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Scooter Injuries Are On The Rise As The Weather Warms

Lime Scooter on Indianapolis Sidewalk

Electric Lime Scooter Parked on a Sidewalk (Zach/WFIU)

Indiana University Health Center officials say there was a spike in student injuries caused by electric scooters last month. Eight students visited the center with injuries in April, compared to just four from January through March.

Medical Director Beth Rupp says scooters are the most dangerous form of transit based on the number of reported accidents on campus.

"And especially in October when we had 38 people come in," says Rupp.  We may have had three bike accidents but we had 38 scooter injuries.”

Rupp says broken arms and concussions are the most common injures.

IU student government partnered with the scooter companies to hand out free helmets as part of Scooter Safety Week in March.  But Rupp still believes not enough riders are wearing helmets.

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