Bird Files Lawsuit Against Beverly Hills

 

E-Scooter Company Seeks to Overturn Ban on Rental Scooters

Beverly-HillsMotorized scooter pioneer Bird has brought legal action in Los Angeles Superior Court, asking the tribunal to strike down a ban on the bikes enacted by the city of Beverly Hills six months ago. In the wake of the ban, the city has impounded more than 1,000 scooters. Calling any ban in California “illegal,” Bird’s chief legal officer promised a progressive review of bans imposed in other cities across the Golden State.

Bird has seen the demand for its motorized bikes skyrocket in California in the last 12 months, but the company has encountered repeated challenges from cities that were unprepared for the onslaught. In addition to Beverly Hills, other cities that have taken action to ban the scooters include Ventura, West Hollywood and El Segundo.

On the other hand, a number of municipalities, including Long Beach, Los Angeles and Santa Monica, have developed pilot programs that allow the motorized scooters on city streets. However, those ordinances require that Bird and other scooter companies obey parking laws and share data with the cities.

In its complaint, Bird alleges that Beverly Hills broke California laws, including a statute that ensures equal rights for drivers, bicyclists, motorcyclists and motorized scooter riders. The lawsuit also alleges that Beverly Hills took property without due process of law, noting that Bird had to pay more than $10,000 to reclaim its scooters. In addition, the legal action contends that Beverly Hills violated environmental and open meeting laws.

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The Hurt Study—A Look at Motorcycle Accidents in Southern California

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Study Helps Officials and Bikers Make Riding Safer

More than 35 years ago, Harry Hurt, a researcher at the University of Southern California, conducted an extensive study of nearly 4,000 motorcycle accidents in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. That study is still used today to teach motorcyclists about the potential risks on the road and the things they can do to make their time on the bike safer.

Some Basic Findings of the Hurt Study

Professor Hurt found that about three of every four motorcycle accidents involved a collision with another vehicle (almost always a passenger car), and the remainder were caused by a collision with some other object or loss of control of the bike. As a general rule, mechanical problems were not a meaningful factor in the accidents, accounting for less than 3% of the crashes.

Hurt found that, when the crash involved another vehicle, the driver of that vehicle was twice as likely to have violated posted right of way than the biker. The other driver was at fault in approximately 2/3rds of all motorcycle-car accidents, with the most common type of collision coming when an automobile operator makes a left turn into the path of a motorcyclist traveling straight. One of the most often-cited reasons for a collision involved the failure of the other driver to detect and recognize the presence of a motorcycle on the roadway.

In single bike accidents, the most frequent cause was operator error, usually the result of excessive speed, over-braking or taking a turn too wide.

Hurt found that the vast majority of motorcycle accidents happen on short trips along city streets, and that weather is rarely a factor in a motorcycle crash—about one in every 50 motorcycle crashes results from inclement weather.

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At Weber & Nierenberg, we bring more than three decades of combined experience to injured people in California, representing clients who have been hurt in any kind of motorcycle accident. To set up a confidential consultation, contact Weber & Nierenberg by e-mail or call us at 1-866-288-6010. Your initial interview is without cost or obligation.

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.

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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.

Gathering Evidence after a Motorcycle Accident

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How to Make the Best Case for Full and Fair Compensation

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you have the right to sue for any losses you’ve suffered, from wages and income to unreimbursed medical expenses to loss of companionship and consortium and physical pain and suffering. But it’s rarely an open and shut case—you need compelling evidence to convince a judge and jury that the defendant acted unreasonably and that you suffered damages as a result.

There are a number of ways to gather the necessary evidence to prove your case:

  • The testimony of witnesses—If there was anyone traveling with you or any bystanders who saw the accident, you’ll want to get sworn statements from them as soon as possible after the accident. The longer you wait, the greater the risk that their memories will fade, or that that they may die or move away. Your attorney can prepare an affidavit for a witness to sign, but your lawyer will also want to schedule a deposition, where a court reporter can document the testimony.
  • Physical evidence—This can include photographs of the scene of the accident, skid marks, damage to vehicles or injuries suffered by anyone. Your lawyer will typically have a professional conduct a forensic inspection of the crash site.
  • Expert testimony—It’s pretty common practice to retain an accident reconstruction expert, who can gather data from the crash and reconstruct exactly what happened. A good expert will be able to use existing data to determine speed of any vehicle, whether the vehicle operator applied brakes at all and whether vehicles stopped at lights or stop signs.
  • Police reports—The police report can also provide valuable evidence.

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Contact our office by e-mail or call 1-866-288-6010 to schedule an appointment with an experienced California motorcycle accident lawyer. We have protected the rights of injured bikers in California for more than 30 years. We know that every accident has unique circumstances. We carefully investigate the facts and circumstances of your accident, so that we can aggressively pursue full and fair compensation for your injuries.

