Electric scooters are now part of the street scene. But accidents keep piling up – and Stuttgart residents use scooters differently than other city dwellers.
Electric scooters are now part of the street scene in almost every major city. Private vehicles are just as convenient as rental scooters from providers such as Tier, Lime or Voi – and are criticized for the increasing number of accidents and questionable use. It’s time to check the facts.
The number of accidents is increasing
Accidents involving electric scooters have only been systematically recorded since 2020. Since then, the curve has been steadily pointing upwards. In the first half of 2022, compared to the first half of 2021, there was an increase of 82.2%.
In the graph we show the development and a forecast based on the assumption that exactly the same number of e-scooter riders have an accident or are the cause of an accident in the second half of the year. For 2022, a higher number of accidents would therefore be expected overall.
Most accidents happen in Stuttgart
Nationwide, most Stuttgart residents are injured in accidents involving e-scooters. In 2022, a total of 22 accidents were recorded at the end of April. But that’s not surprising, because Stuttgart is by far the largest city in the country and several e-scooter providers rent their vehicles here.
Interestingly, the district of Tübingen (nine accidents at the end of April 2022) and the district of Ortenau follow in the accident statistics – and according to the Offenburg police and the district press office there is no There are no electric scooter rental companies in the Ortenau district.
Residents of Stuttgart travel particularly short distances
The comparison of accident data shows that the number of e-scooters and the mileage are also important – i.e. how many and which routes are travelled. This is not registered for private vehicles, but it is for rental units. However, providers are generally reluctant to publish this data.
On request, the Association Mobilité Partagée provided us with data on the average distance traveled per rental for the month of July 2022. This shows that the distances traveled in Stuttgart with electric scooters are significantly shorter than in other major cities , namely one and a half kilometers. This is well below values from other surveys and suggests that scooters are often used for distances that would typically be covered on foot.
Stuttgart is relatively safe
Perhaps the short scooter trips also mean that relatively few accidents happen in Stuttgart. Proportionally to the number of inhabitants, there are twice as many injury accidents in Cologne as in Stuttgart, and one and a half times more in Düsseldorf and Nuremberg.
Mostly slightly injured
When e-scooter riders have an accident, they usually get away with abrasions or bruises. However, a man from the district of Konstanz died in an accident this year and the number of seriously injured people in Baden-Württemberg increased by 163% compared to the first half of 2021 in Baden-Württemberg last year.
Those aged 25 to 64 are the most likely to have accidents, and this age group is involved in at least one in two accidents. This roughly corresponds to their share in the total population, explains interior ministry spokesman Renato Gigliotti. The numerically significantly smaller groups of 14-17 and 18-24 show up disproportionately in the statistics. Senior citizens, on the other hand, almost never use electric scooters and very rarely have an accident.
Alcohol as a cause of accidents
Technical defects on electric scooters very rarely lead to accidents. The drivers themselves are much more often to blame: the most important reason for an accident is unfitness to drive, for example a drunk driver. Excessive speed follows in second place.