Research Shows Increasing Injuries Without Electric Helmets When Using Electric Scooters in the U.S.
San Francisco (KGO)-According to a study from the University of California, San Francisco, the number of injured people on electric scooters has increased dramatically.
Related research found that only 4% of electric scooter riders injured in the accident wore helmets
In California, lobbyists of electric scooter companies have fought hard to protect people's helmet laws.
From 2014 to 2018, the number of scooter-related injuries and hospitalizations in the United States quadrupled, an increase of 222%. 39,000 people were injured.
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Dr. Benjamin Breyer of UCSF Health compiled data collected from hospitals across the country.
"I think the most shocking thing is that a third of the people who came to the emergency room had head injuries," Breyer said.
This is twice the head injury of cyclists, but many resist the idea of wearing a helmet.
Electric scooter rider Jamar Jasper said: "They didn't go fast, they didn't bring climax, and I wouldn't bring my own helmet."
"The most injured people are young people aged 18 to 34," Breyer said.
The move to allow helmets for people over 18 years of age began 80 miles from the city of Ripon in San Francisco's Central Valley.
MP Heath Flora introduced AB 2989, which requires only people under 18 to wear helmets. Their argument was that standing motorcycle riders would not have to wear a helmet without telling adult cyclists to wear a helmet.
The bill was signed in September 2018 by then governor Jerry Brown.
Bird, one of the electric scooter companies, said: "We provide it to riders for free, and so far we have given away more than 65,000 helmets."
Enrique Sigui did not wear a helmet during the accident. He does it now.
"Just protect yourself in traffic," Squee said. "If I fall, the most vulnerable part is the head, so wearing a helmet is a good idea."