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One in three people injured in an electric scooter accident in Spain ends up in intensive care

Electric scooter rider. File photograph.

Electric scooter rider. File photograph. / SUR

  • The number of people injured grew last year by 31 per cent and the number of deaths by 20 per cent

A study by the Mapfre insurance company in Spain has found that one in three people injured in an electric scooter accident in Spain ends up being admitted to an intensive care unit, mainly due to serious head injuries.

The data collected by Mapfre shows that more than 100 injury accidents were reported in 2020 and that six of those injured subsequently died.

The report shows that both the volume of claims and the number of injuries grew by more than 31 per cent in a single year and that the number of deaths increased by 20 per cent, from five to six.

A rider not wearing a helmet was the factor that weighed heavily in most injury and death accidents registered in 2020.

The insurance company's analysis showed that practically all the accidents occur in urban areas and that almost half involve scooter drivers between 16 and 35 years old.

The most frequent type of collisions (60 per cent) involve other vehicles - mainly cars - but 20 per cent involve pedestrians and 11 per cent falls from scooters.

The six deaths due to electric scooter accidents occurred last year in Catalonia - Lloret de Mar (Gerona), Santa María de Palautordera (Barcelona) and Barcelona city, in Galicia (Coruña and Pontevedra), and in Benidorm (Alicante).

Half of all fatal accidents were collisions with other vehicles and the other half were falls by the riders.

Fifty per cent of the cases involved riders between the ages of 16 and 35 and a fourth victim was a 10-year-old girl, who died after suffering a blow to the head after a fall from a scooter.

The Mapfre technicians and intensive care unit doctors are in agreement that safety measures should always be respected particularly with regard to wearing a helmet. They believe that the authorities should make it mandatory. At the moment it is something that each municipality regulates.

They also insist on the need to wear reflective vests, not to ride while listening to music devices, not to use the foot to slow down, not to ride on pavements and that riders get off the skate to cross pedestrian crossings.