The conference room in a hospital appears is an unlikely location to assess a sudden evolution in transportation, but a team of San Francisco medical professionals there see the work as essential to ensure the safety of residents in cities adopting high-tech electric scooters.
The concern began shortly after major cities saw the arrival of hundreds, if not thousands of scooters, in 2018. Medical professionals noted that types of injuries that they had not seen on a regular basis now occurred with increased frequency as people used the pay-as-you go vehicles. With a smartphone app and as little as a $1, pedestrians became urban adventurers whizzing past people as well as dangerous stationary objects and cars at 15 MPH.
Electric scooter injuries range from extensive bruising and road rash to severe head trauma. Medical professionals explain that head trauma is often overlooked as a potential injury due to the scooters only reaching speeds of 15 MPH. The problem considering only the low-speed when judging injury severity is that flipping headfirst into the pavement, from a scooter, is similar in force to being hit in the head with a baseball bat at full force. Head trauma is a likely outcome because very few electric scooter riders wear helmets in short jaunts from point A to point B.
This documented increase in preventable injuries resulted in at least one city issuing a cease-and-desist order to temporarily remove the scooters from its streets. Companies profiting from the electric industry each signaled that they were paying attention to injuries and hoped to encourage rider safety. The biggest player took an additional step and broadcast a plan to form a safety advisory council to focus on increased safety for electric scooter riders in an automobile-centric world. It is important to note that accidents involving automobile appear are the biggest concern for the industry and medical professionals.
While electric scooters definitely sparked the concern of medical professionals, they are also expecting to discuss injuries caused by: mo-peds, electric bikes and even electric unicycles. The consensus is that people forget that when technology changes transportation, it also becomes something where human life is at stake.
Electric scooters will invade Tampa Bay in 2019 and injuries will occur. With the help of an experienced personal injury attorney from Diaco Law, you or a loved one can receive the help you need to recover from the injuries suffered in an electric scooter accident. Do not wait, call us today at 888-SOS-FIRM.