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California Electric Scooter Laws—An Overview

Fundamental Laws Governing Electric Scooters

California Electric Scooter Laws—An OverviewAs the use of electric scooters continues to explode, both in California and nationwide, more andmore legislatures are taking a close look at their impact, enacting regulations to protect riders, other drivers, and pedestrians. In this blog, we look as some of the basic laws governing the operation of an electric scooter in California.

  • Under the law, electric scooters are motorized vehicles—Except where there are specific laws governing electric scooters, the law governing other motor vehicles applies. For example, you can be charged with drinking and driving if you operate an electric scooter while intoxicated.
  • You must walk an electric scooter through a left-hand turn—A controversial new provision in the California Vehicle Code requires electric scooter operators to get off their bikes on the right-hand side of the road when approaching a left-hand turn and then walk the bike through the turn.
  • The use of bike lanes—The California Vehicle Code requires electric scooter operators to use dedicated bike lanes whenever possible. Some exceptions apply:
    • When making a left-hand turn
    • When avoiding hazards in the bike lane
    • When passing another vehicle or a pedestrian
    • When turning right
  • Prohibited activities—You may not have another passenger on an electric scooter. You may not operate an electric scooter without a valid driver’s license. You may not drive an electric scooter on a sidewalk.
  • Minors must wear helmets—Anyone under the age of 18 may drive an electric scooter only while wearing a helmet. The requirement does not apply to adults.
  • The speed limit for electric scooters is 15 miles per hour—The fines for exceeding the speed limit start at $250.

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Motorcycle Accident Deaths Decline in California

But Roadways Still Present Increased Risks for Bikers

Motorcycle Accident Deaths Decline in CaliforniaThere are over 800,000 motorcycles registered in California. In 2018, there were just over 14,000 motorcycle accidents in the state, down from 16,505 in 2017. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, the number of motorcycle-accident fatalities also dropped during that time, from 578 in 2017 to 488 in 2018, a decline of 15.57%. The trends in California are similar to those nationwide, although the national decrease of motorcycle fatalities in 2017 was only 5.6%.

Despite the lowering fatality rate, California roadways are still pretty dangerous for motorcyclists. Bikers remain 28 times more likely to die in a collision than someone operating or riding in a passenger vehicle (down from 34 times as likely just four years ago). Approximately three of every four motorcycle accidents are collisions between bikes and at least one car.

Safety experts say a number of factors continue to make the motorcycle-accident-fatality rate relatively high:

  • Distracted driving—In addition to handheld devices, motorcyclists are susceptible to roadside distractions.
  • Aging biker population—Most motorcyclists are now over the age of 40, with the average age of motorcycle-accident-fatality victims being 43.
  • Alcohol and drugs—One in every four fatal motorcycle accidents involves at least one driver with blood alcohol content over the legal limit. The legalization of recreational marijuana use also has led to a higher number of bikers driving under the influence.

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At the law offices of Weber & Nierenberg, we have provided strong and effective representation to motorcycle accident injury victims for more than 30 years. To set up a free initial consultation, contact us by e-mail or call 1-866-288-6010.

 
 
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