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The life (and death) cycle of a scooter

The life (and death) cycle of a scooter - Staying Safe and Alive aboard

(CHICAGO, IL)…Most of the nation is still deep in winter, but even so, it’s hard to ignore the lure of spring bringing warmer temperatures, a new growing season and scooters back on the road.

“The Scooter Pilot Program received a great deal of interest and excitement in Chicago last summer,” says Jeffrey Kroll, Partner with Kaveny + Kroll Trial Attorneys (www.kavenykroll.com) and an advocate for transportation safety. “Based on this, the city is planning to roll out another pilot program in specific neighborhoods, to better assess the pros and cons.”

Jeffrey Kroll has a unique perspective on issues involving shared and alternative transportation, which while offering many advantages over ‘planes, trains and automobiles,’ none the less are among the most vulnerable on the roads. In 2019, Kroll represented and achieved justice in the first shared bicycle case on behalf of the family of a young woman, who was killed when riding her Divvy bike across a Chicago intersection.

From this vantage point, Kroll, like many others, emphasizes injury and death as the two greatest issues that need to be addressed. Supporting Kroll’s viewpoint are the facts and figures, not just locally but nationally and worldwide. Over 29 scooter related deaths have occurred since 2018. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) observed a “dramatic increase” in injuries and hospitalizations associated with e-scooter use in the US from 2017 to 2018. A joint study from Austin Public Health and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last May estimated 20 rider injuries per 100,000 trips.

“No training program, no helmet requirements, lots of red flags,” says Kroll. For novices trying to maneuver through traffic, this is a recipe for disaster.  We have already recorded a number of injuries (many being to the head) and accidents.  If our safety measures don’t improve, inevitably, we will see even more broken bones…and broken dreams.”

While the Scooter came to be with hopes that it could offer Chicagoans a greener and economically efficient means of transportation, there still remains much room for improvement.  Cities throughout the country, and the world, have banned scooters and/or issued strong warnings and requirements for your ‘ticket to ride’, in order to better enforce safety regulations.

Jeff Kroll is motivated by something far more personal. “In my years as a Personal Injury attorney, I have seen the worst of injuries and death on our roadways. As a father of two children, this information keeps me awake at night. If I can help mitigate this for my family and others, I plan on doing so.”

 

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Kaveny + Kroll Trial Lawyers (www.kavenykroll.com) is a leading boutique medical malpractice and personal injury law firm in Chicago. They were established in 2019 by award-winning attorneys Elizabeth A. Kaveny and Jeffrey J. Kroll.  The firm is driven by a commitment to justice and the need to fight for victim’s rights and financial recovery. At Kaveny + Kroll, we believe a valued law firm should take your case personally … because it is.

Chicago is a Top City for Bike Share and Scooters, Study Says

Chicago is a top city for bike share and scooters, study says

By Ryan Smith

Curbed Chicago

Chicago trails only Honolulu, New Orleans, and Nashville among U.S. cities that could benefit the most from micromobility transit options.

Shared bikes, e-bikes, and electric scooters have the potential to reduce Chicago car trips by more than half, according to a new report from INRIX—a Washington state-based transportation data and analytics company.

Emily Hartridge, Popular YouTube Personality, Dies at 35

Emily Hartridge, popular YouTube personality, dies at 35

By Amir Vera

CNN

YouTube personality Emily Hartridge died Friday, according to an announcement made on her official Instagram account.

“This is a horrible thing to have to say over Instagram but we know many of you were expecting to see Emily today and this is the only way to contact you all at once,” the post read. “Emily was involved in an accident yesterday and passed away. We all loved her to bits and she will never be forgotten. She has touched so many lives it’s hard to imagine things without her. She was a very special person.”

Is Electric Scooter Safety Next on the Regulatory Menu?

Is Electric Scooter Safety Next on the Regulatory Menu?

By Mike Gentine

The National Law Review

A few years ago, hoverboards drew a lot of attention from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Formally known as self-balancing electric scooters, hoverboards became an instant success because they combined practical mobility and enjoyment. But that success was not without some setbacks. When news stories in 2015 linked hoverboards to fires, the same popularity that drove sales also attracted public and government scrutiny.

CTA Fires Operator of Train that Struck and Killed Woman Retrieving Phone

CTA fires operator of train that struck and killed woman retrieving phone, says in-cab video shows ‘failure to devote attention to duty’

By Mary Wisniewski

Chicago Tribune

The CTA has fired the operator of a train that struck and killed a woman who climbed down on the tracks last month to retrieve her phone.

The operator was looking away from the tracks ahead of him for about 12 seconds before the June incident at the 69th Street Red Line stop, according to a video recording taken inside the train cab and provided by the CTA in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

Truck Driver Killed in Crash that Derailed Amtrak Train

Truck driver killed in crash that derailed Amtrak Train

By Jean Kang, Mike Lowe, Courtney Gousman

WGN9

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. — A truck driver was killed when he apparently tried to cross the tracks in the path of an Amtrak train in south suburban University Park.

The accident happened around 5 p.m. Sunday in University Park, about 30 miles south of Chicago.

Most Drivers don’t Stop for Pedestrians Waiting at Marked Crosswalks

Most Drivers Don’t Stop For Pedestrians Waiting At Marked Crosswalks

By CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Signs are everywhere on Illinois streets, reminding drivers to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk, even if there’s no stop sign, but does anyone really yield for pedestrians?

More than 6,000 pedestrians are hit by cars every year in Illinois. Out of those, 172 are killed, including 50 children. Most pedestrian fatalities occur in marked crosswalks.

Woman Critically Injured in Overnight Divvy Bike Hit and Run

Woman Critically Injured In Overnight Divvy Bike Hit And Run

By CBS2 Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 25-year-old woman was critically injured late Sunday night when she was struck by a car while riding a Divvy bike.

The accident happened in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, near the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Rockwell Street at around 11 p.m.