Atlanta Doctor Discusses Dangers of Electric Scooters
ATLANTA, GA. – (actionnewsnow.com) In an article on actionnewsnow.com, an Atlanta doctor discusses the dangers of electric scooters, as he sees more patients entering the ER with scooter injuries.
Electric scooters have gained fast and widespread popularity in larger cities around the world as alternatives to standard car transportation or public transit. Particularly for people who do not have far to travel and do not want to exert the physical energy a normal bicycle or scooter would require, e-vehicles, like electric scooters, have provided an attractive option.
Start-up companies have contributed to the growth of e-vehicles, allowing users to download apps for renting and sharing e-bikes and e-scooters. With a few button clicks, people can pick up and unlock a ride and return it to another location for a small fee. In addition, people can make a little money by charging an e-vehicle at home and returning it to a pickup location the next morning.
But amid the benefits, electric scooters present headaches for communities and can cause serious injuries. Local governments have been plagued by scooters littered all over town. Some cities have even imposed a ban on use of e-vehicle apps, while others have enforced limits on the number of vehicles a company can have out on the streets. Lawmakers are also struggling to determine whether these vehicles need license plates, whether they belong on the road or the sidewalk, and whether they present a danger to the public.
The vehicles mean fewer cars on the road but also can mean more congested shoulders or crowded sidewalks. This poses a problem and a danger in cities that already have packed, busy streets. Pedestrians could easily face risk of injury from one of these vehicles, including falls and broken bones, and drivers have difficulty appreciating the profile of people riding on the scooters. Increasing numbers of scooter riders have shown up in ERs after being hit by drivers who didn’t see them.
Both the scooter companies and municipal governments will need to work together to protect riders, drivers, and pedestrians.
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