Electric scooters are now disrupting wrists, elbows and heads

Now electric scooters — first seen as a fun way to solve the last-mile puzzle — are leading to deadly situations.

“This is disruptive technology,” said Dr. Christopher Ziebell, emergency room medical director at Austin’s Dell Seton Medical Center. “But this time the disruption is disrupting forearms, elbows and heads.”

Scooter accidents happen for a lot of reasons. Sometimes the rider doesn’t have control and runs into a curb or wall. Sometimes a car crashes into the rider. And sometimes, the scooter is the problem. Doctors and lawyers report instances when riders say a scooter’s throttle got stuck or the brakes failed — like what happened to Brogan.

As she sped down that hill in San Diego, her husband yelled to Brogan to crash into him in order to break her fall. But she didn’t want to send him flying. So moments before careening into the busy intersection, she held her arms up against her chest and slid the scooter out sideways.

“I went about 10 feet skidding on the pavement,” Brogan said. “If I didn’t crash when I did, I would’ve been killed. I’m sure of that.”

Two surgeries later, Brogan ended up with a broken metacarpal held together with two metal pins in her right hand, along with a cracked knuckle joint, road rash and a hematoma down her entire right leg. Her left hand was so badly swollen, doctors had to cut off her rings.

Some might consider her lucky.

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