Time to Take Moped Safety Seriously?
Connecticut has strict rules and guidelines governing motorcycle use, and also does a great deal to promote awareness among both motorcyclists and drivers who share the road with them. However, when it comes to mopeds and other motorized scooters, there isn’t the same push to educate riders about operating them safely—despite the fact that mopeds can be just as dangerous as motorcycles!
According to research from the US National Library of Medicine, there is a 4% likelihood of death and a 31% chance of severe injury following a collision between a moped and a motor vehicle. Of those, most of the injuries that required hospitalization were neurological or orthopedic in nature. Your brain and your bones are at risk.
Their research also pointed out that unlike motor vehicle drivers, who are required by law to have insurance, over 90% of drivers involved in moped or scooter crashes did not have insurance. Only 17% were wearing helmets. Factors that contributed to accidents included driving on unpaved roads, driving at speeds greater than 20 mph, driving on major roadways with more than four lanes, and poor lighting conditions.
Moped Safety Advice
Owners of mopeds and scooters in Connecticut should pay attention to some basic safety guidelines to avoid being harmed in similar accidents. Whether your vehicle falls under the classification of moped, scooter, or full-blown motorcycle, much of the advice is the same.
First of all, you should always wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet is often the best way to prevent or lessen any head injury. Other recommended safety gear includes gloves and boots, heavy pants, and a protective jacket.
One of the best ways to avoid collisions is to make sure you are as visible as possible. Many accidents occur because motor vehicle drivers are unaware of a moped’s presence nearby. Wearing bright clothing and keeping your lights on at all times can help increase your visibility.
Moped drivers are also expected to obey all traffic laws, just like any other vehicle. Behavior like riding on road shoulders, darting through traffic, ignoring traffic lights and stop signs, or refusing to use turn signals can lead to serious accidents that put your life at risk.
Moped Accidents Still May Happen
Even if you are obeying all of the traffic rules and driving cautiously, accidents can still happen. Because moped operators and passengers are particularly exposed, their injuries can be severe. Road rash, broken bones, head and brain injuries, and severed limbs can and do happen, leading to expensive medical bills and lengthy recoveries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a moped or scooter accident, you need a Connecticut motorcycle lawyer with the expertise and resources to fight for fair and full compensation. Naizby Law has decades of experience representing victims just like you. Contact us today at (203) 245-8500 to schedule a free consultation.
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