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There are so many accidents with e-scooters in Germany

Many e-scooters are ready for scrap after just three months
Many e-scooters are ready for scrap after just three monthsdpa

How dangerous are e-scooters really? This question has been raised since the new type of transport was approved for road traffic in Germany in the summer of 2019. From the beginning of 2020, secure figures for accidents with electric scooters will be available for the first time. Since then, the police have recorded them separately in the accident statistics. According to this, a driver of an e-scooter was killed in a traffic accident in the first quarter of 2020.

One dead person in accidents with e-scooters

From January to March 2020, 53,322 accidents with personal injuries were registered on German roads, according to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). 547 people were killed. Almost every tenth road fatality (52) was a cyclist, according to the report. Cyclists were involved in a total of 12,727 personal injury accidents. In the case of e-scooters, there were only 251 accidents in which people were injured. A scooter driver died. The rate of deaths in relation to the total number of accidents with personal injury for bicycles and e-scooters was the same: 0.4 percent.

This is exactly what the balance sheet looked like from January to March 2020:

Bicycle accidents with personal injury: 12,727
Dead: 52 (0.4 percent)
Seriously injured: 2052 (16.1 percent)
Slightly injured: 10,431 (82.0 percent)

E-scooter accidents with personal injury: 251
Deaths: 1 (0.4 percent)
Seriously injured: 39 (15.5 percent)
Slightly injured: 182 (72.5 percent)

In the case of bicycles and scooters, the total number of fatalities and injuries remains below the total number of accidents with personal injury. According to a Destatis spokesman, the difference is due to other injured road users, for example pedestrians run over.

Corona and e-scooters

“E-scooters still play a comparatively minor role in accidents,” the statisticians concluded after the first quarter. However, the period from January to March is not exactly the typical high phase for scooters. The corona crisis may have slowed the boom in spring and summer. In any case, new figures show: From April to May there was no further death with scooters. The rate of fatal accidents among scooters has therefore more than halved since the beginning of the year, to 0.2 percent. The rate of deaths in bicycle accidents, however, remained roughly the same.

This is what the accident statistics looked like from January to May.

Total personal injury accidents: 92,971
Killed: 1018
Seriously injured: 20,659
Slightly injured: 95,225

Bicycle accidents with personal injury: 28,744
Killed: 149 (0.5 percent)
Seriously injured: 5583 (19.4 percent)
Slightly injured: 23,105 (80.4 percent)

E-scooter accidents with personal injury: 437
Killed: 1 (0.2 percent)
Seriously injured: 82 (18.8 percent)
Slightly injured: 304 (69.6 percent)


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