California Lets Adult Scooter Operators Ride without Helmets

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Governor Brown Signs Bill to Remove Helmet Requirement

If you’ve joined the thousands of Californians who have embraced scooters as a way to get around town, there’s good news—you won’t be required anymore to bring along and wear one of those pesky helmets—at least, not after January 1, 2019, when the new law goes into effect.

On September 18, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed new legislation that waives the helmet requirement for anyone 18 and over operating a scooter in the state of California. Proponents of the bill say that, as a practical matter, it eliminates the requirement for virtually all scooter operators, as most dockless scooter companies don’t all minors to use their vehicles. Under the legislation, there are minimum requirements that apply throughout the state, but local communities still have the option to impose tougher restrictions.

Advocates for the bill called it a common-sense response to the unique factors that affect scooter rentals. Most medium-to-large cities in California have seen an influx of scooter companies, such as Bird and Lime, making electric vehicles that can be picked up and dropped off at almost any location. Scooter enthusiasts say that, because the scooters cannot travel at high rates of speed, the risk of injury is significantly less. In addition, they contend that requiring riders to wear helmets dramatically reduced the inclination of customers to spontaneously opt for a scooter as means of transportation, as most folks don’t carry a helmet with them at all times.

The new law also includes another significant provision unrelated to the use of helmets. Under existing law, scooters were not allowed on roads with posted speed limits in excess of 25 miles per hour. Under the new law, that has been changed to 35 miles per hour.

Contact the Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg

At Weber & Nierenberg, our attorneys have more than 30 years of experience helping personal injury victims across California. We know that every fact situation is different. We’ll take the time to learn the details of your accident, so that we can tailor our efforts to get the results you want. Contact us by e-mail or call our office at 1-866-288-6010 for a free initial consultation with an experienced California motorcycle accident attorney.

California Motorcycle Accident Statistics

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According to studies, there are more motorcycles (approximately 800,000) on California roadways than in any other state in the country. On an annual basis, nearly 12,000 people are injured and almost 500 people killed in motorcycle accidents on state roadways.

Motorcycle accidents in California have the greatest impact on riders between the ages of 25 and 34, with riders above the age of 55 the least affected. The three months that saw the highest number of motorcycle accident fatalities were, in order, August, July and November. Statistics also show that, from May through September, there were more than 1,000 motorcycle accident injuries per month in the state.

Though one in four (24%) of motorcycle accident fatalities in California involved a biker with a blood alcohol content of more than .08% (the legal limit), that is below the national average, which is 28%. Nearly 90% of motorcyclists killed in a crash were wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, but authorities attribute that to the state’s helmet law. Nationwide, only 57% of bikers killed in crashes were wearing a helmet at the time of death.

One in five persons killed in motorcycle accidents in California were operating the bike without a valid drivers’ license.

Contact Weber & Nierenberg

At Weber & Nierenberg, we bring almost 30 years of experience to people in and around Sacramento who have been injured in a motor vehicle accident. We built our practice on a strong commitment to personal service and attention. We’ll take the time to learn the unique aspects of your case, so that we can tailor our representation to get the outcome you want. When you hire us to help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses, Joe Nierenberg will work directly with you throughout the process.

To set up a free initial consultation with an experienced California motor vehicle accident injury attorney, contact Weber & Nierenberg by e-mail or call our office at 1-866-288-6010.

Young Cyclist Collided with Car on Green Valley Road, Danville, on 1/28/15

Serious injuries were suffered by a teenager bicycling on Green Valley Road near Hope Lane in Danville, California, when he collided with a car.

The young man’s injuries were sufficiently serious that he was removed by helicopter ambulance to the hospital.

Our firm has successfully handled several cases like this, which often result in serous and permanent injuries, and have obtained compensation for the victims from the responsible parties.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are also well-experienced in bicycle accidents, as well as automobile and motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, falls, and other accidents including those involving wrongful death, and will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding injuries or wrongful death from a pedestrian, auto, bicycle, motorcycle, bus accident, fall or other type of personal injury or wrongful death, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure your rights are vindicated. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010.

Bicyclist vs. Pedestrian Collision on Ralston Avenue in Belmont on 8/24/14

On Sunday afternoon, August 24, 2014, a bicyclist riding at the intersection of Ralston Avenue and Davis Drive in Belmont, California, collided with a 66 year-old female pedestrian. Both parties suffered injuries.

Our firm has successfully handled numerous cases involving bicycle and pedestrian accidents, obtaining compensation for the victims from the responsible parties.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents including those involving wrongful death, as well as automobile, motorcycle, bus, and truck accident cases, and will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding injuries or wrongful death from a pedestrian, auto, bicycle, motorcycle, bus accident or other type of personal injury, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure your rights are vindicated. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010.

Bicyclist Struck by Car on James Donlon Blvd. in Antioch on 2/24/14

On Monday afternoon, February 24, 2014, a bicyclist pedaling along James Donlon Boulevard near G Street in Antioch was struck by a car. The unfortunate bicyclist was taken to the hospital for his injuries.

The victim has a right to seek compensation from the negligent motorist.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in bicycle and automobile accidents, including those involving wrongful death, as well as motorcycle, bus, truck, and pedestrian accident cases, and will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding a bicycle accident or auto, motorcycle, pedestrian, bus accident or other type of personal injury, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure your rights are vindicated. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010.

A Type of Bike That Needs Fixing

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We represent bicyclists who’ve been injured due to the negligence of others. Most of the time these accidents are caused by drivers of cars or trucks or government entities responsible for road conditions that lead to accidents. Riding a bike is not without risks and sometimes those risks are created by the bike itself.

