An e-scooter accident and nothing more controversial than that is to blame for the black eye, bruises, and facial swelling on pop star Rihanna’s face, the singer’s representatives told worried and the speculative media.
“Rihanna is completely fine now but flipped over on an electric scooter last week and bruised her forehead and face,” a spokesperson told People. “Luckily there were no major injuries and she is healing quickly.”
Controversy started brewing after TMZ ran photos of Rihanna that some paparazzi had shot in Santa Monica outside of her favorite restaurant. Rihanna stayed inside her car while staff from Giorgio Baldi brought her order to her.
Simon Cowell injured in e-bike accident
Rihanna isn’t the only celebrity to have an accident on a “micromobility” device, as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) calls them. In early August, Simon Cowell of America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent fame, broke his back after falling off an e-bike he was reportedly getting used to.
“Simon had a fall from his bike on Saturday afternoon whilst testing his new electric bike in the courtyard at his house in Malibu with his family,” his representative told the press after the accident.
The e-bike accident was serious enough to make Mr. Cowell miss all recordings of the global Got Talent entertainment franchise this season.
“The injuries are much more dramatic than anyone has been saying,” a source close to Simon said, according to OK Magazine. “Simon is in a lot of pain, and at 60 years of age, recovering from something as horrific as breaking your back takes a long time.” The source noted that Mr. Cowell had rods implanted in his back and was nearly paralyzed from the spill.
Micromobility injuries rise drastically
Injuries associated with e-scooters, e-bikes, and hoverboards are rising dramatically in the U.S., according to a new report the CPSC issued on Sept. 16. The latest data shows that the devices caused 133,000 injuries requiring emergency treatment from 2017 through 2019.
According to the CPSC report, e-scooters account for much of the increase in emergency room visits. In 2017, there were 7,700 e-scooter injuries treated in U.S. ERs. The number of injuries nearly doubled the next year to 14,500 and more than tripled last year, with 27,700 injuries reported.
People injured on or by scooters are finding it difficult to determine just who is liable for their injuries. A spectrum of scenarios involving e-scooter accidents can blur liability and compound the legal complications. E-scooter companies collect a lot of data from their devices and the people who rent them, including geo-tracking location, timestamps, and the user’s personal and payment information. But they may not be forthcoming in releasing their customers’ information, and it is unclear what laws may apply to require them to do so.