Scooter and Moped Accident Stats

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
It is no secret that Americans adore having a number of transportation options at their disposal. Since the days of the horse, we’ve loved having the wind in our hair and the promise of adventure up ahead. Unfortunately, some of our preferred modes of travel haven’t always loved us back. Such is the case with scooters and mopeds.

The exact number of scooter and moped accidents that occur each year is hard to assess for one simple reason. They’re often merged with statistics covering other, two-wheeled modes of travel (e.g. motorcycles and motorized bicycles). But what statistical analysts know is this: scooters and mopeds have the potential to cause personal injury to others.

And yes, there have been a few mode specific studies completed over the years that back up their assertions. There are two that come to mind. One was published in the July 2011 edition of the Journal of Trauma and the other appeared in the Accident Analysis & Prevention some years later (August 2013). Both show that the two vehicles have a history of causing personal injuries, especially when speed and natural illumination are a factor.

The personal injuries that have a tendency to occur during scooter and moped accidents are remarkably similar to those typically equated with motorcycle collisions. With that said, the most worrisome are:

  • Head and Leg Injuries
  • Nerve Damage and Soft Tissue Lacerations
  • Broken Bones and Severed Muscles
  • Injured ligaments
  • Paralysis and Bruising to the Spinal Column
They have the potential to be catastrophic. As such, families of scooter and moped accident victims should never be without sound counsel. It may be possible for victims of scooter and moped accidents to receive reimbursement for related expenses and more. To find out what scooter and moped accident victims should do right away to ensure they’re not alone, please contact us.

Motorcycle Accidents:Does Wearing a Helmet Impact your Personal Injury Case?

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

If you've been inured in a motorcycle accident, your personal injury case could be affected by your use of a helmet. How much a helmet matters depends on where you live, the injuries you've sustained and the circumstances of your collision. 

How will helmet use impact your case? 

Wearing a helmet: If you were wearing a helmet but still sustained some kind of head injury, your use of the proper safety care is an essential part of your case. Using a helmet shows that you took all proper precautions to preserve your health and that your injuries would have been much worse without the protection. If another driver was at fault, helmet damage can show just how fast and how poorly they were operating a vehicle, since helmets are designed to withstand significant impact. 

If you were wearing a helmet but did not sustain a head injury, the helmet still shows that you followed the law if applicable and that you were a cautious and safe operator. 

Not wearing a helmet: If you chose not to wear a helmet and had injuries to your head, it may make your case more difficult. Even if your state has no helmet law or very lax helmet rules, not wearing a helmet can still damage your case. For states with helmet laws, lack of a helmet can be catastrophic for your case, even if you didn't have any head injuries, because you were breaking the law by going helmet free. 

All but three states have some form of helmet law, so it is important to follow all the rules of the road before climbing aboard a motorcycle. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, whether you were wearing a helmet or not, the best thing you can do is seek out professional legal advice from a motorcycle injury attorney. Your injury lawyer can help you get the award you deserve for your injuries and make sure you are fully compensated after your accident.


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