Electric scooters are growing in popularity across California. These alternate modes of transportation provide a portable, cost-effective way to get around your city or town. However, electric scooters are subject to various rules and regulations, just like other vehicles.
Here is what you need to know about California electric scooter laws, as defined by the California Vehicle Code.
According to California law, electric scooters are motorized vehicles that have two wheels, handlebars, and a floorboard. These vehicles cannot travel faster than 15 miles per hour. Driving over the speed limit can lead to a hefty fine.
Under California law, electric scooters have the same rights and responsibilities as a motor vehicle. As a result, riders of these vehicles must follow the same rules of the road as a car. For example, riders must stop at red lights and cannot operate an electric scooter while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Whenever a bike lane is available, electric scooters must travel in that lane. There are four exceptions to this rule:
Additionally, electric scooters must not travel on sidewalks or through crosswalks. Violations of these rules can lead to a fine and other penalties.
Riders do not need insurance to operate an electric scooter or register the vehicle with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). However, they must carry a driver’s license to lawfully ride one. Riders can carry any class of driver’s license, but it must be valid.
Electric scooters can be involved in accidents on California roads, just like motor vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. If you are injured in an electric scooter accident, you may wonder what to do next.
Under California’s fault insurance laws, you could file a claim against the driver, manufacturer, or government agency responsible for your accident. To secure compensation in your case, however, you will need to show that the defendant actually caused your accident.
To protect yourself and support your future case, take the following steps after your electric scooter accident:
Once you have sought medical care for your injuries, contact a California injury attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can represent your claim against the at-fault party and work tirelessly to secure the compensation that you deserve.