Study Shows Scooter Injuries Generated $1.4 Million In Hospital Costs In 2018

Austin York
April 23, 2019 - 6:20 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A new report from Baylor Scott & White concerning e-scooters in Dallas shows injuries from the scooters have generated $1.4 million in hospital costs since they were introduced in June of last year. 

Karen Mynar, the Trauma Injury Prevention Coordinator at Baylor Scott & White, says most injured aren't wearing a helmet, are riding the scooters at night, and often have been drinking alcohol.

"They are hitting their head and face and breaking bones. We aren't just seeing cuts and bruises, we are seeing liver lacerations and hip fractures. Its serious," she says. 

The following are the key numbers in the report:

156 total patients 

30 admissions 

10 patients sent to ICU 

1 death

Mynar says they also found:

57 percent of injuries occurred between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

33 percent of riders used alcohol

58 percent of riders had injuries to their extremities 

43 percent of riders had facial injuries 

35 percent of riders had brain injuries

Five scooter companies operate in Dallas: Lime, Bird, Ojo, Jump, and Lyft.