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You’ve seen Bird electric scooters all over Santa Monica. Similar to bikeshare and carshare programs, Bird scooters are touted as an innovative and environmentally friendly form of transportation. Our thought when we first saw them “flying” around Santa Monica and haphazardly abandoned on city sidewalks: accident waiting to happen – potentially very bad accident. We have seen:

  • Children riding the scooters
  • People tandem riding the scooters
  • People riding the scooters without helmets
  • People riding the scooters on sidewalks
  • People riding the scooters (which are black – why? Cool factor? They should be a bright florescent color!) at night without lights
  • Scooters left abandoned in the middle of sidewalks

Why You Need a Lawyer After a Bird Scooter Accident

Electric scooter accidents can result from many scenarios:

  • Operator of an electric scooter is hit by a car or truck
  • Pedestrian trips on a scooter parked on a sidewalk
  • Scooter operator crashes as the result of a defect with the scooter
  • Car driver swerves and crashes while attempting to avoid a scooter
  • Scooter operator swerves and crashes while attempting to avoid a car, pedestrian, pothole, or debris in the roadway

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident involving a Bird scooter, and someone else was at fault for the accident, our firm will demand that the at-fault party pay for the damages caused.

Serious injuries can result from a scooter accident. Those injuries can affect you and your family for the rest of your life. You want the best personal injury lawyer on your side. At McGee, Lerer & Associates, our husband and wife team of Santa Monica attorneys are here to help victims of serious injury.

Motorized Scooter Law in California

Bird scooters are considered “motorized scooters” under California law. California Vehicle Code Section 407.5 defines a “motorized scooter” as any two-wheeled device that has handlebars, a floorboard that is designed to be stood upon when riding, and is powered by an electric motor.

California Vehicle Code Section 21235 requires that motorized scooter operators:

  • Wear a helmet (this applies to minors AND adults)
  • Have a valid driver’s license or instruction permit
  • NOT operate the scooter with any passengers
  • ay NOT carry any package, bundle or article that prevents the operator from keeping at least one hand on the handlebars
  • NOT operate the scooter on a sidewalk, except as necessary to enter or leave adjacent property
  • NOT leave the scooter lying on its side on any sidewalk, or park it on a sidewalk in any other position that would not leave an adequate path for pedestrian traffic
  • NOT attach the scooter, or the operator, while on the roadway, to any other vehicle on the roadway

According to California Vehicle Code Section 21223, if riding at night, the motorized scooter must have a front light that is visible from the front and sides, and reflectors that are visible from the rear and sides.

If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of an accident involving a Bird scooter, contact McGee, Lerer and Associates today. Consultations are free. If you decide to hire us, you pay us nothing up front. We are only paid if we recover money for you, and we are paid out of the money we recover for you. You never cut us a check.


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