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ore than 100 people were seriously injured riding e-scooters in London last year, it has been revealed.

Transport for London said that 98 people were badly hurt and three killed in the capital riding the battery-powered scooters, which are illegal to use on public roads and pavements.

TfL said the number of casualties had increased dramatically, from one in 2017, and now accounted for three per cent of all people killed or seriously injured on London roads.

It came as the first medical study into the injuries suffered by riders – and pedestrians they crash into – found that many suffered “life-changing” wounds, with almost a third requiring surgery.

The research found 105 orthopaedic injuries in 83 patients treated at three London hospitals – Chelsea and Westminster, Charing Cross and St Mary’s – between March 1 and November 30, 2020.

Lead researcher Nina de la Cruz, an orthopaedic surgeon, said the injured included children who had fallen after riding with a friend or adult on the same e-scooter.

She said many injuries were sustained late at night, with the rider not wearing a helmet or reflective clothing.

She launched the research after noticing the number of e-scooter riders arriving injured at hospital at the start of the pandemic.

More than 40 per cent of riders admitted travelling above 15mph, and a third of the crashes happened on pavements

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“All of a sudden there were so many referrals for e-scooter related injuries,” she said. “When we checked the data we were surprised how many patients we were getting. Some of them were properly high-impact trauma that required operative management.”

Published in the Royal College of Surgeons of England’s journal Annals, the research recorded 93 fractures, including 12 open fractures. A total of 25 people required an operation.

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