26 Oct Are Hoverboards Legal in California?
October 21, 2015 is barely behind us. But if you’re dreaming about gliding down the street on your “hoverboard” like Marty McFly, you’ll have to think again (at the very least in Britain).
The Crown Prosecution Service has deemed self balancing scooters illegal to ride in public in Great Britain. According to section 72 of the 1835 Highway Act, powered vehicles like Segways and hoverboards aren’t permitted on the sidewalk.
CPS has added further restriction, deeming handless scooters illegal to ride on the road because they can’t be ridden safely alongside cars.
If you live in Great Britain and own a hoverboard, don’t get your knickers in a bunch. You can still ride a hoverboard on private property with the property owner’s permission.
So Are Hoverboards Legal in California?
In California it’s not a question of if hoverboards are legal, but where you can ride them.
The Golden State classifies hoverboards with segways. California state law permits hoverboards and other “electric personal assistive mobility devices” to be ridden on sidewalks, bicycle paths, and low-speed roads.
Inappropriate use can still get you in trouble with the law. Rapper Wiz Khalifa was forced to the ground by US customs agents at LAX for refusing to get off his hoverboard in August.
What Should I Do If I’m Injured in a Hoverboard Accident?
Hoverboards are becoming popular sight on college campuses and make for hilarious falls.
Unfortunately, accidents aren’t as funny when someone gets hurt. If you were hit by a car while riding a hoverboard or injured by someone riding a scooter recklessly, you may have a claim.
- Get Medical Treatment – Car vs pedestrian accidents can cause serious injuries. It’s important to get checked out by a doctor after any collision with a car.
- Exchange Contact Information – Pursuing a claim is difficult without any contact information. Even if you’re not interested in filing a claim, collecting this information now gives you the opportunity to file a claim, if you discover you’re more hurt than you thought.
- Talk to a Lawyer – Self-balancing scooters emerged in popularity in 2014. It is unchartered territory in personal injury law. If you’ve suffered a serious injury, call an attorney to learn more about your rights and options.
Don’t let the stress of your injuries and medical bills get to you. Find out if you have a claim today by calling 1-800-881-2021. The sooner we hear from you, the more we can do for your case.