A new study suggests that foot-powered scooters pose more dangers and risks for the kids. Over the years one child has been treated from the toy every three minutes. While this is unfortunate, a scooter injury does not always warrant a product liability lawsuit. Instead, this blog encourages parents to be mindful of the alarming rate of injuries and observant of any defects.

The Study

Researchers have turned to the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital for insight into scooter-related injuries. According to the organization, injuries have jumped to 40% before 2014. With the recent advances of technology and e-scooters, the damages are likely to have increased over the years.

Since the late 90s, infants, toddlers, and kids under the age of 18 were getting hurt at the rate of 18.9 per 10,000 Americans. It nearly doubled by 2011. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, “The total number of toy-related injuries grew even more during that period, from 121,249 in 1990 to 195,363 in 2011. That’s an increase of 61%, the researchers reported…”

A few key highlights of toy-related injuries outside of scooters:

  • Children who are younger than 5 accounted for half of the total injuries reported based on data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance.
  • 4/5 injuries happened at home – mostly from boys
  • Toy related injuries were more frequent during the warm summer months

Not All Injuries Can Be Prevented

Adolescents under the age of 18 are known for being active. Common injuries like the scrape of a knee are expected. But our personal injury attorneys can also assure you that most scooter injuries would be more preventable if they were designed for safer use. Kids are going to continue playing with the toys fit for their age demographic. We’re here to help should you need legal counsel.