Dockless, electric scooters are gaining popularity in cities throughout America, and Baltimore is no exception. Whether grocery shopping in Harbor East or buying a coffee in Mount Vernon, Charm City residents can access scooters from nearly every block. According to Bird, a scooter-sharing startup, the scooters are a great solution for ‘last mile’ trips that are too long to walk. Electric scooters seem harmless, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are currently conducting a study due to the high number of accidents and injuries reported in Austin, Texas.
Are Electric Scooters Safe?
From September 5 to November 4 of 2018, 258 Austin residents reported to the emergency room due to an electric scooter related injury. January marked the city’s first scooter-related death when a 21-year-old college student died after his scooter collided with a vehicle. The CDC is conducting research to determine if the scooter injuries are unique to Austin or consistent with reports in other urban areas. During the investigation, the CDC will calculate the number of injuries per amount of scooters per mile traveled. The study will also examine other factors such as road conditions, use of helmets, weather, and alcohol intake.
Injuries and Accidents
Austin, Texas isn’t the only city reporting accidents and injuries related to electric scooters. According to Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center, there are about five minor injuries recorded each week from scooter accidents. In Atlanta, injuries from electric scooter accidents have increased to 100 each month. Last October, the Baltimore Sun released an article detailing the dangers of Bird and Lime scooters. “They look really great,” said Dr. Brian J. Browne, who works in the emergency room at the University of Maryland Medical Center, “But people need to be cautious.”
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