UCLA study finds higher injury rate for electric scooters than motorcycles

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Electric scooter rider injury rates are higher than the national motorcycle rider injury rate, according to a new study.

Research conducted by UCLA analyzed patients who presented to up to 180 clinics and two hospitals in the greater Los Angeles area between January 1, 2014 and May 14, 2020.

According to the study, researchers reviewed 36 million clinical notes.

Among the injured are both drivers and pedestrians.

In total, the study identified 1,354 people injured by electric scooters. Thirty percent were seen in more than one clinical setting, such as an emergency department and a follow-up visit. The study said 29% required advanced imaging, 6% hospitalization and two died.

One of the study’s authors said that injuries from electric scooters may be less serious than injuries from motorcycles, but the scooter injury rate was underestimated.

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The injury rate for an electric scooter rider would be higher than the national injury rate for a motorcycle rider, according to a new study from UCLA.

The study looked at scooter incidents in a section of Los Angeles over a recent six-year period.

Among the injured are both drivers and pedestrians.

One of the study’s authors says injuries from electric scooters may be less serious than injuries from motorcycles, but the rate of scooter injuries was underestimated.

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