Riding posture affects e-scooter driver injuries in crashes

The riding posture of e-scooter riders increases the risk of head or brain injuries in crashes and collisions, online failure videos reveal

  • Experts say the position of e-scooter riders can affect head or brain injuries
  • Investigate recreated series of typical accident scenarios via computational methods
  • The fall posture of the cyclist has a distinct effect on head and/or brain damage
  • Cyclists ‘would benefit from hand, shoulder and chest padding’ – study

The riding posture of e-scooter riders may increase the risk of head or brain injuries in accidents and crashes, according to a new study.

Chinese researchers recreated a series of typical accident scenarios via computational methods to study how cranial injuries were affected by collisions with fixed obstacles or falls due to mechanical failure.

They said solo and two-wheeled electric scooters caused the same injuries, but the rider’s fall posture had a distinct effect on head and/or brain damage.

Experts said those who crash would “benefit from padding their hands, shoulders and chest to reduce the potential severity of collisions between their head and the road surface”.

Findings: The riding posture of e-scooter riders may increase the risk of head or brain injuries in crashes and collisions, new research finds

Chinese researchers recreated a series of typical accident scenarios via computational methods to study how cranial injuries were affected by collisions with fixed obstacles or falls due to mechanical failure

Chinese researchers recreated a series of typical accident scenarios via computational methods to study how cranial injuries were affected by collisions with fixed obstacles or falls due to mechanical failure

They found that half of the runners in their scenarios had a 50% chance of having a skull fracture, while several had a 50% risk of serious brain injury.

Generally, higher speed played an important role in producing an injury, and the severity of that injury, the researchers from Changsha University of Science and Technology in China added.

However, there was no clear difference in head kinematics and injury risk between solo and two-wheeled scooters.

The researchers decided to conduct the study following an increase number of traffic accidents related to self-balancing electric scooters (ESS) in recent years.

Experts looked at some crash scenarios based on online ‘failure’ videos and then assessed a cyclist’s risk of head or brain injury.

Experts have said that those who have an accident

Experts said those who crash would ‘benefit from padding their hands, shoulders and chest to reduce the potential severity of collisions between their head and the road surface’ (stock image)

They wrote in their paper: “Results showed that two types of ESS (solo and two-wheeler) have no clear differences in head kinematics and head injury risk.”

The researchers added that “half of the analyzed ESS runners had a 50% probability of skull fracture”, and that “higher ESS speed generates a higher level of predicted head injury parameters”.

“Our results suggest that ESS riders who crash would benefit from cushioning their hands, shoulders and chest to reduce the potential severity of collisions between their head and the road surface,” they added.

“These findings will provide theoretical support for the prevention of head injuries in ESS drivers, and data support for developing and legislating ESS.”

The study was published in the Royal Society Interface Journal.

Electric scooters pose a risk to ALL road users without strict regulations controlling their use, say major insurers

Strict regulations and enforcement are needed over the use of electric scooters, insurance industry bodies say amid fears over their safety.

In the year to June 2021, there were 882 accidents involving the devices across Britain, according to government figures.

This claimed 931 victims, including 732 electric scooter users.

In a letter to the Secretary of Transport Grant Shappbodies such as the Association of British Insurers have said there are concerns of a risk to all road users until there is robust regulation beyond official testing.

He called for consistent standards on the construction and safety of electric scooters, including whether helmet wearing is made mandatory.

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