E-scooter injuries cost taxpayers nearly $15 million in two years Leave a comment


Debra Christensen was left bruised and with a concussion after being hit by a Lime scooter In Auckland.

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Debra Christensen was left bruised and with a concussion after being hit by a Lime scooter In Auckland.

E-scooter-related injuries have cost taxpayers just under $15 million in the two years the devices have been on New Zealand’s streets.

New data shows ACC received a total of 6284 claims related to e-scooters and paid out $14.98 million between October 2018 and January 2021.

It received just under 200 claims in January 2021 alone, at a cost of $458,703.

In Auckland on Thursday, a court heard how a woman suffered a concussion, had severe bruising to her hip and injuries to her cheek, chin and hand after she was struck by a Lime scooter rider in 2019.

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Earlier this month, a Christchurch man was critically injured after crashing his e-scooter in the car park of a popular mall.

New data shows ACC received a total of 6284 claims related to e-scooters and paid out $14.98 million between October 2018 and January 2021.

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New data shows ACC received a total of 6284 claims related to e-scooters and paid out $14.98 million between October 2018 and January 2021.

A 2019 study showed e-scooter riders arriving at hospitals with injuries similar to those sustained in car accidents or falls from heights.

Other studies have shown pairing alcohol consumption with e-scooter riding can sometimes end badly.

A recent study found one fifth of riders admitted to Auckland City Hospital with injuries had been drinking.

Four surgeons in 2019 called for a ban on boozy riding after they found more than 40 per cent of riders who suffered head injuries had been drinking.

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Stuff reporter Brittany Keogh tries out a Neuron e-scooter in Auckland (Video first published in January 2020).

The ACC data showed the most common injuries were soft tissue injuries, with 2104 diagnosed.

That was followed by laceration/puncture/sting with 1803 and fracture/dislocation with 501.

Claims were also lodged for head injuries and concussions.

The new data also showed men lodged more e-scooter injury claims with ACC than women – 3447 and 2837 respectively.

Those aged between 20 and 24 had registered the most injury claims, followed by those aged between 25 and 29, and then those aged between 30 and 34 years.

Auckland registered the most injury claims (2246) at a cost of about $6 million, followed by Canterbury (1873) at a cost of about $3.6m, then Wellington (659) at a cost of about $1.2m.

Isaac Carlson, ACC’s head of injury prevention, said rentable e-scooters are “new and shiny” and people are often keen to have a go.

“But when something is unfamiliar, the likelihood of having an accident can increase,” he said.

“Be a considerate rider by sharing the space, and ensure you’re putting your safety first by starting slow, and by wearing a helmet.”

Safe riding tips

  • Share the space – respect the people around you by allowing space when passing, and if on the road, follow the road rules
  • Wear a helmet – it should fit nice and snug, and have two fingers of space from your eyebrows. If you do fall off and have a serious knock to the body or head, see a doctor
  • Start off slow – if you’ve never ridden a scooter before, get a feel for it first and find your balance before you go racing off



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