As readers of our blog know, we have been following recent stories about safety concerns surrounding the electric scooters that many residents of Orange County have seen zipping around Los Angeles and its many suburbs and satellite cities. The latest story involves another recall. Lime, one of the distributers of these scooters, recently announced that it was pulling several vehicles from the streets based on concerns that the scooters could suddenly break apart from underneath the feet of their riders.
A previous post on this blog talked about some of the dangers the electric scooters one can now find zipping around Los Angeles and its Orange County satellite cities present both to riders and to other members of the public. To follow up on that post, Lime, one of the major distributors of these scooters, recently pulled thousands of its products from the streets of cities in the area and across the country. Apparently, some of these scooters have a tendency to catch fire, particularly if the casing holding their batteries has been damaged.
A previous post on this California blog talked about how the newest transportation trend, electric scooters that pedestrians can pick up and drop off as they travel through crowded areas, poses hazards to riders and those with whom these scooters share the roads and sidewalks. This post mentioned that several people had been injured by these devices, often because they were not equipped with a helmet or because they did not receive instruction about how to operate the device.
Many residents of Southern California probably see a lot of promise in hybrid vehicles. They can save their users bundles of money in fuel costs since they can be run using electricity. Moreover, they are clean and relatively good for the environment.
In California as well is in other parts of the country and the world, electric scooters are becoming a transportation craze. Although it might be fun to travel over 10 miles per hour on a scooter, they have also proven to be dangerous, as several people, including several in California, have suffered significant injuries on account of these scooters. Some of these incidents involved injuries to the head, which can leave a person suffering permanent disabilities.
Previous posts here have discussed issues with airbags that had a tendency to explode in an accident. However, this is not the only sort of safety equipment that is prone to explosion or fire in a significant collision. For instance, seatbelts are also equipped with a device that forces the belt to tighten rapidly in an accident, thereby restraining the passenger in his or her seat and, when working properly, protecting that person.
Especially in a state like California that loves technology, cars that have systems built in which can help drivers do a lot of basic safety tasks, like brake or maintain a steady cruising speed, are all the rage. These vehicles are in theory supposed to help drivers avoid accidents and, as an added bonus, conserve energy by preventing fluctuations in speed and jerky starts and stops.
Those residents of Costa Mesa and other parts of Orange County and the greater Los Angeles area who pay attention to the news probably realize that cars are getting more and more automated. There are already some cars on the market or being tested that can, to a large extent, operate with minimal involvement from the driver.
As many Californians already know by now, this state has legalized the recreational use of marijuana. As a result, what was once an illegal drug sold in the shadows is now a product being sold by several upstart businesses in the state. Whether one thinks the legalization of marijuana is a good idea or not, no one can deny that as the cannabis business becomes part of the ordinary economy of this state, important new legal questions are emerging.
Previous posts on this blog have discussed how, sometimes, a traffic accident in the Los Angeles area is not so much the fault of either driver as it is the fault of the vehicle itself. Motorists count on their vehicles functioning correctly, and when they fail due to a manufacturing or design defect, it can leave a driver suddenly unable to prevent a collision. In other cases, a flaw in the vehicle, or one of its component parts, can aggravate the injuries a Southern California victim suffers after an accident. Such was the case in the ongoing Takata airbag scandal this blog reported on recently.