There are plenty of people who own scooters in and around Beaver County. They can offer a convenient and cheaper way to get around town. They cost less to buy and to operate. However, they do pose greater risks for people on the roadways mainly because of the carelessness of other drivers.
If you have been the victim of a scooter accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you should consider seeking legal assistance. At the SMT Legal, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to step in and work to get you the compensation you deserve. When you need a Beaver County scooter accident attorney, we are here for you.
What Is The Reality?
When we look at the Pennsylvania DOT website to find out about moped injury statistics, we run into a problem – they do not track these accidents. That leaves us wondering just how often moped drivers are harmed due to other people’s negligence on the roadway.
We do know that moped drivers face extra scrutiny when they are on the roadway. Even though they have to register the vehicle and have insurance, the insurance companies will still put up a fight when it comes to a settlement. Often, insurance companies will try to blame the moped driver for the accident even if that is not the truth.
We do know that moped and scooter injuries tend to be severe. A driver has no protection from the force of a vehicle slamming into them and they are often thrown to the hard roadway to a second impact.
Studies have shown that most traffic infrastructure does not accommodate mopeds or scooters in any way and that these vehicles must use regular roadways. Studies have also found that as much as 20 percent of moped and scooter accidents result in severe or fatal injuries.
It is not uncommon for us to see a debilitating spinal cord or head injury as a result of moped accidents. Just as commonly, we see broken bones, severe lacerations, and even internal organ damage. These injuries often require long-term rehabilitation for a person to make a full recovery.
Do you know if your insurance will support this kind of care?
What if you are denied a settlement, even if another person caused the accident?
We do not think that you should be treated any differently by insurance companies because of the vehicle you were driving when an accident occurs.
Your Next Steps
If you were riding on your moped and were injured due to the negligence of another person on the roadway, speak to an attorney as soon as possible. At the SMT Legal, our personal injury lawyers will work to secure the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses. This can include:
- Coverage for your medical bills
- Lost income if you are unable to work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages