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Left-turn accidents are what motorcyclists fear most

One of the scariest occurrences that motorcyclists hope will never happen to them is for a motorist to make a left turn out in front of them. When this occurs, it often results in fatal consequences. There are proactive measures that motorcyclists can take to avoid these types of crashes, though.

Adults May Ride Electric Scooters Without a Helmet

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a new law that removed the requirement for adults to wear a helmet when operating an electric scooter under 35 miles per hour. While riding electric scooters on sidewalks is still prohibited, many California residents are concerned this deregulation may increase the growing number of electric scooter related injuries in California emergency rooms. Others believe the regulation was unnecessary in the first place as adults can already legally ride a bicycle without a helmet. Regardless of how you may see the regulation, it will always be safest to wear a properly fitted helmet when operating a scooter or bicycle.

A Los Angeles bicyclist wins a $9.1 million injury settlement

On Thursday, September 20, a Los Angeles jury ordered that both the city and Caltrans pay $9.1 million to a Topanga Canyon man for having suffered a brain injury along the Pacific Coast Highway in July of 2014. At the time, the man had apparently been trying to avoid running into some debris along the roadway when he lost control of his bike.

Has Los Angeles Tamed the Electric Scooter?

Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously in a 13-0 vote to set new regulations for dockless scooter companies. However, will these rules be enough to regain control over city sidewalks? To start, each company will be limited to 3,000 scooters spread out across L.A. city, except two districts with ongoing pilot programs where fleet numbers are not restricted. This will be a massive decrease in scooters for Bird as some estimate they operate over 15,000 scooters in Los Angeles alone. Companies operating in Los Angeles will be able to increase their fleet size over time by complying with regulations and operating in low income areas. Companies will be mandated to operate a 24 hour hotline for reporting unsafe or illegal behavior with their scooter. Additionally, scooters' max speed will be capped at 15 miles per hour.

Bird and Lime Electric Scooters are back in Santa Monica

After shutting down operations in protest of an unfavorable city council decision, Bird and Lime were selected for the exclusive pilot program in Santa Monica. Jump, Lyft, Lime and Bird will now be allowed to operate a limited number of scooters during the pilot program. Lime and Bird will operate 750 scooter each while Uber and Jump will operate 250 scooters. The number of scooters each company can operate can increase over time as the scooters prove to be handled responsibly. Whether or not these numbers will be too low to prove effective or too high to make a difference in public safety remains to be seen.

Those with uninsured motorist coverage can pay medical bills

California law requires that all motorists maintain auto liability insurance. Despite this, many do not maintain this necessary coverage. This is why many motorists take out added uninsured (UM) or underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage.

Many fatal motorcycle crashes can be prevented

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that as much as 80 percent of all motorcyclists who are involved in crashes end up either getting injured or killed. While a portion of these are relatively unavoidable, a large percentage of them could've been avoided had the bikers taken a few extra precautions in advance.

Electronic Suspension Helps Rider Safety

New electronic suspension for motorcycles has become the norm. Although some old fashioned riders feel as though the essence of riding a bike may be compromised with these systems, they actually help the rider to stay safe. Automatic operating systems in motorcycles are adding safety features, but can also add a false sense of security. Be sure to be aware of the bike and how it functions, as well as the surroundings during the ride for maximum safety.

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