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Traffic Inj Prev. 2017 Apr 3;18(3):318-323. doi: 10.1080/15389588.2016.1246723. Epub 2016 Nov 14.

The casualties from electric bike and motorized scooter road accidents.

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1
a Israel National Center for Trauma and Emergency Medicine, Gertner Institute for Epidemiology and Public Health Policy , Tel-Hashomer , Israel.
2
b Department of Disaster Medicine , School of Public Health, Tel Aviv University , Tel Aviv , Israel.

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.

KEYWORDS:

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

PMID:
28166412
DOI:
10.1080/15389588.2016.1246723
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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