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San Diego Finally Releasing Scooter Regulations

Posted By The Law Offices of Eugene G. Bruno, P.C. Posted in: Pedestrian Accident.

23-March-2019

We have been talking about electric scooters for the better part of a year. As they have gained popularity in major cities throughout the country, they have also raised concerns over safety. Many people have been seriously injured in the US due to scooter crashes and some people have even lost their lives.

San Diego has taken its time creating rules about electric scooters. There have been thousands of complaints from citizens about the safety of both riders and the people around them. At the Law Offices of Eugene G. Bruno, we know that electric scooters are only one of many dangers that pedestrians face daily in and around the city. If you need a San Diego pedestrian accident attorney, you can count on us to be by your side.

What These Regulations Mean

Mayor Kevin Faulconer released a draft of the regulations for the electric scooter industry recently.

“We welcome more mobility options, and these new regulations take a common-sense approach that will allow this emerging market to grow in a responsible way,” he said in a statement.

So, what do they say?

  • In designated areas, speed will be regulated to 8 mph using geofencing technology. These will be high pedestrian traffic areas. There will also be “no-ride” zones in which speed is reduced to 2 mph.
  • Parking will be restricted in certain areas, such as on boardwalks, around Petco Park, and the Embarcadero.
  • Workers for the companies will be restricted where they can set the vehicles up and can only be staged in groups of four, 40 feet apart.
  • They cannot be parked within 500 feet of K-12 schools or hospitals. They can also not be parked near bus or trolley stops.
  • Scooters must say in large font that “Riding on Sidewalks is Prohibited.”
    There are also new fees proposed for the operation of the scooters on scooter companies.

What Are The Concerns

Across the country, and right here in San Diego, there have been many injury accidents involving electric scooters. There are no training requirements for those who want to ride the scooters and riders do not have to wear helmets. Inexperienced riders have proven to be a danger to both themselves and to other people around them. Right now, they can be driven up to 15 mph. At these speeds, both riders and pedestrians can suffer major injuries in the event of a crash.

What You Can Do Now

Despite the new regulations for scooters, we know that there will be more injuries. There are always going to be pedestrian injuries. At the Law Offices of Eugene G. Bruno, we will help pedestrian crash victims get the compensation they deserve. This can include:

  • Coverage of medical expenses
  • Recovery of income if you miss work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Possible punitive damages

When you need a San Diego pedestrian accident attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling us at 619-577-4077 for a free consultation. You do not have to do this alone.

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