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Electric Scooter Injuries Are on the Rise, Doctors Say

Injuries sustained from electric scooter accidents nearly doubled from 2018 to 2019, according to a new study. Since electric scooters became a popular mode of transportation in 2014, they have caused a number of accidents, some of them fatal. As scooter companies reckon with these unintended consequences, doctors have grown used to seeing scooter injuries in their emergency rooms.

According to an article from Medical Xpress, in 2019, there were 29,600 scooter injuries nationwide that required hospital treatment. Dr. Eric Wagner, a surgeon at Emory University, said many of the injuries he treats are serious head injuries. Though scooter companies such as Lime encourage helmet use for all of their riders, many choose not to wear them. This results in serious injuries when a rider falls from the scooter or is struck by another vehicle.

Among the injuries riders sustain from scooter accidents are:

  • Brain bleeds
  • Broken bones
  • Concussions
  • Skull fractures
  • Internal organ injuries

Doctors are especially concerned about the potential for riders to suffer a traumatic brain injury when they fall off a scooter at a high rate of speed. About 13% of all emergency room scooter cases that doctors see are traumatic brain injuries, which are caused by violent blows to the head. They can also occur when part of the fragmented skull pierces the brain after a serious fall.

Common symptoms of traumatic brain injuries are:

  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Ringing of the ears
  • Slight nausea

However, any of the following symptoms may indicate a more severe brain injury:

  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Disorientation
  • Loss of memory
  • Clear fluid starts leaking from your nose or ears
  • Loss of muscle control

The demographic that accounted for the greatest number of scooter injuries in the past five years was men aged 15 to 35, according to Medical Xpress. Doctors say scooter accidents can be avoided or minimized by avoiding alcohol and substances while driving the scooter and wearing a helmet. Additionally, experts warn against going too fast on the scooter, especially if you are riding it at an older age when your balance, coordination, and reaction time might be slower. Many accidents can be avoided if scooter riders abide by traffic laws, ride at a moderate speed, and wear protective gear.

Contact a New York Personal Injury Lawyer

If you were injured in a scooter accident, you might be entitled to compensation. The lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP have secured substantial recovery for clients injured through no fault of their own, and they want to do the same for you. Reach out to our legal team at (212) 779-0057 to discuss your legal options and how much your case might be worth.

Reporter Dies in Electric Moped Crash in Brooklyn

Reporter dies in Revel Scooter Crash

Photo credit: The New York Times

A 26-year-old New York City television reporter died Saturday after the moped she was riding, along with a 26-year-old man, crashed in Brooklyn, throwing them into the street.

The victim was Nina Kapur, a reporter for CBS2 in New York, according to the New York Times. She was the passenger on an electric Revel moped, a popular Vespa-like vehicle that can be rented for short periods of time.

The accident occurred around 5:30 p.m. on the evening of Saturday, July 18, at the intersection of Franklin and India Streets in Brooklyn. According to officials, the operator of the moped had swerved and lost control of the vehicle for an unknown reason and the two passengers fell into the street. Officials have not confirmed whether either passenger was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, though each Revel scooter provides two helmets for its riders.

Kapur was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital. The unidentified male 26-year-old driver suffered minor injuries.

Revel launched in Brooklyn in 2018, according to CNN. People who want to rent a moped pay a small fee and provide their driver’s license information before they can rent it. A spokesperson for Revel told the New York Times that Kapur’s death is the first fatality Revel has seen in over three million rides.

As people become more hesitant to use public transportation during the coronavirus pandemic, they are more often turning to rented transportation options such as Revel, Lime, and Bird. But this accident sheds light on safety issues that the company needs to address and rules (such as wearing the provided helmet) that need to be enforced. The Times reported that Revel sent an email to its New York City riders recently addressing the fact that they suspended over 1,000 riders in a month for bad behavior and rule-breaking.

Kapur’s death occurred on the same day that a 38-year-old man suffered a head injury after falling from his Revel scooter in Queens. The Times reported that he was in critical condition receiving treatment at Elmhurst Hospital.

It is not yet clear whether Kapur’s family will take legal action against Revel.

Contact a New York Injury Attorney

During these uncertain times, we at Hach & Rose, LLP want you to know that we are here for you. We empathize with our clients’ concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and how it may interfere with their case timelines. But the pandemic has not interfered with the hard work we do for our clients each day, and we want to ensure you that it will not delay the justice you demand and deserve. If you or someone you love has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, reach out to the New York trial attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP. Call us at (212) 779-0057 or reach out online to speak with a team member today.

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