California used to require all electric scooter riders to wear helmets. On January 1, 2019 that changed. E-scooter riders under 18 years old are still required to wear helmets, but adults are not. Of course, there are mixed feelings on the change. Safety advocates hate it. E-scooter accidents have become all too common, throughout the country, since the rentable dockless e-scooters swarmed the nation in March 2018. But those in favor of the change say that the helmet requirement discouraged people from taking advantage of the popular “last mile” solution because not that many people carry helmets.
Controversial Change, But Helmet Use is Up to You
Although the change is controversial and some find it shocking in light of California’s strict helmet laws for motorcyclists, the decision of whether to wear a helmet or not is now up to you. Just because the requirement has been removed does not mean that you cannot choose to wear a helmet for your own safety.
Helmet use, or lack thereof, is just one small piece of the puzzle with electric scooter injuries. Although helmets can minimize head and brain injuries, they do not make up for inexperience, carelessness and distraction, and they do not keep responsible e-scooter riders from getting hit by negligent drivers.
The electric scooter safety equation has a long way to go. And, if you are planning to rent an e-scooter, be sure to check local laws before heading out. The state of California has removed the helmet requirement for adult riders, but cities are considering helmet requirements and other restrictions on e-scooters.
If you have been seriously injured in an electric scooter accident, please call Sheridan & Rund, PC at 888-640-6789 or email us today to schedule your free initial consultation.