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posted by Fnord666 on Sunday May 05 2019, @03:05PM   Printer-friendly
from the try-wearing-a-helmet dept.

The popularity of e-scooters from billion-dollar companies like Uber, Lyft, Lime and Bird have created a new health scare, according to the Centers for Disease control.

Since electric scooters began populating streets of some of the country's biggest cities last year, there has been a surge in emergency room visits for fractures, dislocations and head trauma, the CDC found in a study that will be released at the Epidemic Intelligence Service conference in Atlanta on Thursday.

The CDC has found that head injuries topped the list of accident-related incidents involving e-scooters at 45%. The study determined that many e-scooter injuries could have been prevented if riders wore helmets and were more careful around cars, according to summary of the study released on Wednesday.


According to the CDC study, the most common wound after head injuries involved upper extremity fractures at 27%, followed by lower extremity fractures at 12%. The study, which lasted nearly three months, found the e-scooter injury rate was 14.3 per 100,000 trips.

The median age for people injured was 29. The majority of injuries occurred on the street, with 29% connected to first-time riders and 18% involving motor vehicles.

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  • (Score: 2) by Rosco P. Coltrane on Sunday May 05 2019, @03:39PM (6 children)

    by Rosco P. Coltrane (4757) on Sunday May 05 2019, @03:39PM (#839245)

    Darwin clearly at work here.

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by hemocyanin on Sunday May 05 2019, @05:50PM (5 children)

    by hemocyanin (186) on Sunday May 05 2019, @05:50PM (#839296) Journal

    Not when the person injured was NOT on the scooter. Not all scooter injuries are "one car accidents" so to speak.

    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 05 2019, @06:47PM (3 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 05 2019, @06:47PM (#839315)

      That is not how Darwinism works. The fittest survive. If the ones on scooters are taking out people on that are not then they are more fit. Also the ones not on the scooters that are able to better survive a hit will procreate.

      That is how it works.

      Darwinism on the internet is people who do stupid things die. That only part of Darwinism. You also need the ability to survive those who do stupid things.

      • (Score: 2) by hemocyanin on Monday May 06 2019, @01:08AM (1 child)

        by hemocyanin (186) on Monday May 06 2019, @01:08AM (#839460) Journal

        No -- at this level we're down to just blind luck -- you might live where scooters are absent or be in the 999,985 people who don't get involved in an accident with a scooter for whatever reason. For natural selection to work -- for example, selecting for people how have excellent back directed hearing capability, a significant percentage of the population would need to be run down by people sneaking up from behind on scooters. Without that significant environmental pressure, you won't see the evolution of the necessary sensory adaptation to avoid such accidents.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 06 2019, @02:11AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 06 2019, @02:11AM (#839471)

          Again you are getting it *wrong*. Close. But wrong.

          Darwinism selects for suitability. If I can get creamed by a scooter and live I am suitable (it is a weird one but none the less). If I have the ability to not get hit in the first place I am also suitable (perhaps dodging is a desirable trait). The 'pressure' is the scooters and abuse of them. They weed out the weaker. Both riders and non riders.

          Blind luck is absolutely involved in Darwinism.

          You do not have to have total catastrophe to have Darwinism. Just a small pressure or custom changes on different things. Think about this. We are selecting for big boobed women. Why? We find it attractive. Hell women disguise themselves with boob jobs to attract mates. Now that is not true all the time but we still select for it. Being 'gay' will be taken out of gene pool fairly quickly at this point (within 2-3 generations). As it is now 'accepted' and 'open'. Those who choose that lifestyle will be less likely to breed. They will be deemed unsuitable. Darwinism does not necessarily work like moth example they teach in the text books. It takes time.

          Darwinism is brutal and does not takes sides and is a patient master it rewards the most fit who breed the most fit offspring. The weaker are removed and the strong have a better chance in the long term. I could prove it out with simple geometric math if you like but I will leave it as an exercise to the reader.

      • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Monday May 06 2019, @05:19PM

        by DeathMonkey (1380) on Monday May 06 2019, @05:19PM (#839708) Journal

        I don't see any fatalities in the article....

    • (Score: 2) by darkfeline on Monday May 06 2019, @12:07AM

      by darkfeline (1030) on Monday May 06 2019, @12:07AM (#839433) Homepage

      Natural selection is a tautology so it is true by definition. Whatever is most fit to survive is most fit to survive. If you survive, then you were fit, and vice versa. The survivors are most fit, and the most fit survive.

      In this case, the people who know to or are able to dodge idiots on e-scooters are more fit than people who don't know to or are not able to dodge idiots on e-scooters.

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