Ventura County is mulling a ban on fixed-gear bicycles on park trails after a hit-and-run accident that left a rider with severe injuries, according to the San Francisco Examiner. Parks director Ron Van Dyck says the September crash involved two bicyclists on the Ojai Valley Trail. He told the Ventura County Star the rider who fled the scene was on a “fixie,” or fixed gear bicycle without brakes.

The Chinese city of Xiamen has banned these bikes. The action is in response to the death earlier this year of a 13 year old girl riding a fixie. Last year a 17 year old San Diego boy was killed while riding a fixie. CBS 8 in San Diego reported,
Richie Ditta at Brooklyn Bicycles says they’re different from a normal bike because the pedals are always in motion when the bike is moving, meaning you can never stop pedaling and just coast.

“The bike has direct drive, so when I peddle forward or backward, that’s how the chain makes the wheel move back and forth,” he explained.

What potentially makes a “fixie” dangerous is stopping. Your legs have to be strong enough to instantly stop the pedals.

“You gotta build muscles up to stop properly, and even then, it’s not really enough,” a rider said.

Some “fixie” riders add a hand brake to help slow the bike down. Others do not. And when there’s a problem, the results can be fatal.

Seventeen-year-old Francisco Sanchez Porras was killed last week when the Bonita High School student’s “fixie” crashed into a car at an Encanto intersection.

“We have numerous witnesses that are pretty consistent. The bicyclist entered the intersection without stopping,” SDPD Sgt. Art Doherty said.

Lucien Gregg, an 18 year old college student, was killed while biking on a fixie in Santa Cruz in 2008. He was struck and run over by a FedEx truck. In his blog, Rick Graves, the owner of a Santa Cruz bicycle messenger service, writes, “Let’s face it, fixed gear bikes take longer to stop, and if you have to skid to a halt you are less likely to yield to motorists and pedestrians who may have the right of way.”

These bikes may violate the California vehicle code, which states in part, “no person shall operate a bicycle on a roadway unless it is equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make one braked wheel skid on a dry level (or) clean pavement.” In 2006, an Oregon judge, interpreting a similarly worded Oregon statute, found that fixie bikes violated state law because of its lack of a brake. The judge ruled in a case where a bike messenger was ticketed for riding a fixie bike without a brake.

If you’re a bicyclist using one of these bikes, or considering buying one, you might do yourself, pedestrians and motorists a favor by installing and using brakes. If you injure someone while riding a fixie, it may be you who could be sued if you, and your bicycle, caused the accident.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in bicycle accidents, as well as motorcycle, bus, truck, and pedestrian accident cases, and will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

Bicyclist Fatally Struck by Tesla on Highway 1, Santa Cruz, on 11/2/13

Bike LaneOn the morning of Saturday, November 2, 2013, a 40-year old male bicyclist was riding north in the bicycle lane on Highway 1 near Dimeo Lane in Santa Cruz, accompanied by several other bicyclists. A northbound 2013 Tesla Model S veered into the bike lane and struck the cyclist. The unfortunate bicycle rider died as a result of his injuries.

The family of the victim has a right to seek compensation from the negligent motorist.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in bicycle and automobile accidents, including those involving wrongful death, as well as motorcycle, bus, truck, and pedestrian accident cases, and will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding a bicycle accident or auto, motorcycle, pedestrian, bus accident or other type of personal injury, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure your rights are vindicated. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010
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Bicyclist Injured in Collision with Auto on Redwood Blvd and DeLong Ave, Novato, on 6/7/13

On Friday, June 7, 2013 around 7:20 a.m., a female bicyclist riding near the intersection of Redwood Boulevard and DeLong Avenue in Novato, CA, was involved a collision with a car.

The bicyclist sustained serious injuries, and was airlifted to the hospital.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in bicycle accidents, as well as automobile, motorcycle, pedestrian, auto, truck and bus accident cases, and will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding a bicycle accident or auto, motorcycle, bus, pedestrian accident or other type of personal injury, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure your rights are vindicated. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010.

Bicyclist Killed When Struck by VTA Light-Rail on Sunol Street & Auzerais Ave, San Jose, on 6/8/13

On Saturday, June 8, 2013 around 5:50 p.m., a male bicyclist was attempting to cross the VTA rail tracks near Sunol Street and Auzerais Avenue in San Jose, when he was struck by a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light-rail train.

The bicyclist was killed in the collision.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in bicycle accidents and wrongful death claims, as well as automobile, motorcycle, pedestrian, truck and bus accident cases, and wrongful death cases, and will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding an auto accident or wrongful death claim, or motorcycle, bus, bicycle, pedestrian accident or other type of personal injury, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure your rights are vindicated. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010.

Bicyclist Injured in Collision with Bus at Prospect Road & S. DeAnza Blvd, San Jose, on 5/24/13

On Friday, May 24, 2013 around 2:15 p.m., an elderly man riding a bicycle was struck by a school bus as he crossed the intersection of Prospect Road and South DeAnza Blvd. In San Jose.

The bicyclist was taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment of his injuries. It is unknown if there were any passengers on the school bus at the time of the collision.

The personal injury attorneys at the Weber & Nierenberg law firm are well-experienced in bicycle accidents and wrongful death claims, as well as automobile, motorcycle, pedestrian, truck and bus accident cases, and wrongful death cases, and will work hard and competently to obtain complete compensation for your injuries and losses.

If you or someone you know needs to know their rights regarding an auto accident or wrongful death claim, or motorcycle, bus, bicycle, pedestrian accident or other type of personal injury, call the attorneys at the Weber and Nierenberg law firm. Personal injury attorneys at Weber & Nierenberg will work hard to make sure your rights are vindicated. For a free consultation or to make an appointment, call 1-866-288-6010.

 
 
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