Motorcycle Safety Gear—A Guide for New Riders

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So you’ve just discovered the unmatched feeling that comes from cruising down the road on a motorcycle, wind in your face. You know there are risks involved, and you want to take the right steps to maximize your safety. But the sheer number of safety products can be overwhelming. Here are some of the things to look for in safety gear, particularly if you’re new to riding.

Why You Need Safety Gear

Safety gear provides protection from a number of risks:

  • Impact with objects, such as bugs, birds, bushes and other debris—your uncovered skin, bones and organs are not designed to withstand high-speed impact with most items
  • Road rash or abrasion—If you go down and drag your body along the pavement, you can expect to lose a millimeter of skin for every mile per hour you’re traveling over the speed of 30 mph.
  • Inclement weather—You’ve probably heard the term “wind chill.” The faster you travel, the more the actual temperature drops. It might be 55 out, but the real impact on your skin could be like 25°, putting you at risk for frostbite. Good gear can also help keep you cool when it’s hot out by promoting your body’s natural cooling process—sweating.

The Types of Gear You Need

To maximize your safety, you need five items:

  • A good helmet
  • A durable jacket that covers your arms, back, ribs and internal organs
  • Riding pants made of Kevlar, leather or some similar durable material
  • Boots with non-slip soles and good ankle support
  • Gloves that stay on your hands in an accident, that protect your hands, but that also have the flexibility you need to properly operate the bike

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For a free initial consultation with one of our knowledgeable and experienced lawyers, contact us by e-mail or call 1-866-288-6010 to schedule an appointment. We bring more than 30 years of experience to every case we take. Our attorneys know that every accident is different, so we’ll take the time to learn exactly what happened, so that we can help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses.

New San Francisco Ordinance Regulates E-Scooters

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As reported in our blog posted on April 30, 2018, the City Attorney in San Francisco issued a cease and desist order earlier that month, temporarily suspending operations of a number of “e-scooter” vendors in the city and impounding nearly 70 scooters. Just over a week later, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved and added a new provision to the city’s Transportation Code, an ordinance entitled “Powered Scooter Share Parking Restrictions.”

Under the new law, a rented power scooter in the city of San Francisco may not be parked, left standing or left unattended on any street, sidewalk or right-of-way without first obtaining a permit from the SFMTA (San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency). Before obtaining the necessary permit, scooter rental companies must:

  • Provide proof of insurance
  • Have the capacity to share trip data with city officials
  • Implement a privacy policy to protect user information
  • Provide education to persons who rent scooters
  • File a proposed service area plan (to be approved by the city)
  • Have a low-income rental plan in place

The law also states that any scooter left unattended may be considered a public nuisance and may be impounded. The city may also levy fines on the owners of the scooter.

Effective May 1, 2018, the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency has instituted a one year pilot program to determine the effectiveness of the new ordinance. During that time period, only 1,500 permit requests will be granted.

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At Weber & Nierenberg, we place a premium on personal service and attention. We’ll take the time to learn the details of your situation, so that we take the right steps to get the outcome you want. When you hire us to protect your rights after a motorcycle accident injury, you’ll have access to one of our partners at all times.

California Highway Patrol Partners in Effort to Reduce Number of Motorcycle Accidents

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In partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety, the California Highway Patrol has developed and implemented a new motorcycle safety program, known as Have A Good Ride IV (HAGR IV). The program calls for enhanced motorcycle safety enforcement along roadways in California where bike accidents are statistically more common. Those officers will concentrate of the enforcement of those infractions that are most likely to lead to an accident, including speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, lane splitting and making illegal turns.

The program also includes a year-long series of public service campaigns targeted at improving safety and visibility for motorcyclists in California. The program designates May as “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month” and addresses such issues as the use of helmets and strategies for road-sharing with other motorists.

The initiative is a response, in part to data gathered by California DMV officials showing nearly a million registered motorcycles in the state, and about 1.4 million residents licensed to ride motorcycles. Records show that, in 2017, more than 500 bikers were killed and nearly 15,000 suffered injuries in traffic collisions.

The California Highway Patrol offers training to all motorcyclists through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. There are training facilities across the state. To learn more or to find a place to enroll in the training, go to californiamotorcyclist.com.

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Simple Steps for Keeping You and Your Motorcycle on the Road

Better Biking Safety Tips from the Open RoadThere’s nothing in the world that can compare to the thrill of taking your motorcycle on the open road…the power of the engine, the wind in your face, the exhilaration when you accelerate. Let’s face it…there’s also the excitement of being directly exposed to the elements. It’s a bit of a trade-off, though, as there’s less to protect you in the event of an accident. But there are many things you can do to minimize the risk of injury. Most cyclists ride for decades without a scrape, but it’s not just luck. They’re paying attention, taking specific measures to make their experience as safe as possible. Here are some simple steps you can take to make certain your memories are always positive.

