Harmless Appearance of Scooters Obscures Motorcycle Accident Type Risks
Because of slow economic growth, stubbornly high unemployment rates and high gas prices, Georgia consumers are looking for strategies to cut their household costs. One increasingly popular option for drivers to reduce commuting costs involves the use of electric scooters or mopeds. These vehicle provide a fuel efficient and fun way to commute to a college campus, drive to work or even travel to the local mall. Because the devices look less daunting than a Harley Davidson® or other motorcycles, many Atlanta drivers underestimate the potential risks associated with these vehicles.
Although a motorcycle decked out in flashy bright colors may look less intimidating than a conventional motorcycle, scooters present hazards that are comparable to a motorcycle, which include the following:
- Diminished visibility because of the vehicle’s relatively small size
- Lack of structural protection from a vehicle frame or body
- More limited stability and control associated with two-wheeled vehicles
- Speed and power that can rival motorcycles
- Exposure to vehicle ejections and rollovers
- Minimal margin for error when implementing evasive maneuvers or suddenly stopping
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that approximately 40,000 people per year seek attention in hospital emergency rooms for injuries suffered in scooter, Vespa® and moped accidents. The federal agency also indicates that the number of collisions involving scooters and similar types of motor vehicles has risen sharply in recent years.
While this data is based on national trends, Georgia is no exception to the proposition that two-wheeled vehicles like mopeds and scooters are dangerous. Scooters are particularly popular among college students because they provide a way to avoid traffic congestion and provide a cheap way to get around the campus community. However, the potential risk posed by scooters is apparent if one simply considers the impact on the Georgia Bulldog football team in recent times. Two years ago, UGA player Derrick Lott injured his leg in a scooter crash and missed several weeks of the season.
If you or someone close to you is injured or a loved one dies in a moped or Vespa accident, call 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) to speak with an experienced Atlanta car accident attorney at Montlick and Associates. We are available to provide effective legal representation to those throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.