Worst e-scooter accidents in Singapore (and how you can avoid them)
- Housewife on life support after collision with e-scooter, Sep 2016
Mdm Ang, a 53-year-old housewife, was returning from grocery shopping on a Saturday morning when an electric scooter collided into her. Severely injured, she was sent to Changi General Hospital, where she underwent two brain operations. She suffered multiple mini-strokes and entered a coma after the surgeries. Her family was given the option to take her off life support in September 2016.
Fortunately, Mdm Ang gradually awoke in October 2016. She began to move and utter short sentences, and regained mobility through use of a wheelchair. After further recovery, she was discharged from hospital in December last year.
Police arrested the 17-year-old e-scooter rider who collided into Mdm Ang.
- Youth dies after falling off e-scooter, March 2016
Mr Sam Koh, 22, died after falling off his electric scooter while on his way from East Coast Park to Marina Bay Sands, in March 2016. He suffered a broken skull and bleeding in his brain. Although he was sent to Tan Tock Seng hospital, he died there without regaining consciousness.
Mr Koh had been riding with two other friends, and fell near the Tanjong Rhu flyover. He was not wearing a helmet.
Considered an expert at e-scooters, Mr Koh worked at PassionGadgets as a sales assistant for over two years and was well-known in the community. Community members remembered him as helpful and passionate.
- French chiropractor dies after falling from e-scooter, November 2017
A 38-year-old chiropractor fell of his e-scooter and died at the Green Connecting Bridge along East Coast Park Service Road. Mr Matthieu Thomas Maugueret, a French national, had just gotten his device four days before, and was on his way home.
Mr Maugueret had a broken skull and severe head injuries. He died without regaining consciousness 5 days after his accident. He was not wearing a helmet.
How to avoid e-scooter accidents in 7 easy steps
As with any sport or form of transport, accidents can happen. However, we can lower the chances of accidents by following simple safety guidelines and adopting other forms of precaution. Here are 7 ways to keep yourself safe and make every e-scooter ride a pleasant experience.
- Wear a helmet. Fatalities happen when riders or pedestrians hit their head on the road during an accident. Helmets lessen the chance of suffering brain injury. In two of the three accidents above, riders died from severe head injuries, which could have been avoided if they had been wearing helmets.
- Keep within speed limits. Keep below 25 km/h on cycling/shared paths, and below 15km/h on footpaths. Speeding makes it easier for the rider to lose control of the device and increases the chance of an accident.
- Maintain your device. Ensure that your device is functioning properly – check the brakes, tyres, and lights are working before going for a ride. Faulty gear creates hazard for you and the people around you.
- Dismount and walk your device when you see “No Riding” signs.
- Observe the rules. Ensure you only travel on designated roads. Electric scooters are only allowed on footpaths and shared paths, not on main roads.
- Don’t ride when you’re tired. Riding an e-scooter requires concentration and attention. Make sure that you’re in a good state before riding. Don’t get on the scooter if you’re too tired or are inebriated.
- No stunts. The e-scooter was meant for traveling. Do not use it to perform stunts.