Electric scooter accidents triple in a year and ten drivers are killed, according to government figures

October 3, 2022, 12:41 PM

The number of collisions involving electric scooters has tripled, from 460 in 2020 to 1,352 in 2021.

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Crashes involving electric scooters have tripled in a year, government figures show.

The Department for Transport’s annual road accident report found there were 1,352 reported collisions involving electric scooters, eclipsing the 2020 figure of 460.

Ten people were killed, all electric scooter riders, and 421 others were injured, including 67 pedestrians and two cyclists. 162 other pedestrians were slightly injured.

In comparison, 2020 saw one electric scooter death and 129 serious injuries.

Ten people have been killed in collisions involving e-scooters - all e-scooter riders.

Ten people have been killed in collisions involving e-scooters – all e-scooter riders.

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Separate interim data from Transport for London suggests there have been two e-scooter deaths in the capital this year.

One involved a 14-year-old girl who collided with a van in March, while another involved Joshim Uddin, 32, who was killed in a ‘hit-and-run’ by a car in Tower Hamlets in July.

The rise in fatalities and serious injuries will add to ongoing concerns about the dangers of electric scooters, especially to pedestrians when riding illegally on sidewalks.

Scooters are supposed to be limited to 15.5 mph, but some are “fixed” for higher speeds.

Electric scooters are illegal on public roads unless rented under a government-approved trial program.

Electric scooters can only be used on public roads if they are part of a government-approved rental program.

Electric scooters can only be used on public roads if they are part of a government-approved rental program.

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Jack Cousens, traffic policy manager for the AA, said: “As electric scooter trials continue across the country, accidents involving electric scooters have increased by 193% in 2021 compared to 2020.

“The broader introduction of micro-mobility into the national transportation landscape must examine how we can embrace new and emerging personal mobility technologies without compromising the safety of all road users, including pedestrians.”

The report also revealed that road deaths rose 7% from the previous year to 1,558, but the figure was still 11% lower than pre-pandemic levels.

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The UK remains the sixth country in the world for the number of road deaths.

Cyclist fatalities were also down 21% year-on-year, from 141 to 111. In 2019, a total of 100 cyclists were killed.

A total of 4,353 cyclists were reportedly seriously injured and 11,994 slightly injured last year.

Between 2004 and 2021, the number of bicycle trips has increased faster than the number of serious injuries.

Rural roads are where 56% of cycling fatalities occur, while 44% occur on urban roads.

Failure to wear a seatbelt contributed to 30% of car fatalities last year – rising to 47% at night.

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