While the growing use of private and pay-per-use e-scooters in New York City is offering residents and visitors a cheaper, greener, and more convenient mode of transportation to get around the city, hospital employees in the Bronx are seeing an uptick in e-scooter related injuries.
In an article to the New York Post, Angelo Mascia, DO and Daniel G. Murphy, MD, who both work in the Department of Emergency Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital, discuss the problems with e-scooters and how their ER has noticed a concerning and dangerous transportation trend with the introduction of rideshare scooters and mopeds.
The rapid expansion of Revel scooters has resulted in a number of emergency room visits. The two-person electric scooters have a maximum speed of 43 mph, but that is limited to 30 mph in New York City. In addition to the set speed limit, Revel requires helmets and does not allow the vehicles to be used on sidewalks, in bike lanes, or on highways or major bridges.
Patient interviews, however, indicated loose compliance with the mandatory helmet and other common-sense traffic laws. As a result, riders and pedestrians have sustained serious injuries.
The St. Barnabas Hospital emergency room received seven victims of separate e-scooter accidents during one recent overnight shift. While some patients were only treated for injuries like bumps, scrapes, and dislocated shoulders, the hospital has also seen broken bones and serious head injuries.
According to the doctors, prevention of e-scooter injuries and deaths requires ongoing innovations and civil-engineering solutions. At this time, Mascia and Murphy are uncertain is the electric scooters are a “worthy or wise innovation” for the residents of the Bronx—especially if injury rates continue to increase.
E-scooter companies and riders need to take steps to ensure safety as much as possible. While not all accidents can be prevented, taking proper precautions can reduce the number of people that end up in the emergency department.
In the event you’ve been injured in an e-scooter accident, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim if another party caused the crash. At the Rideshare Law Group, we have experience representing rideshare accident victims. When you schedule a free consultation with our firm, we’ll review your situation, explain your legal rights and options, and help you determine how best to proceed to protect your future. Contact us today for more information.