Photo: Lewis Joly (AP) painful or even deadly for a few unlucky ones. A new study from Thursday seems to highlight some of the (perhaps obvious) common factors responsible for accidents involving electric vehicles: being intoxicated or otherwise intoxicated and not wearing a damned helmet.
Researchers in California – the country where the trend of business is on Electric scooters as part of a rideshare program, launched for the first time in 2017, examined the medical records of people who had one of the three trauma centers in the San area Diego had attended with injuries related to an electric scooter.
Between 1 September 2017 and 31 October 2018, they found that at least 103 patients in these centers had been injured by e-scooters. Most of these injuries involved fractures of the limbs or face, but nearly 20 percent had internal hemorrhages in the skull, while slightly fewer concussions occurred without bleeding. Fortunately, most injuries were easy to treat and nearly 90 percent were sent home the same day.
When the authors looked deeper into the people who were injured, they also found some clear patterns. Most (65 percent) were men; Almost all (98 percent) had not worn a helmet. and they had often taken drugs shortly before their injury. Of the 80 percent of alcohol-tested patients, nearly half had a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit (0.08 percent). Only 32 patients tested their urine for drugs, and more than half of them tested positive for a mind-altering substance – mainly THC, but also stimulants such as methamphetamine and cocaine.
The results of the team were opened on Thursday in the Journal Trauma published Surgery and Acute Care.
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While the study is one of the first Having a detailed overview of who has the greatest risk of injury from using e-scooters, there are some limitations. First, the authors looked at only a small group of people who were thought to have been injured enough to be treated in a trauma center. But there are many people who have been knocked down by an e-scooter and given medical treatment only in an emergency room or emergency room. It is more or less likely that these people wear a helmet or drink a fool, but to what extent can we not say for sure.
There's not much data on whether they wear a helmet or avoiding drugs while riding an e-scooter could prevent injury, but it's not necessarily to assume that this is the case.
"[G] Previous protective effects of helmets with other types of powered and non-powered vehicles, use of helmets This should also have a positive effect on this population," write the authors.
However, wearing helmets for e-scooter users is easier than planned. Some equestrian companies offer free or discounted helmets at the user's request, according to the authors. However, states in which these services are legal have often refrained from making them mandatory. California has even passed a new law this year to amend a provision requiring the use of adult helmets on their e-scooters on cycle paths and roads (minors must continue to do so). At least in part, the law was passed because passengers complained that wearing helmets had discouraged new customers.
And while some cities and countries have fought with these services and even banned them – in the case of Nashville this year after a moped death – others are accepting them, and the industry as a whole seems to be on a good path to expand and thrive in the years to come. The more popular these devices become, the more people could be injured, warn the authors. The more we have to find ways to ensure the safety of the people.
"Early study of the safety and injury patterns of electric scooters is essential to inform the public and legislators about injury prevention strategies for this evolving mode of transport." Authors wrote.