Scooter Injuries ‘Coming in Fast and Furious’ in Major Cities
UNITED STATES – September 6, 2018 (washingtonpost.com) Electric scooters are having a moment. But so are emergency room doctors. An article from washingtonpost.com looks into the number of serious injuries occurring in many cities around the country in the wake of the recent scooter craze.*
In major cities throughout the nation, doctors have seen a rise in classic car wreck injuries — broken noses, broken wrists and shoulders, facial lacerations, and blunt head trauma. But the patients haven’t been involved in car accidents; They have been involved in scooter accidents. Shared scooter companies, like Bird, Lime, and Scoot, have been making their mark in the U.S., and riders are eager to jump on board the fun, convenient alternative to everyday commuting. The scooters, however, have sparked some serious safety concerns.
In Santa Monica, California, the fire department has responded to more than 30 accidents involving scooters just this summer. A local emergency department director said his team treated 18 patients with serious scooter injuries in just the last two weeks of July. The same is true across the state of California. “Injuries are coming in fast and furious,” said Michael Wise, chief of medical staff at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, where four patients have been treated for serious scooter injuries in only one week. “It’s just a matter of time before someone is killed. I’m absolutely certain of it.”
During its reporting, The Washington Post spoke with emergency room doctors in seven major cities, including Atlanta, Georgia. Each doctor told reporters about spikes in severe accidents involving scooters. The potential danger of these vehicles has medical professionals rushing to provide treatment and municipalities scrambling to protect city residents.
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