  • Drive defensively—The most common response from a motorist who causes a motorcycle accident? “I didn’t see the bike.” You can’t ever assume that other drivers are aware of your presence. Be proactive…watch what other drivers are doing, stay out of their blind spots, give plenty of advance warning when you plan to turn or change direction, watch for cars that are turning or stopping
  • Improve your chances of being seen—Take steps to enhance your visibility. Wear bright clothing or reflective tape. Ride with your headlights on. Use hand signals in addition to the signals on your bike.
  • Keep your riding skills sharp—Consider taking a safety class or riding courses to keep your skills honed.
  • Obey the rules of the road—Another major cause of motorcycle accidents—bikers who take short cuts or jockey in and out of motor vehicle traffic. Stay within the speed limit, make certain you stop at red lights and stop signs, and don’t change lanes or pass in no pass zones.
  • Wear protective clothing—Sometimes you can do everything right and still be at risk. That’s why it’s important to wear the right clothing. Leather will minimize the risk of road rash, and good boots and gloves can help you avoid serious injury.

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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, either Joe Nierenberg or Steve Weber will work directly with you throughout the process.

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

Personal Protective Equipment for Bikers

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There’s nothing that compares to the feeling you get on a motorcycle—the sense of freedom, the wind in your face, you against the elements. But that feeling comes at a cost—the risk of injury is significantly higher on a bike than in a car. For that reason, many bikers choose to use personal equipment (PPE) to minimize the risk of serious injury. Personal protective equipment can serve a number of purposes, from lessening the impact of a fall or increasing visibility (to other motorists) to abrasion control or weather protection. Here are some of the tools bikers use to take some of the potential sting out of riding.

  • An approved helmet—Studies show that more than a third of motorcycle accidents result in impact with the chin bar. A full-face helmet can eliminate most of the trauma caused by this impact. Such a helmet can also reduce the risk of road rash and permanent scarring/disfigurement of the face.
  • Clothing—Many bikers wear heavy-duty jackets and pants, made from leather, Kevlar, Cordura, ballistic nylon or other materials. The jackets usually include extra padding in the elbows and the pants can have similar protective material in the knees. Jackets and pants can also have a hard armor-like shell, often worn by competition riders.
  • Gloves—Gloves are also available in Kevlar, leather and similar materials, and may include special padding around the knuckles. The gloves are typically curved to allow better control on the handlebars.
  • Goggles or a helmet visor—If you don’t wear a full-face helmet, you can still protect your eyes and most of your face with goggles. It’s not uncommon to hit bugs or have small stones kick up from the roadway.
  • Boots—Most motorcycle boots are reinforced around the toes and ankles, either with steel, titanium plating or synthetic materials. Also, make certain the soles are rubber, not leather.

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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, either Joe Nierenberg or Steve Weber will work directly with you throughout the process.

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

The Importance of Defensive Driving

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For years, safety officials and motorcycle groups have been working hard to raise awareness of the presence of bikers on American roadways, from bumper stickers to public service announcements to billboards. Though some areas of the country have seen minor declines in injuries and fatalities involving bikers, the reality is that too many motorcyclists are still unwitting victims of motorists who simply don’t pay attention. Which has led many to conclude that perhaps the most effective safety campaign is one that promotes defensive driving.

What is Defensive Driving for a Motorcyclist?

The first step toward maximizing your defensive driving is to recognize that driving a car and riding a bike are two very different things. You may be an outstanding driver behind the wheel of a car, but you may need to take some time to learn how to safely ride your bike. If at all possible, work your way up to the big Harley.

Also, the bigger the motorcycle one of the best ways to start thinking defensively on a bike is to pretend that you are invisible. After all, to many other drivers, you essentially are. Assume that other motorists don’t see you and be prepared to take the action you need to ensure your safety. That may cause you to:

  • Increase the distance between your bike and other vehicles
  • Be on the lookout for escape routes, including the space between cars (but only in an emergency)
  • Pay close attention at every intersection, as drivers may not be looking for you
  • Recognize that most other motor vehicles are bigger than yours and don’t be invested in being in a particular spot at a particular time

Another really important component of driving defensively is keeping your bike in top condition. You need to know that the bike will respond in the event of an emergency, that you can either brake quickly and effectively, or that you can give it that little extra bit of gas to pull you past a dangerous situation.

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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, either Joe Nierenberg or Steve Weber will work directly with you throughout the process.

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

 
 
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