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45% of e-scooter injuries are head trauma, CDC finds

A government study notes that many riders aren't wearing helmets, according to CNBC.

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The CDC is concerned about e-scooter safety.

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Electric scooters are becoming just as common in many cities as Lyft and Uber cars. While they may be a step in the right direction to improve transportation options, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a surge in emergency room visits due to e-scooter accidents, CNBC reported Wednesday.

The CDC's study, set for release Thursday, shows that many e-scooter injuries treated are fractures and dislocations. Head trauma, however, tops the list at 45% of injuries. The culprit, according to CNBC, is riders not wearing helmets and not being cautious around cars.

The CDC didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The organization began studying e-scooter accidents in December after accidents across the US climbed to nearly 1,000 per month. While the new CDC study cites a lack of helmet use, riders have reported failed throttles and brakes on e-scooters as well.

Originally published May 1 at 8:46 a.m. PT.
Update, at 8.57 a.m. PT: Added more details.

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