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Scooters & Safety In Milwaukee

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Electric scooters are seemingly everywhere in Milwaukee and are becoming more popular in major cities across the United States.  The law defines an electric scooter as a device that weighs less than 100 pounds and does not exceed more than 20 miles per hour when powered by an electric motor.

You can pick them up spontaneously on the street and drop them off wherever you like. They’re battery-powered with no emissions and are a cost-effective means of transportation.   However, his new transportation fad comes with a potential health and financial risk, as more people are getting injured after going for a ride.

A study by Rutgers University, showed that the number of face and head injuries from riding electric scooters has tripled over the past decade resulting in approximately 32,000 emergency department visits nationwide.  As you would expect, the ever increasing access to scooters has led to a growing number of injuries year over year.

Scooters can create unsafe conditions on not only roads where they are presently banned, but on sidewalks where pedestrians are at major risk for collisions and serious facial and extremity injuries.  Most of those injured were between the ages of 19 and 65, with almost one-third of them being children between 6 and 12 years old.

The most frequent injuries from scooters were closed head injuries, concussions, and lacerations.  The most commonly broken bones were the skull and nose, each at 27 percent of all cases. This was followed by neck and facial fractures.  Although many of these injuries may have been prevented using helmets, an overwhelming majority of people completing the study stated they weren’t wearing one.

Some populations are especially vulnerable to injury, such as children and the elderly. With the appeal of the scooters looking like a toy, many children not only pose a risk to themselves but to other pedestrians walking on the sidewalk. Careening down the sidewalk at 20 miles per hour means other pedestrians may have to duck for cover.

The elderly, especially those who are on blood thinners, can pose severe traumatic injury risks to themselves if they take a spin on a scooter. If they crash, especially without a helmet, they may experience life-threatening internal bleeding in their head and body.

Currently, there’s no national legislation about wearing a helmet while on a scooter, and each state and region have different laws. In Washington D.C., these scooters are defined as “personal mobility devices,