IE spotted some interesting research published online, by a team of academics based in Barcelona.
This study is very useful for insurers, as Barcelona has been a pioneer city when it comes to e-scooter hire and rental trials, so you are getting a glimpse of what a future injury landscape in London might look like by October this year.
Brokers and insurers will be able to see patterns of typical injuries from e-scooter usage, as more data accumulates from hospitals and clinics. The next step to really understanding true risk, will be the cross-referencing of alcohol or drugs, no licence, owned scooters vs hired, Police involvement (i.e. chases, checkpoints) linked accident/crime history of the e-scooter rider and so on. If you don’t know the mindset of the e-scooter user involved in accidents which result in serious injuries, then you can’t draw conclusions about the likelihood of accidents during regular 9-6pm commuting by fully insured and licensed riders.
The aim of the study was to describe demographics injury patterns of electric scooter accidents produced over one year.
Methods: A prospective observational study of electric scooter- related injuries presented in the emergency room from May 2019 until May 2020. The inclusion criteria was based on the direct cause of injury produced while an electric scooter was in use. Demographic data, the use of a helmet or the lack thereof, accident mechanism, injury time, type of injury produced, and the treatment applied were collected.
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Results: Over the study period, 397 patients were identified with a total of 422 injuries. The mean age was 30.8 years, with 12.6% of patients being minors. The patients mainly presented in evening hours and in summertime at the emergency department. Of the total injuries seen, 46.9% were fractures. Some 25% of the total cases required surgery. Only 19% of the riders wore a helmet at the time of the accident. Most of the fractures were to the upper limbs (62.6%). There was a greater incidence of radius fractures.
Conclusion: Injuries incurred while using electric scooters are an emerging phenomenon, despite existing regulations. In this study, most injuries occurred in young men and were due to falls from the vehicle. Nearly half of those injuries were fractures to the upper limbs. Surprisingly, 50% of the fractures required surgery.
You can download a pdf here by the way.