Bird, Lyft, Jump, Lime Scooters Coming to Chicago – Brain Injury Risks Follow

By June 20, 2019News
On June 15, the City of Chicago will launch a pilot program allowing electric scooters to hit the streets of Chicago. Major scooter companies, including Bird, Lyft, Jump, Lime, and six other scooter operators, have been issued permits allowing them to operate their scooter share programs through the end of the pilot program in October.

The Chicago Tribune has reported that each of the 10 scooter companies will be permitted to put 250 scooters on the streets on the west side of Chicago, through the term of the pilot program. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report in May of this year, finding that 48% of people injured in scooter crashes suffered head injuries. The full investigation by the CDC can be read here. The CDC’s findings mirror those in a study published in JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association) which found that the most common electric scooter injuries are head injuries.

Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Be Prevented in Scooter Crashes By Wearing a Helmet

The CDC’s study on scooter makes clear that wearing a helmet on a scooter is a necessary precaution to protect people. However, according to an article on Mashable, citing to a UCLA study of electric scooter injuries, the vast majority of riders do not wear a helmet. Brain injuries resulting from head trauma can have lifelong consequences and so it is imperative that riders wear helmets while on electric scooters. Currently, none of the electric scooter companies provide helmets for their riders, nor do they require riders to wear a helmet while operating the scooters.

Curbed Chicago has a helpful article with questions and answers about how these electric scooter programs will operate during the Chicago pilot program.

If you or someone in your network suffers a serious injury while riding an electric scooter, it is important to seek legal counsel to protect your rights. Our firm is always willing to offer free consultations to individuals seeking representation. www.mccallisterlawgroup.com | 312-345-0611

 

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