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Tourist Suffers Severe Injuries in Scooter Crash in Key West, Florida


January 27, 2020

KEY WEST, FL- Miamiherald.com writes that a scooter rider is in critical condition following a crash in Key West. The victim, identified as a 50-year-old woman from Wisconsin, was on N. Roosevelt Boulevard in the early afternoon when she was involved in a collision with a Honda SUV.*

Police shut down two lanes while working on the investigation. Responders transported the severely injured victim to the Ryder Trauma Center via airlift. 

E-scooters have become controversial in cities around the country. Many promote these devices as inexpensive modes of transportation capable of reducing traffic congestion. However, accidents involving the scooters make others concerned that adding scooters to the transportation scene will only lead to tragic accidents and chaotic roadways. 

One issue presented by scooters is that riders rent them on a whim or impulse and rarely use a helmet. Like bikes and other vehicles, scooters can go rather fast, and the result of a fall can be a traumatic head injury. Scooter companies promote helmet use, but the reality is that helmets are often not required and rarely used. 

Another complicating factor is that scooters are typically not permitted on sidewalks lest they risk injuring pedestrians. However, on the road, scooter riders are vulnerable because they are traveling around larger vehicles and drivers who are not accustomed to looking out for scooters. In some instances, people on scooters may not even be drivers and could be unfamiliar with common traffic laws. The result can be devastating injuries, and in some instances, around the country, death. 

While the scooters themselves may not be any bigger problem than bikes, incorporating them into a traffic scheme, and ensuring riders have the knowledge and skill to use them safely, is becoming a complicated matter. 

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Sources:https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article239499243.html and https://www.topspeed.com/lifestyle/news/how-dangerous-are-electric-scooters-ar186021.html


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