With the advances in technology and construction, scooters have become a viable option for commuters and others as a reliable and cost-effective means of transportation. You can get a good scooter for less than a couple thousand dollars and you can typically get upwards of 65-75 miles per gallon. They have more get up and go than a moped, so they’re great for getting around town, and it’s easy to find a place to park them.
But if you opt for a scooter as your mode of transportation, you need to take proactive measures to minimize the risk of injury in an accident. With a scooter, as with a motorcycle, there’s little to protect you if you lose control or are involved in a collision.
The Principle Causes of Scooter Accidents
Similar to motorcycles, the primary cause of accidents involving scooters is the failure of other motorists to pay necessary attention. As a result, the majority of scooter accidents involve collisions with other motor vehicles:
- Head on collisions where a motorist either turns into the path of a scooter or fails to yield to the right of way of a scooter operator
- Sideswipes where a motorist changes lanes without looking or observing a scooter
- Left-turn or right-turn accidents where a motor vehicle operator fails to observe right of way
There are also situations where you can risk serious injury without a collision with another vehicle. Because a scooter is lighter, you can be more easily affected by potholes, dead animals or other debris on the roadway, loose gravel or dirt or uneven pavement.
Contact Weber & Nierenberg
At Weber & Nierenberg, our attorneys have protected the rights of injured people in the San Francisco Bay area for more than three decades, including persons hurt in motorcycle and scooter accidents. We understand that every situation is unique, so we’ll take the time to carefully investigate your case and tailor our representation to meet your needs. With Weber & Nierenberg, you’ll have access to a partner at all times.