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In the aftermath of an accident involving a woman on an electric scooter in early January, city officials in Santa Monica have issued a statement, both reinforcing existing regulations and warning scooter operators about the potential risk involved with unlicensed scooter operators. City officials said they look forward to working with any new companies that enter the scooter rental business, but worry that some of them don’t have effective policies in place to protect riders.
The woman who was injured was apparently riding the scooter without a helmet, and sustained serious injury when she collided with a car. The company that leased the motor scooter to her has launched an application that allows people to pay for a scooter by the minute. Officials say the company had not obtained a valid business license and could not operate its vehicles on public roads.
The city’s statement re-emphasized existing laws that apply to motorized scooters in California:
- Anyone on a scooter must be wearing a helmet when the bike is moving
- A person cannot operate a scooter without a valid drivers license or without an instruction permit
- Passengers are not allowed on a motorized scooter
- Scooter operators may not ride on sidewalks at any time, only on the road
- A person may only operate a scooter at night if it has lights and visible reflectors
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Citing statistics that show a dramatic increase in motorcycle accident fatalities and injuries in the last decade, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has kicked off a new initiative intended to bolter motorcycle safety. Officials say that a focused “Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation” went into effect on September 19, 2017. The program will see extra officers on duty in areas where motorcycle traffic is heavy and motorcycle accidents have been frequent.
According to officials, since the low water mark of 352 motorcycles deaths in 2010, California has seen a 28% jump in fatalities, with a five-year-high of 453 in 2013. Among the factors contributing to the high fatality rate are speeding, impaired driving and unsafe turning.
Public safety officers offered the following safety tips for riders:
- Drive at the same speed as others around you
- Wear clothes that allow you to be seen
- Always ride with your lights on, even in the day
- Use your lane to improve your visibility
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At Weber & Nierenberg, we bring over 30 years of experience to people in and around San Francisco Bay area who have been injured in a motorcycle 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.
If you ride a motorcycle, here’s one thing you want to make certain you have—the maximum coverage on your own motor vehicle insurance for uninsured motorist and underinsured motorist coverage.
What is Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists’ Coverage?
With almost every motor vehicle insurance policy, there’s an additional rider that can be purchased (for an additional premium) that provides additional coverage to you should be involved in an accident with a driver who either has no insurance or has limited insurance. It’s a very good idea, as a biker, to purchase this additional coverage, as any injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident will likely be serious. As a result, even if the other driver has insurance, if your injuries are extensive, you may exhaust the limits of liability before all your losses are covered.
There’s a fundamental difference between uninsured motorists and underinsured motorists coverage. An uninsured motorists provision applies when the other driver had no insurance to cover the costs of any injury or property damage. An underinsured motorists’ provision is designed to address those situations where the amount of coverage the at-fault party has will not cover all the losses incurred. For example, you may have traumatic brain injury or spinal cord trauma, with projected costs of health care or other needs of hundreds of thousands of dollars or even a million dollars or more. If the person who cause the accident had a cap of $50,000 on liability for any accident, you may need to pursue a claim against your own policy to get the benefits you need.
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 motorcycle 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.