Accidents involving e-scooters represented less than 1% of all vehicle accidents resulting in personal injury in 2020, according to a report by the German statistics agency Destatis on Friday.
The first full-year data collected on e-scooter-related accidents shows that the vehicle – first authorized in Germany in May 2019 – not as dangerous as many experts fear.
Only 2,155 or 0.8% of the 264,000 accidents resulting in personal injury recorded by German police in 2020 were attributed to e-scooters. Most of these accidents involve injuries only to the scooter rider himself.
In comparison, the police recorded around 91,500 bicycle accident which causes personal injury.
While five people died from e-scooter accidents, in the same period 426 cyclists were killed. Bicycles are of course the more commonly used method of transportation.
What are the main causes of electric scooter accidents?
The two main causes of accidents involving e-scooters are drunk and incorrectly using the bicycle path or cycling on the sidewalk.
About 18% of accidents are caused by e-scooter users the drunk, according to a police report.
The share of drunk drivers who cause accidents on e-scooters is significantly higher than the share of drunk drivers who cause accidents with their cars – 7.1%.
E-scooters are prohibited from using pedestrian sidewalks and are otherwise restricted to bicycle lanes where available or traveling with traffic on the road if not available.
Nearly 400 accidents were reported because e-scooter users ignored this rule.
Statistics point to younger users
Most of the people involved in e-scooter accidents are under 45 with a third being 25 or younger.
In comparison, only about half of the cyclists who experience accidents are under 45 years old and a quarter under 25 years old.
Nearly half of e-scooter accidents that result in personal injury involve only the rider and three in five deaths are caused by accidents in which no one else is involved.
The majority of the remaining accidents involve cars. More than a third of the injuries in e-scooter accidents come from drivers crashing into cars.
The data shows that the majority of people using e-scooters are younger and the vehicle may be considered less dangerous than other options meaning more people accept the risks of drinking and driving.
During the Corona virus pandemic, electronic scooters have also become a relatively popular alternative for traveling on congested public transportation.