Moped and scooter accidents are becoming more and more frequent as gas prices skyrocket and people search for affordable ways to travel and commute. Mopeds, scooters, and other two-wheeled vehicles require much less gas and are therefore much less expensive to operate on a tight budget. However, with the lower operating costs come higher risks in other categories. Moped and scooter drivers are exposed, with no steel/aluminum frame to protect them (like they would have in a traditional passenger car).
In 2012, there were 90 accidents involving scooters and mopeds in Indiana. 67 percent of those accidents caused injury to the scooter/moped driver. If you or your loved one has been injured in a scooter or moped accident, contact our firm for a free consultation. At Wagner Reese, we have spent over 20 years in practice assisting severely injured victims and the families of people who were wrongfully killed throughout Indiana. Our Indianapolis moped and scooter accident attorneys can help you understand your legal options and fight for a favorable outcome for your case.
Call (888) 204-8440 or contact us online today to schedule your no-cost, no-obligation case evaluation.
How Moped & Scooter Accidents Occur
Legislation introduced in 2015 mandates that all moped and scooter operators register their vehicles and maintain the proper license and insurance, when applicable. Registration is divided into two categories, Class A and Class B, depending on the size of the engine. Despite these regulations, mopeds and scooters are often treated much more casually than other types of vehicles by both operators and others around them on the road. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission released a study that showed about two-thirds of all motorized scooter-related emergency room visits involved drivers who were under the minimum age of 15.
Not all moped and scooter accidents are the result of operator inexperience, error, or negligence, however. In fact, many moped and scooter accidents occur as a result of the negligence of another person, company, or entity.
Some of the common causes of moped and scooter accidents include:
- Negligent car, truck, and motorcycle drivers
- Defective roads (e.g. potholes, uneven surfaces, etc.)
- Distracted driving by other drivers
- Driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol (OWI/DUI)
- Careless, reckless, or intentional actions of other motorists
If you or your loved one was injured in a moped or scooter crash and you believe negligence played a role, reach out to our legal team for a free case evaluation. Depending on the unique circumstances involved in your case, you may be entitled to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, lost earning capacity, emotional distress, and other damages.
To speak with one of our experienced moped and scooter accident lawyers in Indianapolis, call (888) 204-8440 today. We offer free consultations and can come to you if needed.