E-scooter claims have now cost ACC more than $6.2m since Lime launched in NZ in October 2018.
ACC's bill excludes accident and emergency and hospital costs, which are bulk-funded.
There have now been a total of 4281 claims to ACC for e-scooter injures - or nearly one for every 4975 rideshare scooter on the country's streets. Auckland is the process of raising e-scooter numbers to 3200.
There was a dramatic slowdown in new claims last month, which fell to a post-Lime launch low of 105.
The lull in prangs was predictable. The New Year began with the largest rideshare market, Auckland, nearly devoid of scooters in the lull between Lime being kicked out and newcomers arriving.
The taxpayer-funded accident insurer also broke down its 4281 e-scooter claims by type.
Over the past 16 months, there have been 2191 soft tissue injuries, 1030 punctures or lacerations, 710 fractures or dislocations, 99 dental injuries and 99 concussions or brain injuries.
Loss of balance (3511) is easily the biggest cause of accidents, but there have also been 147 collisions.
Jump by Uber launches in Auckland as council boosts e-scooter numbers
A Herald editorial questioned Auckland Council's decision to raise its e-scooter license limit from 1875 to 3200 when cycle-way infrastructure was still very much a work in progress, and central government had yet to say if it would change the law around e-scooters on footpaths, or introduce speed-limits or mandatory helmets or other safety measures for low-powered vehicles. Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter says a paper will go to Cabinet shortly and a public discussion process would follow).
In the meantime, Auckland Council has imposed 15km/h speed limits and curfews in some areas.
Some public transport advocates have accused the media of picking on e-scooters.
But beyond being the only popular form of transport that sits in a regulatory grey area, studies have indicated disturbing trends when e-scooters are compared to other forms of transport.
E-scooter injuries at Dunedin's emergency department outpaced car-related presentations in 2019, for example, according to an article published in Emergency Medicine Australasia
Breaking down the vehicle-related injuries of 172 people in a six-week 2018 timeframe and 228 in 2019, University of Otago researchers found 56 people were injured in 52 e-scooter accidents in 2019.
Lime scooters began operating in Dunedin in January 2019.
Car and truck-related injuries were at 52, and motorbikes and mopeds 21.
The largest group was bicycle-related at 62, which included collisions between bicycles and cars.
On average, e-scooters patient took a hospital bed for 2h 44min a day during the 2019 study period.
And although e-scooters are often compared to regular scooters and bikes - which spark more claims to ACC - research has also found that accidents on e-scooters are often closer in character to those caused by motorcycles.
A study found of Auckland Hospital's e-scooter-related acute surgery costs were $360,000 from Lime's launch on October 15, 2018 to February 22, 2019 as e-scooters caused more serious injuries than motorbikes.
Of 708 acute orthopaedic operations at the hospital, 98 of which related to vehicles excluding cars, 23 operations were for e-scooter riders, 34 for bicycles, 20 for motorbikes, 11 for skateboards and 10 for mopeds.
Auckland Council six-month licence period to June 3, 2020
• Total e-scooter allocation: Raised from 1875 to 3200
• Beam: 880
• Neuron: 880
• Jump by Uber: 735
• Flamingo: 630
• Yet-to-be-allocated: 75