Not wearing a helmet on an e-scooter is dumb

Hey, they’re your eggs. If you like ’em scrambled, that’s your business.

But none of the 156 people taken to the emergency room for scooter accidents in Dallas between June 2018 and January 2019 was wearing a helmet.

New data from Baylor Scott and White found that rentable electronic scooters caused dozens of injuries and one death since they were released in Dallas last year.

The healthcare company developed a system to track scooter injuries last year.

They found that out of 156 people brought to the hospital for scooter injuries, 30 were admitted to the hospital. Ten were sent to the ICU, and one died.

About 35 percent had brain injuries, 43 percent had injuries to their faces, and 58 percent had injuries to their extremities.

Other risk factors are riding at night and riding after drinking.

The study found that about a third of those injured on scooters, which can go up to 15 miles per hour, had used alcohol. More than half of injuries occurred between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Besides that, scooter injuries resulted in about $1.4 million in medical costs. Of that, an estimated $491,000 are uninsured trauma costs that may never be recouped.

A class-action lawsuit in California against Lime, Bird and smaller companies claims “gross negligence” and “aiding and abetting assault” after pedestrians were struck by scooter riders. The suit also claims that the scooters contain defective electronic parts and provide inadequate safety instructions, resulting in “a wanton disregard for the safety of others.”

In the past, scooter companies have responded to studies like these saying they fail to take into account the vast number of scooter trips each day.

By |2019-04-23T12:25:55-05:00April 23rd, 2019|News|Comments Off on Not wearing a helmet on an e-scooter is dumb

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Rachel Stone is the Oak Cliff editor. Email rstone@advocatemag.com or follow twitter.com/advocate_oc.