Indiana University Student Injured with Severe Head Trauma While Riding Electric Scooter
Police say a 20-year-old Indiana University student remained hospitalized after a recent accident driving an electric scooter. Several witnesses report seeing the scooter traveling south on Fee Lane when the driver suddenly lost control and crashed near the intersection of Law Lane. An emergency situation quickly escalated after the scooter driver struck his head on the road causing severe head trauma, with suspicion of a concussion or other traumatic brain injury (TBI) likely. TBI is a major cause of death and disability for 1.7 million people living in the United States. Police say the scooter driver was not wearing a helmet. Although electric-scootering can be an enjoyable pastime when safe driving practices are followed, it is also inherently dangerous, especially for operators who are not wearing the appropriate gear, such as a helmet.
Electric scooters consist of a footboard mounted on two wheels and a long steering handle, propelled by a battery-operated motor on the footboard but feet can also be used to create movement. The vehicles are typically ridden for recreation but becoming more available as a realistic transportation option on campuses as well as where bike and scooter sharing programs are available.
Crash and Injury Factors for Electric Scooter Drivers
There are many factors left to identify between scooter driver related injuries and their risk factors but what we do know is that electric scooters are becoming a popular means of transportation, especially in downtown Indy. Scooter-related injuries and related crashes are also trending, especially those involving youth versus adults. Many risk factors and causes of scooter crashes, several of which are avoidable, include:
- Improper (tricks) or rash driving
- Distracted or impaired driving
- Poor judgment of the operator and disregard for traffic safely laws
- Overcrowding the scooter, or packing the transportation device beyond the recommended weight
For anyone using an electric scooter we would encourage them to learn and follow riding rules to keep themselves safe, as well as everyone around them. These are easy things like wearing protective gear and bright colors, staying alert and avoiding electronic device distractions. In addition, here is a set of electric scooter safety guidelines sparked by Indianapolis officials.
- Always wear a helmet.
- Travel with one user per device.
- Follow all traffic laws and don’t ignore road closures just because a scooter may be able to maneuver through small spaces.
- Never use while controlling an animal or while carrying large packages.
- Don’t block entrances or exits of businesses or parking garages.
- Avoid using a phone because distracted riding and driving puts everyone at risk.
- Never ride on sidewalks or trails.
- Park upright, near bike racks or docking stations.
- When parking, leave at least 4 feet of unobstructed passageway.
- Assume others may not see you so look ahead for hazards or situations to avoid that may cause you to fall or crash like wild animals, trash, rocks, potholes, and grates or train tracks.
There is a weakened awareness of motor vehicle drivers to watch out for electric scooters as well. If you are a car or truck driver be sure to share intersections, crossways and roads with these riders just as you would a pedestrian or bicyclists. Drivers should expect to share the space and travel alongside these devices more often in the future.
Electric Scooter Accident Injury Help
If you have suffered injuries as a result of a motorized scooter or shared mobility device accident, the attorneys at Wagner Reese can assist you in pursuing the compensation you deserve to cover a loss of wages and medical bills while injured. There is no risk, as we never collect any kind of fee unless your case is settled or won.
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