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Ascension Seton doctors see increase of severe scooter accidents and recommendations to keep riders safe

Hot weather and summer excitement have Austin residents seeking out adventure. With the emergence of motorized scooters on the city’s busy streets, severe scooter accidents are on the rise, and physicians at Ascension Seton are concerned. Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, the region’s only Level I Trauma Center for adults, has seen an increase in emergency patients suffering injuries from scooter accidents, and physicians say safety precautions must be taken now.

Robert J. Buchanan, KM, MD, chief of neurosurgery at Ascension Seton and Ascension Seton Brain and Spine Institute, and Christopher Michael Ziebell, MD, Medical Director of the Dell Ascension Seton Emergency Department, have seen patients who have suffered major head and orthopedic injuries from scooter accidents this summer.

Buchanan and Ziebell spoke to Fox 7 on common scooter injuries and recommendations to keep riders safe, including general awareness on the road and wearing a helmet.

“There are countless stories of people who have had their lives saved by wearing a helmet. They’re in a terrible accident, they wake up from the accident with their helmet cracked in half, but they are alive,” Buchanan told Fox 7.

Ascension Seton is part of Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.