E-scooters began popping up en masse in San Francisco back in 2018, causing issues with scooters being left in doorways and on sidewalks, causing tripping hazards. They then began to pop up in other cities nationwide, becoming popular among millennials and on college campuses everywhere. The concept is simple: scan a scooter with your phone, pay an up-front rental fee, ride it to where you need, and scan it again. You’re then charged for the number of minutes that you used the scooter. All the scooter companies advise that riders wear a helmet, but none provide the helmet to the riders. As a result, according to many new studies, head injuries from e-scooters are on the rise, as the Sun-Sentinel reports.
Dr. Jason Mansour works at an emergency room in Ft. Lauderdale. On busy Saturday nights, he often treats patients who have fractured their skulls or have head lacerations due to falling off an electronic scooter. Mansour works at Broward Health Medical Center as an emergency department physician. He says that in the past year, more than 100 people have arrived by ambulance suffering from scooter injuries. A third of those have head injuries.
Over the past decade, due to an increase in ridership, head and facial injuries from e-scooters have tripled. Many of these injuries could have been prevented by wearing a helmet, but many places do not have laws requiring them. In Florida, for example, scooter drivers must be 16 years or older with a valid driver’s license. They do not have to wear helmets so long as the scooters do not travel faster than 30 m.p.h.