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Problems with electric scooters continue

Previous posts on this blog have talked about how electric scooters are coming to Tampa under a city-approved pilot program. The latest development put this process, which was expected to start in the upcoming weeks, behind schedule somewhat. Still, city officials expect to see the vehicles on the sidewalks and trails of Tampa this spring. The delay is the result of some legal language in part of the city's proposed contract that requires some tweaking. These adjustments mean that the bidding process has to start over from scratch.

Meanwhile, in the rest of the country, safety issues with these vehicles continue. One study in a major medical journal suggested that many of those who do get hurt, about 40 percent, suffer some sort of head injury. These head injuries include traumatic brain injuries, which can prove to be quite serious, in some cases even requiring a trip to intensive care.

What's interesting about this statistic is that the vast majority of riders who got hurt and were subjects of the study were not wearing a helmet at the time of their accident. This is not particularly surprising since these scooters are designed to be picked up and ridden on the spur of the moment.

Only 4.4 percent of those injured enough to go to the hospital were wearing a helmet; to put this number in perspective, 4.8 percent of riders had a blood alcohol content level above 0.05 at the time of their accident.

Of course, since these devices are relatively new, the law has some catching up to do. However, those who are injured because of a scooter, even if they were the one riding it, may be able to file a products liability claim or other personal injury action to receive compensation.

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