Electric scooters are popular, especially in urban areas and on college campuses. These scooters, which are available for retail sale, have also reached to a niche rental market. Capable of speeds up to 20 m.p.h., a customer finds an available scooter, scans it using the company’s smartphone app, and then rides to their destination. There, they scan the scooter once more and are charged an initial rental fee plus a per-minute of use charge. With their increased use, injuries to both riders and pedestrians have also increased. However, many of the injuries are preventable, according to the CDC, as WRCBTV reports.
In a study that was released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Thursday, the popularity of e-scooters offered by companies like Lime, Bird, Uber, and Lyft has led to an increase in emergency room visits. These visits are for fractures, lacerations, and head trauma.
The study, which was requested by the health and transportation departments in Austin, Texas, discovered that 45% of the injuries were head injuries. According to the study, the majority of these injuries could have been avoided by wearing a helmet and being more careful around cars.
After head injuries, the second-most prevalent injury was fractures to the upper extremities, which made up 27% of the injuries. Lower extremity fractures made up 12%.
The study also found that the median age of those injured was 29, and many of the people who were injured were first-time riders. 18% of the injuries involved crashes with motor vehicles.
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