Over the past couple years, electric scooters have popped up in cities everywhere. In the City of West Hollywood, Bird and Lime scooters can be seen on virtually every block. At any one time, there are more than 16,000 e-scooters in operation in the greater Los Angeles area. These e-scooters provide a fast, inexpensive way to jet around urban areas such as West Hollywood, Hollywood and other Los Angeles locales, but they present many safety issues and local residents in places such as West Hollywood, Hollywood and Beverly Hills have voiced strong opposition to their presence.
Recent safety studies suggest that as many as 1,800 serious injuries have been reported nationwide over the last year, and eight deaths have occurred as the result of e-scooters such as Bird and Lime. In Los Angeles alone, there have been a reported 250 emergency room visits by e-scooter riders and at least 2 deaths related to e scooters.
Local cities have taken steps to address public safety concerns:
West Hollywood: It is illegal to rent an e-scooter in the City of West Hollywood. It is also illegal to leave an e-scooter on a city sidewalk in West Hollywood. However, if you rent outside the city, you can ride the e-scooter through the city limits either in a designated bike lane or in a regular traffic lane. Riding on sidewalks in West Hollywood is strictly prohibited and the West Hollywood Sherriff’s Department strictly enforces these rules.
Los Angeles: Scooter companies such as Bird and Lime are allowed to place scooters on city streets and make them available for use. It is legal ride in designated bike lanes or regular traffic lanes, but the speed limit is 15 miles per hour.
Beverly Hills: The use of e-scooters is completely banned. You can’t even ride through the city. The City of Beverly Hills Police Department strictly enforces the ban and regularly tickets e-scooter riders.
Whether you have been injured while riding on a e-scooter or hit by an e-scooter, you may have a right to compensation against the company or the person who caused your injury. It is important to speak with an experienced attorney who understands the often-complex liability issues involved.
If you have been injured in an e-scooter accident and received serious injuries, give the Law Office of Craig Charles a call today for a free, no-cost, no obligation consultation. The Law Office of Craig Charles has vast experience dealing with the complexities of e-scooter liability. Allow us to put our experience to work for you. The Law Office of Craig Charles is located on the Sunset Strip in Weho and is an LGBTQ affirming law firm. Give us a call today at 424-343-0660.
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