Pascoe Law FirmMOPED SCOOTER ACCIDENT LAWYER
Principal office located in Friendswood, Texas.
Available to service League City, Webster, Pearland, Galveston, and the surrounding areas within Texas.
Moped Scooter Accident Lawyer
For many urban commuters, a moped or motor scooter can be an economical way to zip around town. These gas efficient vehicles can travel up to 100 MPG, making them economically an excellent choice for your wallet as well as easier to find a parking spot for in congested areas. However, just like their faster siblings, motorcycles, these vehicles leave their riders vulnerable to injury during an accident and have their specific dangers as well.
Injuries Sustained From Moped Accidents
Why Are Scooters So Popular?
- Fuel Efficiency – Of the top 250 brands of scooters in the United States, the least fuel-efficient models still get 50 miles per gallon or more. The most fuel-efficient models can go for up to 144 miles on a single gallon of gasoline. Compare that to a nationwide average of just 25 MPG for passenger cars (even less for SUVs, trucks, and vans) and you can see the potential for huge savings at the pump.
- Smaller Carbon Footprint – That fuel efficiency also translates into a smaller carbon footprint. The average commuter car produces 4.7 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. An average scooter releases only a fraction of that.
- Convenient Parking – In high-density areas like Houston and parts of Austin and Dallas, parking can be a real struggle. Scooters fit nearly anywhere and some are even small enough that they can even be brought inside (or up onto the curb) if there’s no parking available on the street.
- Ease of Use – Though most scooters are classified as motor-driven cycles under Texas law and their operators must have a Class M license, these machines aren’t as complex as most motorcycles. Instead of a manual clutch and gears, scooters most often have automatic transmissions—you just turn them on and ride.
- The Cost Savings – There are a lot of ways choosing a scooter over a car can save you money. Whereas a typical automobile can cost on average over $34,000 for new or $19,000 for used an average scooter runs around $2,000 to $4,000 (though high-end models can be considerably more). Scooters generally have a much shorter expected lifespan than a car but still, you’re still looking at a cost savings of at least 4 to 5 times that of buying a used car.
How Safe Are Scooters?
Accident Risks for Motor Scooters
Mopeds were initially designed as a hybrid between a bicycle and a motorcycle, combining self-propelling with a backup motor. Subsequently, riders of these vehicles have a combination of risks that both bicyclist and motorcyclists endure when on the road. All have little protection to prevent injury in an accident and have a lower visibility by other drivers. However, mopeds and scooters have their issues as well.
- Slow speeds. The slow speed of a scooter can be hard to judge for other drivers on the road, making them susceptible to rear-end collisions. It also may be difficult for other drivers to tell exactly how fast a moped is going, causing them to pull out in front of them.
- Fast stops. A moped or scooter can stop much quicker than a car, truck or even a motorcycle. These quick stops may not be anticipated by a close-following vehicle that may rear-end the moped.
- Wipeouts: Accidents can also occur when drivers are tailgating or riding very closely to a moped. If the moped is hit unexpectedly, a wipeout can occur.
- Inclement Weather: Since a moped has two wheels, it operates differently than a car would in poor weather conditions. Problems such as trouble controlling the moped or issues with braking may occur, which can lead to an accident.
- Roadway obstacles. A large pothole, road defects or other roadway obstacles can affect a moped or motor scooter much differently than a four-wheeled vehicle or even a heavier motorcycle. These can cause the riders to lose control and possibly crash.
- Blind Spots: Accidents occur when a moped is being ridden in another vehicles blind spot. A moped rider should always assume that other drivers on the road cannot see them, since a moped is greatly smaller than a car or SUV. Extra precautions should be taken when making turns or merging.
- Intersections: The most common moped accidents happen when another driver is making a left hand turn at an intersection. For this reason, intersections are a popular location for injuries to occur.
- Speeding: Although a moped can only reach 30 mph, you must be watchful of how fast you’re going. Drive slow enough so that you have time to make stops and so other drivers have time to react to you.
- Alcohol: It is never okay to drink alcohol and operate any kind of machinery. Since a moped isn’t exactly a car, many seem to think the consequences of driving a moped drunk are less harmful. Even one drink can cause impairment and an accident.
Steps to Avoid A Moped Accident
Scooter and moped riders should take particular caution when riding in traffic. These precautions should include the following:
- Wear colorful clothing and a helmet
- Avoid lane sharing and swerving in traffic
- Ride extra carefully while going over speed bumps
- Pretend like you are on a bike, and use that same level of care
- Do not ride in rain or snow
- Avoid riding at night unless you are in a brightly lit area
- Do not speed
- Do not drink and drive
- Drive defensively and always assume other motorists do not see you
- Do not wear shorts or a t-shirt
If you are in an accident, do not talk to anyone other than police about how the accident occurred and promptly receive medical attention even if your injuries may initially seem minor. Do not give a statement to anyone without having legal counsel present. Most importantly, contact an experienced moped accident lawyer to handle your injury claim, which may well include disputed liability.