For more than two years, two Los Angeles emergency services have injured more people into standing electric scooters than cycling or walking, according to results from a groundbreaking new study.
Statistics on injury statistics From September 2017 to August 2018, the study published this week in the JAMA Network Network medical journal found that many of these injuries were more severe, if not severe.
Of the 249 patients receiving treatment for scooter-related injuries, nearly 28 percent suffered from bruising, sprains, and wounds. About 30 percent had fractures and just over 40 percent were treated for head injuries. Nearly all patients were discharged from emergency departments, but 1
During the same period, researchers in the two emergency departments identified 195 visits to cyclists and 181 pedestrian injuries.
"Drivers share roads with fast-moving vehicle traffic, but they seem to underestimate the dangers; We found that 94.3% of the observed drivers in our community did not wear a helmet, "said the study of the users of scooters. "While drivers of electric scooters in California need to be at least 16 years old and are at least 18 years old according to leases, we found that 10.8% of electro-mobility injuries in patients were younger than 18."
The study added "Although California law required a helmet during the entire study period during the operation of electric vehicles, only 4.4% of injured motorcyclists were documented as a helmet."
As electric vehicle makers like Bird and Lime started dumping tens of thousands of scooters in dozens of cities across the country last summer, injured drivers began to rush into emergency rooms, according to trauma doctors. Since then, these doctors – many of whom are shocked by the severity of their patients' injuries – are documenting the injuries to gain a better understanding of how e-scooters have affected cities.
Some health professionals have responded to the wave of injuries as a "public health crisis". Last month, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control announced that they were investigating the health risks of two-wheelers by analyzing injuries to drivers and pedestrians in Austin in two months.
E-scooters not only hurt drivers. This month, Wally Ghurabi, medical director of the Nethercutt Emergency Center at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica told the Washington Post that e-scooters pose significant risks to older pedestrians and the disabled.
"I've seen pedestrians injured by scooters with broken hips, multiple fractures, broken ribs and joint injuries, as well as soft tissue injuries such as cuts and deep abrasions," said Ghurabi, who estimates that he has several people a week of e-scooters
The JAMA study appears to be the first and most comprehensive study of injury patterns related to e-scooter injuries that still provides insight into how people use a new form of technology.
In recent months, many drivers have been reported to have been injured by faulty scooters, throwing drivers off the vehicles at high speed, and last year Lime, one of the world's largest scooter companies, had to initiate two recalls after The Post reported that some of their scooters came with battery-powered batteries and others There were two footboards that split in half when knighted.
In an email to The Post, Lime said the safety of drivers and the community is the company's # 1 priority. Lime said it has upgraded its scooters with better wheels and springs, as well as additional braking and improved balance.  "We believe that continued government investment in sheltered bike lanes and paths is critical," the statement added. "Lime supports AMA recommended study recommendations to further innovate helmet concepts and keep the industry focused on safety."
Paul Steely White, Birds director of security policy and advocacy, said the company hopes for a "collaboration" conversation "with the authors of the study focused on" proven preventive measures and education ".
"While the report highlights the parity of safety between bicycles and e-scooters, it does not take into account the sheer number of e-scooter rides – the number of reported injuries would be a fraction of 1 percent of the total number of e-scooters Rides, "said White. "In addition, the report does not link e-scooter injuries as they relate to the high numbers and severity of injuries and deaths from motorcycles and cars."
The study does not contradict and appeals to the appeal of electric scooters an "innovative" form of transport with the potential to alleviate congestion. Frederick P. Rivara, a professor of pediatrics and adjunct professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington, said in a commentary of the study that the researchers are not "troglodytes trying to stuff the ghost in the bottle." Two-wheeled rental vehicles He said , be "here to stay".
He added, "Companies renting motorized and non-motorized two-wheeled vehicles should provide suitable helmets, and if not, this is like a car rental company renting cars without seat belts."