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Facts Regarding Scooter Accidents

Denver injury attorney R. Mack Babcock offers advice on how best to avoid car accidents on a scooter, moped or motorcycle and what your legal rights are in the event of injury

Scooters have become an increasingly popular form of transportation in Colorado, as well as across the United States.  In 2008, when gas and oil prices skyrocketed during the economic recession, scooters quickly became known as a financially prudent way to quickly get around town for many people – not just for the "older" crowd as they were once viewed.

If you own a scooter or are considering buying one, continue reading to learn about a several important facts regarding scooters and your legal rights in the event that you have an accident while driving one.

Scooter Benefits and Safety

As DMV suggests, there are several advantages to using a scooter as a mode of transportation. For instance:

  • You can buy some scooters for less than $1000
  • You can generally get up to 70 mpg on a scooter
  • You can fill up a tank on a scooter for around 5 bucks
  • They are faster than a moped and easier to park than a motorcycle

Despite these advantages, it's critical to remember that – unlike a car – on a scooter you are offered little to no protection in the event of an accident.  Similar to getting into a motorcycle accident, you are extremely vulnerable on a scooter.

Here are some simple but effective ways to protect yourself from sustaining serious bodily injury during a scooter accident and tips for preventing a crash from occurring in the first place:

  • Always wear a helmet and eye protection
  • Stay aware of your surroundings at all times
  • Be more cautious than when behind the wheel of a car
  • Wear a riding jacket that is visible and bright
  • NEVER speed
  • Install reflective stick-ons on your scooter and helmet
  • Beware of the tailgater
  • Don't drive distracted
  • Avoid blind spots
  • Give ample time to indicate you are turning
  • Exercise extreme caution when approaching intersections

Causes of Scooter or Moped Accidents and What to do if You are Injured

Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, occasionally accidents still happen.  For the unprotected driver of a moped, scooter or motorcycle, collisions that happen in the blink of an eye can have devastating lifelong consequences.

Head-on collisions make up a majority of scooter accidents and are the most common and fatal type of scooter crash.  Scooter accidents also frequently occur on left hand turns.  Small scooters and mopeds are more difficult for other drivers to see, which is why scooter drivers must be fully aware of their surroundings at all times and not speed so that they can stop or slow down if a car driver doesn't see them.

Lane splitting can cause serious accidents as well.  Never try to run between two lanes of traffic to get to your destination. It's not worth your life.

Other common reasons behind many scooter accidents are:

  • Potholes
  • Uneven pavement
  • Dead animals and other debris in the road
  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

When a scooter accident does happen, oftentimes serious injuries occur.  Some of the more common ones include:

  • Head and/or brain injury
  • Neck and/or spinal cord injury
  • Back injury
  • Nerve damage
  • Loss of hands, feet, fingers and other limbs
  • Paralysis
  • Death

Just like everyone else on the road, you have rights as a driver of a scooter, moped or motorcycle!

If you or someone you love has been involved in a scooter accident, discuss your case with Denver's top accident attorney Mack Babcock for a free consultation.  If it can be determined that the accident was caused by another driver's negligence or recklessness, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, loss of employment or pay and other damages.

**NOTE – this article and all content at Injurylawcolorado.com is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice

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