The number of people injured in accidents involving
scooters, bicycles and skateboards transported by INEM almost tripled in four
“Accidents involving bicycles, scooters and skateboards have
been increasing, particularly in large urban centres”, highlighted Luís Meira,
president of the National Institute of Medical Emergencies (INEM).
Noting that it is difficult to obtain reliable data on the
accident rate of the so-called soft mobility, Luís Meira specified that one in
three injured people is serious.
INEM recorded 6,280 injuries with scooters, bicycles and
skateboards in 2022, the previous year it had transported 3,251, while in 2020
– a year marked by restrictions on circulation due to the pandemic – there were
2,642 injured and in 2019 there were 2,265.
Compared to 2021, injuries from accidents transported by
INEM increased by 93% in 2022.
Of the 6,280 injured transported by INEM last year, 4,254
were cyclists, 4,254 scooter users and 335 skateboarders.
Regarding scooter users, accidents increased by 78% last
year compared to 2021, when 946 were recorded, falling again in 2020 (367),
while in 2019 INEM recorded 577 injuries.
Regarding cyclists, the National Institute of Medical
Emergency recorded 4,254 accidents in 2022, falling to 3,004 in 2021, to 1,970
in 2020 and 1,510 in 2019.
According to INEM, most accidents involving soft mobility happened
in the summer months, namely in July and August, and the municipalities of
Lisbon, Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia, Cascais and Coimbra are those with the
highest number of disasters.
The president of INEM was also concerned about the
increasing use of bicycles and scooters in delivery services and argued that it
is necessary to impose rules, “more severe” regulation and “tighter”
Also present at the seminar, the director of the integrated
responsibility center for orthopedic traumatology at the Centro Hospitalar
Universitário de Lisboa Central, João Fernandes, announced that this unit will
sign, in the first week of February, a protocol with the ANSR for the sharing
of data and so that there is more information about accidents and injuries involving
Much higher numbers in reality
The doctor, who runs the only hospital that receives this
type of injured in the southern region, Hospital de São José, said that more
information is needed.
With this protocol, the accident data involving scooters
will probably be five times more, he warned, taking into account the current
problem that these injured people are, namely due to the serious and complex
injuries that affect various organs, for not wearing a helmet, being foreigners
and not having insurance.
The doctor explained that these wounded are “an economic and
social burden” for the State, they spend more than a month in hospitals,
undergo several surgeries and occupy beds in intensive care.
"These wounded are occupying beds that the National Health Service was not counting on", he said, stressing that many arrive at the hospital drunk.