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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 06 2019, @12:42AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 06 2019, @12:42AM (#839451)

    > This makes sure any small accident causes the car to be scrapped and a new one has to be bought. This is premeditated fraud.

    Given the number of sensors and other electronics/wires hanging out around the front bumper area, I was glad when a low speed accident (just fast enough to fire the airbag) resulted in our ~4 year old Passat being totaled. It was close, the insurance company almost chose to repair it, but I doubt that the car would have ever worked right after that.

    Yes, we had collision/comprehensive insurance (in addition to the mandated NY State liability), so we only paid the deductable. The rest of the car was fine, so it was probably parted out after the insurance company auctioned it off.