UK releases accident figures for e-scooters

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There were 460 accidents involving e-scooters in the UK during the year 2020, according to a new Department for Transport publication.

The report said that there were 484 casualties last year and one death, with 128 people seriously injured and 355 slightly injured.

Of the total casualties, 384 were e-scooter users, with 105 riders suffering serious injuries.

There were also 57 pedestrian casualties (13 serious injuries) and 21 cyclist casualties (seven serious injuries).

Across the year, there was an upward trend in casualties between April and December, barring a decline in November.

In terms of age groups, 10 to 29 years olds were involved in the highest number of casualties for e-scooter users, while men were far more likely to be injured than women at almost all age groups.

More than 50 per cent of casualties not involving e-scooter users impacted people between the age of 30 and 59.

Finally, more than half (291) of the casualties were reported in London by the Metropolitan Police.

The report did not include data on which riders involved in casualties had been wearing helmets.

Private e-scooters remain illegal to use on public roads, while shared e-scooter trials have been running across the country since July 2020.

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