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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, @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.