University of Georgia Student Injured While Riding Scooter
GEORGIA- According to redandblack.com, a female student from the University of Georgia fell off her Bird scooter two times on the same day. A bus driver who witnessed the first fall reported that the girl then stood back up and attempted to continue riding her scooter, but then fell a second time.*
The girl was taken to the Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center to be evaluated because of a possible head injury. She had additional injuries, including “abrasions on her hands, left knee, andright shoulder.” The UGA Parking Services was given the scooter.
Bird scooters are electric scooters that a California-based company has used for ride-sharing programs in various cities around the United States. The scooters are meant to provide transportation for times when a person’s destination is farther than they want to walk, but not far enough to warrant driving, or where driving would take too longbecause of heavy traffic. The scooters are capable of reaching a maximum speed of 15 miles per hour. Each evening, the scooters are collected and charged and then brought back to “nests” where they are ready to be used the following day.
Bird has made rules intended to make the scooters safe for riders. For instance, riders must be at least 18 years old, must wear helmets, must travel only with one person on a scooter at a time, and must have a driver’s license. However, in many cases,these rules are ignored, and people riding Bird scooters are often seen doubling up on them or riding without a helmet.
When the rules are not followed, these scooters can prove quite dangerous. There are many reports of people breaking bones on scooters and in some cases, of people being hit by scooter riders.
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