E-scooter riders injured 100 road users in ONE YEAR, figures reveal

E-scooter riders injured 21 cyclists, 22 people in vehicles and 57 pedestrians in just ONE YEAR, figures reveal

  • E-scooter riders hit and injured 100 road users and pedestrians in the last year
  • Figures revealed that 383 e-scooter riders were injured in accidents during 2020
  • Shakur Pinnock, 20, died in June six days after he was involved in crash with car
  • In 2019, Emily Hartridge, 35, died after being struck by a lorry while on e-scooter 

E-scooter riders hit and injured 100 road users and pedestrians last year, it was revealed yesterday.

That breaks down into 21 cyclists, 22 people in vehicles and 57 pedestrians, according to figures from the Department for Transport.

A staggering 383 riders were themselves injured in accidents last year – and one was killed.

This year, another rider, Shakur Pinnock, 20, died in June six days after he was involved in a crash with a car in Wolverhampton.

And in July 2019, YouTube star and TV presenter Emily Hartridge, 35, died after she was struck by a lorry while riding an e-scooter at a roundabout in Battersea, south London.

E-scooter riders hit and injured 100 road users – 21 cyclists, 22 people in vehicles and 57 pedestrians – last year, according to figures from the Department for Transport (file image)

The 2020 figures, which do not distinguish between rented and privately owned e-scooters, will add to long-running safety concerns about the contraptions.

Most of the victims were at least 40 and eight children under ten were also injured. 

Thirteen of the pedestrians were seriously hurt. Yet two-thirds of the riders hurt in e-scooter accidents were under 30.

Of these, 123 were aged 20 to 29, 118 were aged ten to 19 – and two were under ten.

Private e-scooters cannot legally be used in the UK except on private land.

Many are nevertheless often taken on to roads and pavements.

Dozens of legalised e-scooter rental schemes were launched in cities and towns from July 2020 as part of Government trials. Rental e-scooters are also banned from pavements.

This year, another rider, Shakur Pinnock, 20, died in June six days after he was involved in a crash with a car in Wolverhampton (file image)

But in April, a three-year-old boy suffered two breaks in his collarbone when he was hit from behind by an e-scooter while walking on a pavement with his grandmother in Feltham, west London.

In another alarming incident, a drunken e-scooter rider was stopped by police while using the motorway to get home after a night out in Birmingham in August.

The charity Guide Dogs has called for the sale of private high-speed e-scooters to be banned over fears that those with sight loss are being forced to change their route or even avoid independent travel.

Meanwhile, officials are considering how to help police stop e-scooters and e-bikes from being used to commit crimes.

The Defence and Security Accelerator (Dasa), part of the Ministry of Defence, has asked for extra police powers because it is difficult for officers to halt riders without putting people at risk.

Riders do not always wear helmets, Dasa said, adding: ‘The small wheels of e-scooters and high centre of gravity of the rider make the rider vulnerable to injury in the event of a loss of control.’

Dasa also asked officials to look into tracking down suspects electronically after reports earlier this year suggesting that e-scooter crimes are rising.

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