The casualties from electric bike and motorized scooter road accidents

Maya Siman-Tov, Irina Radomislensky, Trauma Group Israel Trauma Group, Kobi Peleg

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Abstract

Objective: The objective of this study was to describe demographic and injury characteristics of hospitalized injured patients involved in e-bike and motorized scooter accidents at a national level in Israel divided by different road user groups: riders and pedestrians. Methods: This was a retrospective study based on data from the National Trauma Registry, between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2015. All hospitalized casualties due to the involvement of an e-bike or motorized scooter were included. The type of hospitalized road user was further categorized and described by different variables. Results: During the study period, the Israel Trauma Registry identified 795 hospitalized patients due to an e-bike or motorized scooter accident, with a dramatic 6-fold increase from 2013 to 2015. Although the majority of the injured patients were riders, 8% were pedestrians. Among the total casualties, 33% were children aged 0–14 years and among pedestrians 42% were children and 33% were seniors (ages 60+). Five persons died in hospital, 3 riders and 2 pedestrians. Conclusions: E-bike and motorized scooter riders represent the majority of patients hospitalized due to related traffic incident. This finding questions the social and economic advantages of electric-powered 2-wheeled vehicles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)318-323
Number of pages6
JournalTraffic Injury Prevention
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Apr 2017

Keywords

  • Electric bicycle
  • hospitalized patients
  • injury
  • motorized scooter
  • trauma

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