with a passenger as well as frequent violation of traffic laws,” according to NBC San Diego.
Among 193 e-scooter riders observed in September 2018, 94.3 percent were not wearing a helmet.
Researchers believe the study drastically underestimates the number of injuries associated with e-scooters.
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Noman Khan, communications officer for University Hospital, told Deseret News that from June to September 2018, doctors at the hospital treated 21 scooter-related injuries.
That number is up from eight scooter-related injuries in the same period in 2017 and represents a 162 percent increase.
Khan noted that 2017 figures predate the incorporation of Lime and Bird e-scooters in the summer of 2018.