The first deadly accident involving an electric scooter recently took place in Brussels, a doctor from the emergency ward in Bruggmann Hospital confirmed. “Our on-call service witnessed a death some days ago”, Dr Jean-Christophe Cavenaile told La Libre, adding that it authorities should make it obligatory for riders to wear a helmet.
Cavenaile noted that some of the e-scooters were also unbridled, meaning they could reach very high speeds.
The majority of accidents involve traumas to the head and the spine, as well as fractured noses and injuries to the limbs and joints — particularly the knees, wrists and elbows.
Electric scooters are currently subject to the same transport rules as bikes, but authorities recently revised its maximum speed limit, raising it to 25 km/hour as opposed to the previous 18 km/hour.
Users must be at least 18-years-old to access the service, which is usually done through a smartphone application depending on the scooter operator.
Electric scooters have been very successful since their arrival in the Belgian capital, with hundreds of scooters belonging to different operators scattered across the streets of Brussels, particularly in upper-class and business neighbourhoods.
American scooter operator Lime is currently leading the market, but other European firms like Belgian e-scooter firm Troty, Dutch-led Bird and Dott or German Flash and Tier Mobility are also claiming their share of Belgian riders.