Have you been injured in a Scooter accident? We at Gould & Jefferson understand that this may be a difficult time for people who have been injured, and our team of attorneys take each case with the required compassion for you in order to make sure that you are receiving the best treatment, while also ensuring that you are adequately compensated for your damages. If you or a loved one has been injured in scooter accident, it is important to talk to a Los Angeles Scooter Accident Lawyer. Gould & Jefferson of Beverly Hills has experienced and dedicated attorneys standing by to assist you. Call (310) 899-9529 now to schedule a free 1- hour consultation with our team of attorneys.
Scooter Laws and Information
Many have already noticed the abundance of scooters in the streets nowadays. Bird, who initially began the scooter system in Santa Monica, has now expanded to almost all of California, the contiguous United States, and internationally. Companies like Lime followed suit. This came to the attention of Rideshare companies such as Lyft and Uber, who later decided to invest in this new market, which is the latest trend as a transportation alternative.
Since this transportation alternative has come into existence, the state of California has tried to regulate it. According to Vehicle Code Section 21235, “any person operating a motorized scooter must have a valid driver’s license.” Further, the vehicle code states that no passengers are allowed ride on scooters besides the operator. Drivers are also not allowed to have a hand occupied, meaning they may not carry any package, bundle or article that prevents him/her from keeping at least one hand on the handlebars. Moreover, this vehicle code states that Riders may not use sidewalks unless it is necessary to enter/exit a property, and riders may not exceed 15mph regardless of other higher posted speed limits.
Because of the high scooter usage in California, the government enacted updated codes. Prior to January 1, 2019, vehicle code 21235 prohibited riding without a properly fitted and fastened helmet. Since January 1, 2019 however, a new law came into effect which eliminates the helmet requirement, mirroring the California bicycle law. (it is important to note, that if the rider is under the age of 18, a helmet must be fastened at all time when riding a motorized scooter). This law is very important because it allows riders to “drive” in the street without any sort of protection and can cause more injuries and even fatalities. The reality however, is that a majority of scooter drivers, before the updated January 1, 2019 helmet regulation, were not wearing helmets while riding, although it was required by the law. When injures occurred prior to 2019, liability would be questioned and potentially reduced due to riders’ absence of helmets. This will no longer be the case. If you are injured in a scooter accident, the rider can recover regardless of helmet use. This, goes without saying that all riders must follow all traffic signs and street regulations, as one would with a motor vehicle.
Scooter companies are still looking for ways to make scooters safer. Some proposals include “geofencing,” which reduces the scooters speed from 15 mph to 8 mph in areas and locations where there are a lot of pedestrians.
As scooter operation has increased exponentially, drivers and pedestrians need to be more vigilant. If you or a friend have been injured in a scooter accident, please call Gould & Jefferson for a free consultation and analysis of your case. We have experienced attorneys standing by to assist you.
Updated 2019 Scooter Regulation
California Vehicle Code § 21235, states that:
“The operator of a motorized scooter shall not do any of the following:
(a) Operate a motorized scooter unless it is equipped with a brake that will enable the operator to make a braked wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement.
(b) Operate a motorized scooter on a highway with a speed limit in excess of 25 miles per hour unless the motorized scooter is operated within a Class II or Class IV bikeway, except that a local authority may, by ordinance or resolution, authorize the operation of a motorized scooter outside of a Class II or Class IV bikeway on a highway with a speed limit of up to 35 miles per hour. The 15 mile per hour maximum speed limit for the operation of a motorized scooter specified in Section 22411 applies to the operation of a motorized scooter on all highways, including bikeways, regardless of a higher speed limit applicable to the highway.
(c) Operate a motorized scooter without wearing a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet that meets the standards described in Section 21212, if the operator is under 18 years of age.
(d) Operate a motorized scooter without a valid driver’s license or instruction permit.
(e) Operate a motorized scooter with any passengers in addition to the operator.
(f) Operate a motorized scooter carrying any package, bundle, or article that prevents the operator from keeping at least one hand upon the handlebars.
(g) Operate a motorized scooter upon a sidewalk, except as may be necessary to enter or leave adjacent property.
(h) Operate a motorized scooter on the highway with the handlebars raised so that the operator must elevate his or her hands above the level of his or her shoulders in order to grasp the normal steering grip area.
(i) Leave a motorized scooter lying on its side on any sidewalk, or park a motorized scooter on a sidewalk in any other position, so that there is not an adequate path for pedestrian traffic.
(j) Attach the motorized scooter or himself or herself while on the roadway, by any means, to any other vehicle on the roadway.”
(Amended by Stats. 2018, Ch. 552, Sec. 1. (AB 2989) Effective January 1, 2019.)
Hire a Knowledgeable Scooter Accident Lawyer
The unfortunate truth is that there are Scooter accidents happening every day, many of which cause physical injury or death. When such Scooter accidents are caused by the negligence (fault) of another party, victims of these accidents are frequently compensated for their loss, through monetary compensation. This recovery does not occur automatically, as insurance companies are businesses with the primary motivation of maintaining profit. Insurance adjusters will always to try get away with paying as little money as possible. The attorneys at Gould & Jefferson know how to approach, deal, and settle with insurance companies to get scooter accident victims the highest compensation for their loss and injuries.
Gould & Jefferson of Beverly Hills has knowledgeable Scooter Accident Attorneys that know how to deal with insurance companies in order to overcome these arguments and tactics that they use. This is why it is important to have an experienced and knowledgeable team of Scooter Accident Lawyers fighting by your side. Call (310) 899-9529 to speak with the Best Los Angeles Scooter Accident Lawyers.