As gas prices continue to fluctuate in the United States and people are “going green,” many commuters are turning to motorized scooters for their transportation. Scooters, like vespas, have become increasingly popular, especially in urban areas. Although they are much cheaper than cars and provide much better gas mileage, scooters come with their fair share of hazards.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 10,000 people were checked into the emergency room for injuries resulting from scooter accidents between July 2003 and July 2004. In the past six years, over 50 people were killed in a motorized scooter accident. Statistics show that 25% of scooter accidents result in bone fractures. Utah Scooter crashes are especially prevalent among drivers under the age of 15.
The light weight of a scooter that provides gas mileage efficiency also poses serious threats. While a car or truck can easily drive over small potholes, a scooter can be overturned by rough roads. Severe weather conditions and wet roads can cause problems for scooter drivers as well. Environmental conditions account for 35% of all scooter accidents.