A scooter accident in Maryland has sparked concern over the safety of moped riders, most of who are unregulated by helmet safety laws. The accident, involving an offensive lineman for the University of Maryland’s football team, occurred last month.
Though the athlete escaped without serious head or brain injury, as Liz Clarke notes in The Washington Post, it could have been much worse.
Scooters, or mopeds, are a popular form of transportation on college campuses across the country. So, while above story occurred on the other side of the country, the danger highlighted is one that is present in California as well.
While bicycle helmets have been strongly promoted, in many cases, moped users have escaped without too much pressure to strap a safety helmet on. While some may feel that such helmets are cumbersome and unnecessary (most mopeds can only reach speeds of about 25-35 mph) such dismissals fail to take into account the dangers posed by other drivers.
Could local colleges do more to support the use of helmets? Most definitely.
However, in the meantime, riders can preempt legislative action by deciding to wear a helmet anyway.