Woman injured while riding e-scooter in Austin


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A woman who was riding an e-scooter Sunday evening was rushed to the hospital after she crashed it, Austin-Travis County EMS said.

The crash happened around 7:30 p.m. along South Congress Avenue near East Riverside Drive. At the time, the agency said the woman was riding a moped, but on Monday afternoon, the agency clarified that she was on a stand-up e-scooter. 

The woman in her 50s struck a curb and was knocked unconscious, authorities say. She was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center with critical injuries. 

No other details regarding the crash have been released.

The city of Austin does not have an ordinance requiring users of e-bicycles or e-scooters to wear helmets, but individual companies have those requirements. 

KXAN came across Clayton Griffith on the new dockless scooter, but unlike many on the strets, he was wearing a helmet. “I’ve seen a couple crash actually. I’ve seen people fall. Especially going too fast, especially on sidewalks. Then braking hard, skidding out. They don’t stop very well,” Griffith said.

“I think safety outweighs looking cool. Definitely don’t look cool,” Griffith said. “But you should wear them. It’s very dangerous otherwise.” 

A spokesperson for Lime scooters says rider safety is their number one priority.  In order to unlock a Lime scooter for the first time, all riders must go through an in-app tutorial that includes helmet safety.

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