Hospitals in Atlanta Accumulate Data about E-Scooter Injuries
Atlanta, GA – According to ajc.com, the Atlanta City Council is looking to promulgate new regulations in the hopes that it will reduce the number of scooter related accidents in the Atlanta area. The Georgia Legislature is also looking to pass statewide legislation to regulate scooter use.
The Atlanta City Council is looking to enact new regulations to address safety issues with scooters, which have been known to cause serious injuries in the Atlanta area. As such, the Council is asking area hospital and healthcare facilities to monitor scooter related injuries and to have them provide information to the Council, which will help them in enacting new regulations. One local hospital has informed the Council that it treats between eighty and one hundred scooter related injuries on a monthly basis, which range from traumatic head injuries and fractured limbs.
In the United States, there is an estimate that about fifteen hundred accidents are associated with scooters, according to a Consumer Reports magazine published back in February. Consumer Reports provided that there were four scooter deaths nationally, after compiling information from one hundred ten hospitals in forty seven cities known to have the largest scooter companies.
According to Aaron Nichols, a coach who visited Atlanta from Washington, D.C., “[scooter drivers] seem like they go pretty fast, so I would imagine it would be helpful to require helmets.”
These schools, also known as dockless electric scooters (also known as e-scooters), have two wheels, and of which can be rented through a cellphone app that charges by the mile.
Due to several scooter related injuries, Georgia cities such as Athens and Marietta have banned scooter rental companies. In Atlanta alone, there has been an increase in scooter use (scooter use in Atlanta is not subject to safety regulations).
In response, there are two bills that the Georgia Legislature, which could result in the regulation of electric bicycles and scooters.
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