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living dangerously Over 50pc of people injured on e-scooters not wearing helmets, research finds

The study found that the majority of patients were aged in their late 30s or early 40s


Transport: On e-scooter

Transport: On e-scooter

Transport: On e-scooter

More than half of those injured on e-scooters in the last year were not wearing helmets, new research shows.

Research carried out by Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown in Dublin, the first of its kind in Ireland, found that injuries sustained from e-scooters were severe and complex, frequently resulting in surgery.

An analysis of patients at the hospital over a 12-month period was carried out to assess the injuries sustained from scooter-related accidents.

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Dr Ciara Fox said the injuries were “quite extensive, complex injuries and even after surgical reconstruction patients had a high risk of post-traumatic arthritis.”

The study found that the majority of patients were aged in their late 30s or early 40s and had been using the e-scooter to commute to and from work.

Analysis shows that 68pc of the admitted people sustained fractures in the accidents.

73pc of those treated at the hospital were male and more than half of all patients did not have a full driving licence.

The research also found that one in four had less than a week of e-scooter driving experience, while 60pc said they had less than six months’ experience using an e-scooter.

Dr Fox added that 60pc of patients had not been wearing a helmet at the time of their accident and stressed that almost half of them had some form of head injury as a result.

“It is quite serious and something as simple as a helmet and the education for people to be aware that a helmet can be life-saving,” she said.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Dr Fox said that she believes the failure to wear a helmet stems from the belief that e-scooters are a children’s device, and as a result they are not treated as seriously.

She added that she was surprised that so many people have not been wearing helmets when using e-scooters in the same way that one would wear protective headgear when riding a bike.

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