Mopeds have grown in popularity in recent times since they are a convenient, affordable alternative to driving a car or motorcycle. Although they are more convenient, they can also be more dangerous and accidents may occur if they are not operated properly.
Obtaining a moped license does not require you to have to a standard driver’s license. You can be as young as 14-years-old and permitted to operate a moped. In these cases, some of the drivers you come across may not be as experienced on the roads or be as aware of the common traffic laws that all drivers most follow when on the road.
Some of the most common reasons a moped accident or injury occur:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Before operating a moped you should always take proper safety precautions. Wear a helmet, as well as protective gear and clothing that is easily visible to other drivers on the road. If you have blinkers or lights on your moped, use them. If not, it may be smart to invest in some. Make sure you are obeying all of the traffic laws and use extra caution when merging, switching lanes or making turns. If you do happen to wipeout while driving, try to get out of oncoming traffic as quickly as possible.
If an accident occurs while you are riding a moped, you should follow the same procedure you would if you were to get in a car accident. Determine who was at fault, get the proper information from the other driver, obtain proof of any injuries that occurred and check your insurance policy.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a moped accident, contact the moped accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Glen S. Barry, P.C. to schedule a free moped injury consultation.