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Electric scooters are injuring thousands of people each year

By Shawn Knight · 14 replies
Feb 8, 2019
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  1. To better gauge the issue, Consumer Reports recently contacted 110 hospitals and five non-medical agencies across 47 cities where at least one of the two major scooter companies – Lime and Bird – operate.

    Of those, 60 responded to their inquiry, and collectively, 23 facilities reported treating 1,545 patients for scooter-related injuries over the past year. The other 37 facilities said they either don’t track scooter injuries, don’t have the capability to do so or had no reports of injuries on file.

    Beth Rupp, medical director at the Indiana University Health Center in Bloomington, said they’ve had multiple concussions, nasal fractures and bilateral forearm fractures, adding that some people have even required surgery.

    Even more alarming is the fact that outside of Consumer Reports’ tally, there have been four confirmed fatalities related to scooter usage. The most recent occurred this past weekend in Austin, Texas, when a 21-year-old died in a collision with a vehicle.

    Lead image courtesy Popovphoto via Shutterstock

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  2. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Guru Posts: 520   +252

    Uh, I dont think the scooters have anything to do with user error.

    Guns dont kill people, we do
  3. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Evangelist Posts: 593   +306

    Exactly this! People need to take responsibility for their actions.
    lazer, wiyosaya and Sausagemeat like this.
  4. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 2,182   +1,359

    They got nothing on a GoPed.
    We got one of those, goes about 25mph (some go near 30MPH) and has a small weed eater type gasoline engine, and real rubber tires.
    I took it to school once....5 miles away.
    Didn't take that long actually.
  5. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,835   +2,186

    Many people do not and are quite happy to blame their foolishness on someone else.
    lazer likes this.
  6. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 655   +469

    I tend to agree with the exception of the second sentence... This is nothing more than Darwinism. Even a GPS can kill someone if it says to turn when you can't, and you do...

    "Guns dont kill people, people do" is just a terrible argument. A scooter or a GPS is not designed to kill. Guns are designed to be a "pull the trigger and kill something" tool. They absolutely kill people, purposeful or accidental, they do.

    Would gun owners/supporters agree with something slightly different?
    "Rocket launchers don't kill people, people do. Where's my right to a rocket launcher for personal safety?"
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2019
  7. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,903   +3,350

    Are you suggesting that most gun deaths are a result of "user error"? That's a pretty ridiculous claim.
    wiyosaya, OutlawCecil and Digitalzone like this.
  8. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Guru Posts: 520   +252

    No, maybe that was a poor comparison. Just trying to say, a scooter itself cant kill you, but your misuse of it can kill you or others.
  9. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Guru Posts: 520   +252

    Your right, poor comparison. Just ment to say how you handle any tool can negatively affect a proposed outcome.
  10. Axle Grease

    Axle Grease TS Addict Posts: 135   +56

    My mobile phone caused be to rear end another vehicle. My gun shot a hole through my foot. Fatty food turned me into a bed ridden blob, and alcohol did my liver in. I deserve compensation. The world is so unfair.

    Vote Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 2020
    Panda218 likes this.
  11. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,835   +2,186

    There sure seems to be large numbers of people afraid of this woman.
    Panda218 likes this.
  12. Axle Grease

    Axle Grease TS Addict Posts: 135   +56

    I am disappointed that someone took it as anything other than ridicule. My bad.
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,779   +3,906

    Which is why OTA TV is saturated with ads for personal injury lawyers. Take this a**hole as an example;

    wiyosaya likes this.
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,779   +3,906

    So, the harelip walks into a bar and orders a drink, "hne bnartender gnive mne a dnrink". The bartender says, "OKnay, onne drnink coming unp". The harelip shoots the bartender a nasty look.

    Another guy walks into the bar and says, "hey Joe, gimme a beer". To which the bartender replies, " one draft coming your way".

    The harelip calls the bartender over and says, "hnay bnartender anre ynou mnaking fnun of mne".

    The bartender replies, "I wnasn't mnaking fnun onf ynou, I wnas mnaking fnun of hnim".

    I hope we can all learn from this little allegory :rolleyes:
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2019
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  15. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,500   +515

    It might be wise to compare injury rates with cars and bikes over the same usage rate.... Or even walking?

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