People who live in and around any major metropolitan area in California or around the nation have likely seen their share of electric scooters on the roads. In fact, they have also likely seen their share of electric scooters on sidewalks, boardwalks, bike paths and pedestrian paths as well even though the scooters are said to only be allowed to be ridden on streets.
The fact that people who ride these scooters routinely choose to operate them on surfaces where they are technically not allowed to is just one of the issues facing many municipalities and individuals alike. As reported by The Washington Post, it appears that the companies who offer scooters for rent are having to work with city and state governments to identify what regulations will be put in place. At the same time, local governments and law enforcement officials must make decisions about what regulations they will enforce.
Helmet use is one topic that has garnered a lot of attention. While officially required, helmets were not provided and few people have seen a scooter ride with a helmet on. Starting next year, helmets will no longer be legally required. This will not change the practices of scooter riders but will see the law reflect what actually happens.
If you would like to learn more about how to navigate how to keep you and your loved ones protected and safe on area roads, paths and sidewalks, please feel free to visit the scooter crash compensation page of our California personal injury website.