Electric scooters might be a convenient and low carbon way to get around but are they as safe as they seem?
A new study published by US watchdog Consumer Reports suggests not – it claims there have been at least 1,545 electric scooter-related accidents across the country since they became popular in 2017.
An Irish exchange student called Mark Sands was killed after a collision with an Uber taxi in Texas only last week, prompting calls to re-examine the safety of the vehicles, which are often available for public hire via smartphone applications.
William Wallace, Senior Policy Analyst at Consumer Reports, said: “Right now, a stunning number of e-scooter users are getting seriously hurt, including with head injuries.
“Consumers, scooter companies, cities, helmet-makers and safety regulators must work together now to improve the safety of these products.”