If people saw what Dr. Zachary Bauman sees while doing trauma surgery for Nebraska Medicine, they would wear helmets and stay sober while riding electric scooters.

With the trendy rides about to hit Omaha streets, Bauman spoke about them in the emergency room Thursday, where he hopes to not encounter scooter riders. He wasn’t trying to be a killjoy; just trying to keep people from being injured or killed.

“I’ve actually ridden them myself,” Bauman said. “They are an enjoyable ride. I had a good time, but I also obviously took the appropriate safety precautions.”

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Bauman also recommended that riders make themselves visible with bright clothing, and with lights and reflective gear if riding at night, and to watch out for vehicles and pedestrians.

Bauman noted the findings of a new study of scooter injuries conducted by the city of Austin, Texas, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study found 271 potential e-scooter related injuries in three months of 2018 in Austin, according to an article in The Verge. Of those injured riders, almost half suffered head injuries. Fifteen percent experienced traumatic brain injuries. But only one injured scooter rider was wearing a helmet.

People who worry about a helmet messing up their hair or being inconvenient to carry should consider the trade-off, Bauman said.