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.