Electric Scooter Injuries on the Rise

The Bird and Lime electric scooters that thrill some but annoy many are seriously injuring people and putting them in the hospital. 

BuzzFeed news talked to one victim of the scooters and documented the severity of his injuries.  

Earl Wilkinson, 52, was riding the scooter on the street when he saw other riders on the sidewalk. Deciding to ride on the sidewalk as well, Wilkinson tried to scoot up the sidewalk ramp when he suddenly lost control and crashed, landing on his head. He broke his arm, knocked out his two front teeth, smashed his glasses and had to Uber to the emergency room.

“I cringe thinking of the impact of my nose, face, teeth, mouth, and chin on the concrete — then tasting what I thought were salt grains. In fact, they were teeth remnants,” Wilkinson told BuzzFeed.

Many cities all across America are working to ban the scooters with Beverly Hills and San Francisco already ahead of the game. Cleveland, Ohio is also working to ban the electric scooters after one woman was struck and killed by a car while riding a scooter. 

Emergency rooms are also reporting an increase in scooter-related injuries.

“We are seeing daily injuries from users of the motorized scooters,” Dr. Wally Ghurabi, medical director of the Nethercutt Emergency Center at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California, told BuzzFeed News, “as well as some injuries to pedestrians who were hit by riders or tripped over scooters left on sidewalks.” 

A Venice Urgent Care also told Buzzfeed they get "a lot" of people with scooter injuries coming into their facility. 

A personal injury attorney in Santa Monica has reported at leas 10 clients with scooter injuries that involve a broken leg, a broken tooth, torn rotator cuff, and a broken foot. Some of the injuries are attributed to malfunctions such as a wheel locking up or the handlebar stem collapsing. 

A mechanic who works on repairing Birds, allegedly fell while testing a scooter that turned out to have no brakes, resulting in a broken collarbone and staples to the scalp.

While there isn't official data on the number of exact scooter injuries, all the doctors, city officials, and riders that BuzzFeed News spoke with agree that they just aren't safe. 

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