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Do You Have to Wear a Helmet While Riding a Scooter in California? Insight From the Best Scooter Accident Injury Lawyers

California has many strict laws regarding helmet usage when it comes to motorcycles and bicycles. However, when it comes to scooters, the law becomes much different. Technology has blossomed from the classic two-wheeled German concept and birthed a cornucopia of designs that run on a variety of power sources, including manual energy, gasoline, and electric.

With the rapid evolution of scooter technology and availability of companies such as Lime and Bird, the local laws and regulations are struggling to control the popular outbreak. Whether you need to wear a helmet or not is contingent on where you are, your age, and what type of vehicle you are driving. West Coast Trial Lawyers practices scooter injury and personal injury law. Please contact us for a free consultation. In the article below we will be discussing helmet laws in California.

Past California Helmet Law In California

In the past, California helmet law prohibited anyone from riding an electric scooter, even adults, without proper headgear. Like with motorcycle helmet law, regulations are placed for the protection of both the public and the rider. Manually-powered scooters, however, are not subject to these laws as they travel at lower speeds and are less likely to cause serious injury.

In the past, if you were caught on an electric scooter without a helmet, you could be fined up to $200.

Residential users of rideshare scooters from companies like Lime and Bird objected to such regulations due to the fact that most scooter rideshare users do not purchase helmets.

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Current Helmet Law In California

With the debut of California AB 2989, only riders under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet. This exempts adults from wearing helmets while riding electric scooters of any type. This is likely due to the pushback from major rideshare scooter companies who argue that the beauty of their business is its convenience and that it is not convenient to require riders to always carry a helmet.

Age Requirements

Under California Law it is required for all riders who are under the age of 18 to wear a helmet on most vehicles, whether they are manually or electrically powered.

The Scooter Helmet Debate

The list below details the pros and cons of scooter helmet usage:


  • Offers more protection 
  • Encourages safety practices 


  • Increases the number of scooters on the road 
  • Increases bolder behavior, such as riding in prohibited areas

Available Damages

Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out of pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries. 

A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out of pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss  of Enjoyment of Life
  • Other Non-Economic Damanges

Punitive Damages

The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact are only incorporated in 5% of all verdicts.

Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.

West Coast Trial Lawyers Will Help You Earn Maximum Compensation For Your Scooter Accident

If you have sustained injuries in the city of Los Angeles as a result of a scooter accident, a personal injury attorney at our firm can help you recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call West Coast Trial Lawyers today at (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our experienced, caring, and compassionate legal team.


If you have been injured in an accident, you can count on the legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers to fight for your rights every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney.
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