In California, e-scooter use is increasing, which also means that e-scooter accidents are increasing. Many individuals are unaware that there are very particular restrictions that have an impact on whether utilizing these scooters is allowed, according to the Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn. Additionally, they frequently are not aware that e-scooter incidents might have multiple parties at fault. Continue reading to get the details, then call (310) 209-1600 to schedule a free legal consultation.
California’s e-scooter use regulations
Electric/motorized scooters are defined by the state of California as vehicles with two wheels, handlebars, and a floorboard that is designed for the user to stand on while operating the scooter. No license plates are required for scooters. They are not need to be insured or registered. Scooter operation does not require a specific driver’s license. Keep in mind that this only applies to California as a whole. Additional rules about their use, parking, and operation may be set down by local authorities.
Use guidelines for e-scooters
E-scooter usage restrictions are enacted both to safeguard those using them and to lessen the likelihood of collisions with vehicles and people on foot. If a rider is under the age of 18, the law mandates that they wear a helmet. Scooters must be equipped with brakes that allow them to stop on clear, dry pavement.
E-scooter drivers do not require a specific permit, although they do require a driver’s license or instruction permit. It is prohibited to ride a scooter with more than one person, as well as to carry anything that inhibits the rider from having at least one hand on the handlebars, such as a parcel. It is forbidden to operate a scooter while intoxicated, as it is with any other type of vehicle.
No matter what the posted speed limit for other vehicles is, electric scooters cannot go faster than 15 miles per hour. With a few exceptions, scooters are not permitted on highways with speed restrictions greater than 25 mph. For instance, in some locations a local regulation allows for the legal use of a roadway with a 35 mph speed restriction.
Identifying responsibility in an e-scooter accident
E-scooter accidents can happen in a variety of ways, such as when the rider loses control, a car strikes the e-scooter in a bike lane, or even when a pedestrian trips over an abandoned e-scooter. As with most incidents, who was at fault is established by their level of carelessness or negligence. Call the Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn at (310) 209-1600 to schedule a free legal consultation if you were hurt in an e-scooter accident and think that someone else was to blame.