A mother and her 11-year old daughter visiting from Arizona were seriously injured while riding a motorized scooter in Santa Barbara. The accident happened shortly after the San Diego City Council voted against an emergency law that would have prohibited these scooters on California boardwalks. This accident is one out of many recent motorized scooter accidents that have happened throughout the state. Many people are still unaware of the laws that are in place in order to legally ride these scooters.
How Can I Be Safe While Riding a Motorized Scooter?
If you do decide to ride a motorized scooter, you should be aware of the safety concerns involving them and what you can do to prevent a serious injury. You should:
• Wear a helmet. Head injuries are the main injuries people sustain from motorized scooter accidents. Always wear a helmet in order to avoid a serious head injury if you were to fall or run into another vehicle or pedestrian.
• Try to avoid riding a dockless scooter. Many of these scooter companies don’t have a central docking location where you can safely return your scooter after riding it during the day. This can prevent scooter riders from riding on the scooter too long and at late hours, which can result in more injuries.
• Not ride the scooter on busy sidewalks/boardwalks. Many accidents involve the scooters hitting other pedestrians on busy sidewalks and boardwalks. In order to avoid this, don’t ride your scooter during busy hours, or ride the scooter in a designated bike lane where pedestrians are not walking.
• Follow local road rules and hand signals. If you are turning onto a busy street or intersection while riding your motorized scooter, you should follow the same traffic rules that other cyclists have to follow. This means using the proper hand signals while turning and giving yourself enough room between vehicles.
If you have been injured from a motorized scooter accident, you could potentially seek compensation for your injuries. Contact our personal injury attorneys at Wells, Call, Clark Bennett & Clawson today for a free consultation.